Born and raised in Rochester, NY, and now based in Brooklyn, NY, Sunny Jain has become an internationally recognized musician who?s group, Sunny Jain Collective, has been touted as a leading voice for the new music Indo Jazz (a movement of first-generation South Asians equally steeped in the jazz tradition and the music of their cultural heritage). With 3 critically acclaimed CD?s, multiple tours throughout the world, and numerous of media accolades, Sunny is an Indian-American musical trailblazer.
In 2002, Sunny was selected as a Jazz Ambassador by the Department of State and The Kennedy Center. He received the Arts International grant in both 2003 and 2004, in support of international touring efforts. In 2006, Sunny received the Chamber Music America New Works grant, which commissions adventurous composers to write new music for their projects. He closed out 2007 with a milestone performance with the famed sufi-rock band, Junoon, at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway. In 2008, Sunny was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Recording Fund. Sunny is 1 of 10 founding members of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground (www.brooklynjazz.org).
Aside from drumset, Sunny also plays the dhol, the indigenous drum of Punjab, India. Jain made his professional debut as dholi playing in the first ever Indian Broadway show, Bombay Dreams (2004). He has since gone on to perform with Masala Bhangra fitness guru, Sarina Jain (?The Indian Jane Fonda?), jazz legend Dewey Redman with Asha Puthli, and made his Hollywood debut playing dhol in the movie, Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini, and directed by Griffin Dunne. In 2006, Jain started the first and only Indian marching band in the States, Red Baraat Marching Band (www.jainsounds.com). In 2007, Jain became the first ever artist endorser for India?s largest and oldest musical manufacturer, Bina Music (www.binaswar.com).
As an educator, Jain has been invited to numerous institutions to present workshops on such topics as composition, music business, Indian rhythms, South Asians in music, improvisation, and jazz history. In February 2007, Workshop Arts/Alfred Publishing released Jain?s instructional book, The Total Jazz Drummer. Jain is on faculty at the National Guitar Workshop and Horace Mann. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Music Business from New York University. To find out more about Sunny Jain, please visit www.sunnyjain.com.