Efa Etoroma, Jr. is a Los Angeles-based professional drummer, producer, and educator, who is known for his stylistic versatility, expressive creativity, and his deep musical instincts. He performs and records with a variety of artists including Sensae, Common Souls, Zephyr Avalon, and Moonchild. Efa Jr. also serves on both the Drum set and DJ Performance and Production faculties at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California. He is also a guest teaching artist and columnist for online music education website, Soundfly. Efa Jr uses Yamaha Drums, Promark Sticks, Humes and Berg Cases, and Remo Drumheads exclusively.
“Efa, like [Brian] Blade shares a kindred personality and ability to pick his spots– and his spaces. The tone is similarly rich and warm, sort of reminiscent of Elvin Jones with the snap of Roy Haynes.”
–Bruce T. Wittet, Drums Etc. Magazine
“As a player, Efa Etoroma, Jr. is assured... he’s not afraid to step up and dig in.”
–Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
“Efa is a great young drummer... he plays his backbeats and grooves with a lot of discipline and overall musicality and demonstrates a real maturity in an age where many young drummers seem to try and prove themselves with the number of notes they play rather than how they play them.”
–Dr. Jon McCaslin, Award-winning Jazz Drummer, and Educator
"I trust Efa Etoroma, Jr. with all of my rhythmic affairs!”
–Ted Taforo, Award-winning Saxophonist, and Composer
"Efa Etoroma, Jr. is a very talented musician with a great touch and feel for his instrument. He was a pleasure to work within the studio and brings with him a positive vibe that is so crucial in this business today - I highly recommend him."
–Michael Holowatch, Owner, Mud Dog Drum Studio