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Karl Sterling
  • 63, Male
  • Syracuse, NY
  • United States
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About me:
Born in Ithaca, New York Karl has spent the majority of his life in the Syracuse, NY area. Having grown up in a musical household, it was a natural thing for Karl to take to music and drums, in particular. Both of Karl's parents attended the Ithaca College School of Music. Karl's father, Bob Sterling is a drummer, composer/arranger, and leader of several successful bands in the Central New York area for many years. His mother, Helen majored in vocal studies at Ithaca College and is also a talented pianist.

It was in 1970 when Karl was 9 years old that he first saw legendary drummer BuddyRich. At that very point he KNEW the drums were his instrument and started seriously studying and practicing. His first teacher was his father and after 4 years, at the age of 13, he started playing gigs with his dad's band. Karl also met and became friends with drummer Peter Erskine in 1972 at age 11. Peter had just graduated from high school and was on his first tour with the Stan Kenton Band. Karl and Peter have stayed in touch ever since.

Karl attended Onondaga Community College for 2 years majoring in music and studying percussion with John Barker. Karl has also studied drums with Danny D'Imperio, Joe Morello, Mike Melito, Wilby Fletcher, Mick Lewander, and Peter Erskine.

Over the years, Karl has had the good fortune to play with many wonderful musicians and bands in the Syracuse, Rochester, and New York City area's including; Ronnie Leigh, Nancy Kelly, Dino Losito, Jeff Palmer, Devin Garramone, Andy Calabrese, Rick Montalbano, Ron France, Bob DiBaudo, John Rohde, Mark Copani, Larry Arlotta, Mala Waldron, Steve Salerno, Miriam Sullivan, Classified, Eye Level, Moss, Prime Time, Seaflight, Diamond in the Rough, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook, John Puma, and many others.

Also an avid bicyclist, two summers ago Karl and his son, Nick bicycled over 1,700 miles in 14 days to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Check out the cool video of their arrival in Dallas along with trip photos below. You can also check out the trip site at:

Arrival Video of Bike Ride from Syracuse, NY to Dallas, TX July, 2005

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e.s.p. -- Time's Up!

While this is not an exclusively contemporary offering—at least… Continue

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 10:30am


"I first met Karl Sterling when his parents brought him to a Stan Kenton Orchestra gig in upstate New York. He was a young drummer. This was 1972. Come to think of it, I was a young drummer at the time, too ... but Karl was younger! Karl's parents were justifiably proud of their son and how well he played. Some thirty five-plus years later, I'm the one who is feeling proud of how well Karl plays: proud that he stayed the course with his drumming, and proud that he matured into such a terrific… Continue

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 1:37am

Rest In Peace, Freddie Hubbard

Very sadly, the jazz world has lost one of the true greats, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. We will miss you greatly, Freddie:

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Posted on December 30, 2008 at 12:17am — 1 Comment

Dave CasT (Castiglione) homecoming gig with Ronnie France, Karl Sterling & Rick Balestra

David "CasT" CasTiglione brings his jazz home to Auburn for Nov. 21 show

AUBURN NY - These days everyone knows him as "CasT." You may have seen

him on PBS,or in the horn section with The Dave Matthews Band on "Live on The

Rocks" Cd or DVD, or on tour with George Clinton.

Auburn native and sax player David CasTiglione returns to his home town of Auburn

for a special appearance with his jazz quartet at Bear Bones Bar-B-Que, located

at 83 Wall Street… Continue

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 3:21pm


I took this information directly from Buddy's website - - What a great lineup! Can't miss this one..............

Drucker Labs and Scabeba Entertainment presents the 2008 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert.

When: October 18, 2008

Where: Hammerstein Ballroom

311 W. 34th St.

NYC, NY 10001

Special Guest: Neil Peart, John Blackwell, Terry Bozzio,… Continue

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 12:40pm

Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 9:49am on July 5, 2008, Bev Getz said…
Hello Karl!

Welcome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful tracks with us! Sounds GREAT!

I see that you were in Newburgh, NY a couple of days ago. That's right around the corner from me... almost!

My Best,
Bev (-:
At 11:01pm on July 5, 2008, Arthur Schroeck said…
When you get a chance, add Don Hill as a friend.
At 11:01am on July 8, 2008, Bev Getz said…
YUP! That was me Karl! Ahh! 1976! Those were the days!! GOOD TIMES!!! LOL!!! These days no amount of $ could coax me back out on the road.... not even if Buddy himself came back!! But those were some fun times. I do remember that place I think!

At 3:38am on July 19, 2008, Joan DesCarpentier said…
Hello Karl:) Thank you for the friend request and the compliment on my page. I appreciate it very much. The music scene in Austin?? Well, I just moved here recently and sham eon me, but I haven't been out to see much but Lake Travis which is beautiful:) I hear that 4th street has some excellent places with a variety to choose from. I would hope this to be true since this is deemed "music capital of the world?" Now, I can say I have been to the Whole Foods Headquarters and it is mind Wow, I am living hugh? haha I am so busy with school and business it is hard to break free BUT I have friends coming next weekend and we are venturing out, so I will let you know. BTW, Your music is wonderful! Blessings to you and have a great weekend (-;0
At 3:41pm on July 19, 2008, Bev Getz said…
Great photos you've added Karl! Thanks for sharing them!

At 9:41am on July 28, 2008, Mario Pompei said…
Thanks for your visit Karl...listen your music is a pleasure to me...greetings from Rome by Mario P.
At 3:05pm on September 3, 2008, Donna said…
Thank you. Good to be here.
At 3:57pm on September 3, 2008, soni said…

Hai Karl nice to see you Many Thanks & Best Regards -soni from Jakarta Indonesia-
At 6:15am on September 8, 2008, Vince Lahorra said…
Hi Karl, Thanks and looking forward to "hanging out" with you guys here....
At 1:32pm on April 16, 2009, Hilde Hefte said…
Hi here too Karl :)
Great being friends with you.
Can't use my speakers right now so I'll be back soooooon and will listen to your tracks.
Hilde :)

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