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Tad McCully / Bio

Tad McCully records, performs and teaches frequently in New York City and throughout the tri-state area, and performs nationally and internationally. Most recently, Mr. McCully has done 'Children of Eden' 'Aida' and last year, 'Dreamgirls' at Gallery Players' Theatre. Before that 'Once Upon A Mattress' and the hit-musical 'Trouble' which was featured at the 2012 NYMF Festival. Mr. McCully recorded Dan Kaspar Band's latest CD. In the last two years, Tad was busy doing recordings for Norman Zamcheck including the CD 'Matchbox Universe' and the soundtrack for a documentary about film maker Nicholas Ray ('Rebel Without A Cause') entitled 'Don't Expect Too Much' which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. It's US premier was at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in September, as well as at NYC's Film Forum in October 2011. The documentary just aired on Turner Classic Movies as well. Tad has also been doing live dates with Zamcheck, JUKE, Rabbits Against Magic, Joe Taylor and John Littig's Audio Grafitti. Mr. McCully also did some guest appearances playing for the celebrated Taiwanese singer/songwriter Phil Chang (Zhang Yu) at the MGM Grand, Foxwoods. In late 2009, Tad was chosen to do a tour with Kasim Sulton's (Todd Rundgren, Meatloaf) newly formed solo act. Tad is also a long time member of both the Stormin' Norman & Suzy Band, and The Burr Johnson Band led by monster fusion guitarist Burr Johnson. Some of Burr's other drummers have been/are: Thierry Arpino (Jean-Luc Ponty), Joel Rosenblatt (Michel Camilo, Spyro Gyra), Kim Plainfield (Bill Connors, Tania Maria) and Richie Morales (Spyro Gyra, Brecker Brothers). Tad is also the drummer for the funk/pop powerhouse "Rabbits Against Magic" led by singer/songwriter Michelangelo (arranger/HBO composer). Other 'Rabbits' members are Sebastian Noelle (K.O.A.N., Secret Society) and Trifon Dimitrov (JUKE, Marsha Heydt Group). Tad is also dedicated to launching the current lineup of his own fusion band JUKE, including Ari Ambrose (Steely Dan, Jane Monheit) on sax, Aurelien Budynek (Cindy Blackman Band) on guitar, Trifon Dimitrov (The Prodigals, Marsha Heydt) on bass, Ted Cruz (Alex Blake, HBO) on keyboards and Gary Fritz (Roberta Flack, Dave Valentine, Onaje Allen Gumbs) on percussion.

Mr. McCully also remains a dedicated teacher, maintaining a full roster of students. Among Tad's past and present students are several celebrities, including NYC police commissioner Ray Kelly, New York Times' best-selling author Koren Zailckas ('Smashed'), and actors Eric Thal and (currently) Haley Joel Osment. Mr. McCully's lessons were recently featured in 'Time Out NY' magazine. Tad is the son of famous author and illustrator Emily Arnold McCully.


Randy Cross Band: "Lunching On The One" (1991)
Jim Edwards "Jim Edwards Project" (1992)
Erik Sayles (demo) (1992)
Jonas Grumby "Jonas Grumby" (1993)
Tad McCully (demo) (1994)
Pop Culture "Pop Culture" (1998)
Tad McCully "Tad McCully Trio" (1999)
Rich Rowlinson Trio "Lost At Sea" (2002)
Jon Sid Band "How Many Times" (2005)
Jeannine Cullen "J.C. Band" (2006)
Juke "JUKE" (2006)
Kasim Sulton Band "Live At The Abbey Pub" (2009)
Norman Zamcheck "Matchbox Universe" (2010)
Nick Ray documentary: 'Don't Expect Too Much' (soundtrack) (2011)

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Indie / rock/pop / funk/fusion

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New York, NY

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