Pittsburgh native Cecil Brooks, III is a contemporary drummer and aggressive, polyrhythmic stylist. Cecil has worked in the New York area for over 20 years with such musicians as Greg Osby, Geri Allen and Lonnie Plaxico.
Influenced by his father Cecil Brooks II, Art Blakey and Tony Williams, he recorded his debut album as a leader for Muse in 1989. He later released efforts including 1990′s Hangin’ with Smooth, 1993′s Neck Peckin’ Jammie and 2000′s Our Mister Brooks in addition to session work in both a hard bop and bebop settings.
Brooks also made his mark on the music as a producer with Westside Records where he produced vocalists Gail Allen and Jackie Woods and saxophonist Reggie Wood. Brooks is also an impresario of note by formerly owning and operating the West Orange, New Jersey jazz club “Cecil’s” for over 8 years.