Jim Lawlor, drums

Philadelphia born Jim Lawlor began his musical career in 1979  in Atlantic City, N.J., where he had ready access to some of the greatest musical legends and other world class musicians. His first teacher was Chris Columbo, long time drummer with Louis Jordan’s Tympani Five, and the father of Count Basie drumming legend Sonny Payne. He grew up in a musical family. His mother sang in a radio chorus in the late 40’s, his sister, Joan studied piano, and his brother John, is a renowned jazz tenor guitarist. Jim spent his time playing every casino lounge, showroom, and nightclub at the Jersey Shore with the popular and eclectic  Sooy Swing Band, and since 1989 has enjoyed a traveling the festival circuit here and overseas with the Midiri Brothers, as well as various other bands.