Dana Fitzsimons

Dana Fitzsimons

DANA FITZSIMONS (Atlanta, GA, USA) is the drummer and bandleader of a critically acclaimed avant garde jazz trio featuring BMI Young Jazz Master Chris Otts on tenor saxophone and Patrick Arthur (Grüt, Morgan Guerrin) on guitar. Their debut recording “The Cheap Ensemble” was played on over 175 jazz radio stations. He is also part of a free jazz project with pianist, author, and educator Bill Graham and bassist Brandon Boone, leads the traditional jazz ensemble The Hot Club of Atlanta, and has performed with pianist Harris Simon and New Orleans singer Little Queenie. Dana also founded Blue Pickup Sessions, an Atlanta jazz venue created for hosting, capturing, and sharing performances of free and avant garde jazz and original improvised music.










Products in use

NV60-M1 Snare Drum


"The heart of my kit is this 6.5x14 Neo Vintage NV60-M1 snare in mahogany satin. It delivers everything I love about classic Gretsch snares, but with its lighter solid brass hardware and unique design it has a very musical transparency coupled with tone for days. I’m using the plated vintage snare wires and snare belt on this one. I am knocked out by this drum!"


14x18 BD, 8x12 TT, 13x14 FT

"The kit has arrived and I am knocked out. They open up with the lightest touch and it makes me want to play softer. They are super light in weight but deliver the best of the tone of the great vintage drums - but brought up to date. The attention to detail is amazing. Fit and finish are perfect; bearing edges and stain all perfectly even. They tune easily. The stock heads are exceptional. There’s a transparency to the tone that will make it easier to play and blend with other players. The brass lugs are all class. Under the mics the drums are a dream.

The Hybrid II throne is fantastic - lighter weight, as strong as those heavy thrones we all hate dragging around, and with a natural hemp cover that will be great for long gigs. The Speed Star bearings for pedals are the truth! I’ve played my Camco pedal stock since 1988. When I added the Speed Star bearing, it made my workhorse pedal quieter, more responsive, more efficient, and smoother. Such an easy way to improve your favorite pedal."