With that training, by the age of twelve, Carvin began playing professionally and won what would be the first of five consecutive Texas rudimental championships. Mr.Carvin’s diversified career has included a two-year tour with Earl Grant throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S., another two years as a staff drummer with Motown Records and extensive studio and television work on the west coast.
Joining Freddie Hubbard’s band in 1973, Mr.Carvin moved to New York where he quickly gained a reputation as a formidable jazz drummer. In addition to leading his own bands, Carvin’s vast playing and recording experience includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Jackie McLean, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Pharoah Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody, Hampton Hawes, Ruth Brown, Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Smith, Hugh Masekela, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Charles Brown, Terumasa Hino, Bobby Watson, Billy Bang, and many others.
Michael Carvin has established himself as one of the world’s most respected drum teachers and clinicians. Students from Europe, Japan and South America come to New York to study at the Michael Carvin School of Drumming. His book, “Something For All Drummers”, written with beginning, intermediate and advanced students in mind, provides information of improving sight reading and soloing abilities. Mr. Carvin has recorded over 150 albums. He endorses Pearl Drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads and the Michael Carvin Signature Drum stick which he designed.