Reality Featuring Jovol "Bam Bam" Bell
300 Athenaeum Street
Texas-born drummer Jovol Bell has a sound that is just as big as the state he hails from. His infectious fusion of hip-hop and straight-ahead jazz produces a unique old-school feel with a new-school sound.
He started playing drums at the age of 5 in church. In 2002, he performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference with legendary drummer Ed Thigpen and up-and-coming jazz artist Sean Jones.
Bell cites as his influences: "the power and speed of Dennis Chambers, the finesse of Vinnie Colaiuta, and the soulful playing of Ralph Peterson."