Brian Slawson has been critically acclaimed as a "musical original." While playing marimba on the streets of New York City to finance his scholarship studies at the Juilliard School, Slawson was discovered by Mikie Harris, assistant to legendary Columbia Records producer and talent scout John Hammond. (Slawson was one of 100 all-time alumni to be featured in, "Juilliard - 100 Years of Dance, Drama, Music")
Bach on Wood, Slawson's debut album on the CBS/Sony label, earned him a Grammy nomination for "Best New Classical Artist" and remained on the Billboard charts for over a year. Slawson has since cut solo albums Xclassics, Boomer, Bach Beat, The Bach on Wood Variations and Distant Drums, which features cameos by late guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, jazz trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard and drummer Michael Shrieve of Santana fame.
Slawson has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, John Cage, Robert Shaw and opera great Jessye Norman. Some of Slawson's pop credits as drummer and percussionist include: Regis Philbin, Pat Benetar, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Savion Glover, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Art Garfunkel, The Mamas and Papas, Xavier Cugat, Barbara Eden, Mary Wilson (Supremes) and Bond. Slawson has punctuated jokes on stage for Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Bill Maher, David Brenner and Eddie Murphy.
Slawson's talents have been featured on "The Tonight Show," "Entertainment Tonight," "The CBS Morning News," and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He has made national television appearances in Europe, South America and Japan. A veteran studio musician, Brian has performed on 200+ jingles (American Express, IBM, Budweiser, Exxon/Mobil, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, NABISCO, Chevrolet, etc.) and feature film scores.
Currently, Slawson is the voice of "Gusto the Bulldog" in Warner Bros.' educational series, "Music Expressions" as well as a featured artist in the educational curriculum of McGraw-Hill. His debut children's recording, Boomer, is generating national attention and being developed for television.
In addition to performing as principal timpanist with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra (2001 Music Director's Award), Brian has received Golden Reel, Addy and Tele awards ("Best Musical Score") for film scores and jingles produced for Century III at Universal Studios, Florida. Music from Brian's new Xclassics recording is being used to wake NASA astronauts on shuttle missions. Late percussion legend, Lionel Hampton, called Brian Slawson, "one of the finest percussionists to come along in many years!" Modern Drummer described Slawson as, "a visionary... be it performer, producer or composer."