Photo courtesy of Jake Najor

    This beloved veteran drummer is a longtime staple of the San Diego music scene. From his first gig opening for P.O.D. as part of a Christian hardcore band, to his ongoing role behind the kit for a multitude of local projects, Najor lets his sticks do the talking.

    Over the years, they've done enough talking to write their own autobiography. The hard-hitting percussionist is currently laying the beat down for a handful of San Diego bands, including Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact, Birdy Bardot, The Midnight Pine and NST (Natural Sounds Trio).

    Previous tenures working with The Styletones, Bad Credit, The Incredible Moses Leroy, Taurus Authority, Jason Mraz, Lord Howler, Robert Walter's 20th Congress and many others have only helped to cement his local legacy.

    His talents aren't exclusively appreciated in San Diego, either. Najor has routinely answered Tinseltown's call, whether playing with funk ensemble Breakestra, appearing with TV on The Radio for a live KCRW performance, or touring and recording with Big Daddy Kane. You can also hear him all over Kelis' 2014 LP, Food, and on Empire of The Sun's upcoming album, Two Vines.

    More than anything, Najor is excited about the long-time-coming release of his own album. Inspired by the solo records of his favorite drummers, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Idris Muhammad and Billy Cobham, Najor is close to finishing the project that is already more than a year in the making. Look for it soon.

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