Brian Torff & New Duke

Greg Burrows

Greg Burrows

Greg Burrows is a working jazz drummer in New York. He performs with Brian Torff & New Duke, plays and Lincoln Center, and clubs and venues throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the USA.

Greg experienced many years of working in a variety of bands, clubs and New York City theater jobs–including five years with Brooklyn’s psychedelic Peruvian style group Chicha Libre, and a brief period in the band at the famed Blue Man Group show, 100s of gigs in Manhattan clubs and venues.d

In 2005, Greg discovered the most beautiful sounding and looking drums on the planet at Barry Greenspon’s NYC shop, Drummers World. He has tried other brands but has returned to playing Canopus Drums exclusively, intitiating an endorser relationship in 2017. Canopus are Greg’s Sound. He can’t imagine recording or performing on any other drum brand.

In 2017 Greg returned to his deepest roots, which are to play acoustic jazz: straight-ahead swing, big band jazz, funk jazz, Brazilian and Latin-flavored jazz. That year, he recorded his first CD as leader and executive producer, called Tell York Story. Produced by 2018 NEA Jazz Master, Todd Barkan and surrounded by some of the greatest veteran NY jazz players (Harvie S – bass, Bob DeVos – guitar). Tell Your Story is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby, as a digital download or to purchase CDs. Classic 1950s-70s jazz played in a fresh and new way–please check out: Tell Your Story by Greg Burrows!




Products in use

NV70-M4 Snare Drum

Here is a drum that provides a dry, warm, pure wood tone for the kinds of music I play most. Excellent for sensitive work and brushes, and lower volume playing; the 12 lugs on top give very precise and clean tuning option; the 6 lugs on the bottom open up the lower end of the sonic spectrum and allow the drum to breathe and project downward, giving it a more subdued, mysterious sound. The Maple/Poplar combination warms/darkens the clarity of the maple significantly.

At loud volumes, like a funk backbeat, there's a warm wooden crack but I prefer my Canopus Brass snare if I need clear, loud "crack" projection; the NV70-M4 is a truly unique sound, harkening back to the old Frank Wolf snare drums out of New York in the 1940s, a very rare drum, played only by the small group of people who understood what the concept of the 12/6 lugs was really all about: warmth, sensitivity of touch, magic! My favorite snare drum of all time because it sounds so unique.

Neo Vintage NV60-M1

The warmest "vintage" tone I've ever experienced in a drum but without the flaws and inconsistency typically found in old drums; the pure sound of wood, powerful at stronger volumes (but I'm generally not a loud player so these are perfect for me), and soft/delicate and low volumes. This is the sound I've been searching for my entire life. I'm continuing to find new tuning 'sweet spots' for these drums in each musical situation I play in.