JIM FRINK - drummer, educator


Jim Frink is a versatile drummer based near Sacramento, CA with a strong background in jazz.

Jim started studying music at an early age and began playing drums professionally while in high school. Upon graduation, he received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was accepted into the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He studied music at UC Santa Cruz and has performed internationally in five countries. His jazz trio, Triism, was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2016 Bucharest International Jazz Competition.

Jim has performed in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, country, pop, Brazilian and Slavic folk music. He performs regularly with Triism (w/Levi Saelua and Alex Reiff), the Brazilian-funk band Boca Do Rio, singer/songwriter Colleen Heauser, punk jazz trio Shiva X (w/Tony Passarell and Robert Kuhlman) and the Mayfair Jazz Combo (ft. Arlyn Anderson). He leads the Jim Frink Trio, which includes Jacam Manricks (alto sax) and George Ban-Weiss (bass) and has a twice-monthly residency at the Root of Happiness Kava Bar in Davis.

Through his involvement in education, Jim enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience on to next generation of drummers. He was a guest lecturer at California State University, Sacramento for the Jazz Pedagogy class and has over 10 years of experience teaching music in California, New Zealand, and Australia. He currently offers private lessons to drum students in Davis.