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“A very swinging drummer who’s mastered the art of coordinated independence.”
-East Bay Express
"A master of second-line syncopation."
-SF Bay Guardian

Jeremy has been playing drums professionally for over 30 

years. He performs regularly with a wide array of musical projects, including his award-winning saxes-and-drums trio Mo’Fone, The Erika Oba Trio, Jean Fineberg & JAZZphoria, Jennifer Jolly & Friends, the Bonafides, his own J. Steinkoler Quartet, and various other jazz players and singer/songwriters.


His groovy, feel-based approach to the drums has earned him prodigious credits as a sideman, including performances and recordings with members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dave Ellis, Kirk Joseph, Clarence Bucaro, Jenna Mammina, Mamadou Sidibe, Chelle & Friends, Guru Garage, Valerie Orth, Rachel Efron, Flyover StatesKevin Beadles, Featprints, Hot Links, Phatlip, the Jolly Gibsons, Sam Rudin, and many other top musicians around the Bay Area. He leads and composes for Mo’Fone, which has been featured repeatedly at the Monterey, San Francisco and Sonoma Jazz Festivals, and just released their 4th album, 3 Skidoo.


In addition to his busy career as a performer, Jeremy has been teaching private drum lessons since 1991, and has become one of the most respected drum educators in the Bay Area. Along with Steve Gibson, He is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of BandWorks, a school of rock program for musicians of all ages with multiple locations, serving over 1,200 students each year. He is the Founder and Director of the East Bay Drum School, and has been on the faculty of Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp for the past 27 years, where he was the Co-Director from 1999-2001. He has taught rock band workshops and drumming master classes in Dublin, Ireland; Ann Arbor, MI; and in Northern California for the past 25 years. An avid bodhrán player and instructor, Jeremy co-produced the Bay Area Frame Drum Festival in 2020, along with fellow percussionist Ami Molinelli. Jeremy is also a co-founder of the Drummers Education Connection (D.E.C.), an online education network for drummers and instructors, serving the global drumming community.


Jeremy is the author of Finding the Groove (Hudson Music), a critically acclaimed collection of essays on drumming, performing and teaching, and has published educational articles on 


Jeremy proudly endorses:
Brooks Drums

Sabian Cymbals
Aquarian Drumheads
Protection Racket Cases

Prologix Practice Pads
Vic Firth Drum Sticks
Snareweight Dampeners

“Steinkoler's orchestral approach to the trap set is thrilling. He's a whirlwind of activity, filling up empty spaces without sounding busy.”
- Contra Costa Times
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