“Throughout it all, Raymond displays ferocious chops and a remarkable sense of balance, supporting the overall group sound as much as she asserts her individual voice. In fact, her equipoise as a drummer is perhaps the most salient aspect of this disc, proving time and again that when it comes to left and right, it’s coordination – not separation – that produces the most satisfying results." - Downbeat Editor’s Pick by Brian Zimmerman
“Tina Raymond is another strong female, a forward thinker and a change-maker. She isn’t afraid to express her revolutionary spirit on this compact disc of music. Her arrangements are powerful and expressive. Her artistry; undeniable… she is one of a few women throughout the country in a full-time faculty position in jazz. Even more importantly, she is an exceptional drummer. Every cut on this CD is an exclamation mark on the word excellent." - Musical Memoirs by Dee Dee McNeil
“With loads of material you wouldn’t expect on a jazz trio date, Raymond shows why she’s rising to the top in LA due to eyes and ears approaching things being wide open. An auspicious debut from a cat with a 360 degree observational perspective that doesn’t fail her. Hot stuff." - Midwest Record by Chris Spector
Tina Raymond is a drummer based in Los Angeles, CA. A unique voice in the Los Angeles contemporary improvised music scene, Raymond blends traditional jazz vocabulary with African polyrhythm and classical percussion technique. She performs, adjudicates, and presents workshops world wide and has shared the stage with many jazz luminaries including Bobby Bradford, David Binney, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Jeff Parker, Art Lande, and Vinny Golia. She can be heard on many records including Cathlene Pineda’s “A Weeks Time"(Orenda Records), The Harold Trio’s “Harold Trio" (Edgetone Records), Nick Mancini’s “The Long Game" (self released), Alex Sadnik’s “Londelius" (Big Ego Records), Dan Rosenboom’s “Trio Subliminal" (Orenda Records), Jon Armstrong’s “Burnt Hibiscus" (Orenda Records), and her debut album featuring Art Lande and Putter Smith entitled “Left Right Left" (Orenda Records).
Raymond is an assistant professor of music at Los Angeles City College in Hollywood, CA where she teaches courses in jazz and percussion. She attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M Double Performance - Classical Percussion and Jazz Studies) and California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A Jazz Studies). Raymond studied African ewe music with Ghanaian chief Alfred Ladzekpo, classical percussion with the members of Percussion Group Cincinnati, and jazz drum set with Joe LaBarbera, Jeff Hamilton, and the late John Von Ohlen. She is also an educational artist endorsed by Sabian, Regal Tip, and Remo. She is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and Jazz Education Network.
Raymond is endorsed by Sabian, Regal Tip, and Remo.