b. 18 Sept 1977, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. Taking on music as a kid, Zimmer became an adept drummer, learning percussion privately with Adam Sewrey at Carroll University in his home-town from age 10. During his senior high school years he created a preference for jazz, and used some local music artists. Among these was a guitarist called Dave Sullivan, whose child John, a bass participant, became a long-term associate of Zimmer’s. Later on, he attended North Illinois University or college where he analyzed Orchestral/Globe Percussion and jazz drumming. Past due in 1998 he visited the New Britain Conservatory of Music where he focused on jazz drumming. Right here, his educators included Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Cecil McBee, and Danilo Perez. After finding a level at NEC, he started gigging and in middle-2001 relocated to Astoria, NY, and quickly founded a pursuing in NEW YORK. He spent some time working at venues such as for example Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Middle in Washington, DC as an associate from the Betty Carter Jazz Forward System, and Boston’s Berklee Performing Arts Middle. On his debut recording as innovator, 2004’s Common Guy, Zimmer enlisted music artists Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone), Toru Dodo and Rick Germanson (piano), and his older friend John Sullivan (bass). Schooled in the hard bop custom, Zimmer’s musical leanings discover him traveling his group into powerfully swinging shows. Furthermore to his playing, Zimmer can be an experienced composer.