David Throckmorton plays drums somewhere almost every night of the week, often as part of the rhythm section for a vocalist at venues like Andys at the Fairmont, or as part of jams like Space Exchange at Thunderbird Café, or at the recently shuttered Interval jazz night at Shadow Lounge. But some of his projects have lasted longer, and been more serious than others. Here's a quick guide.
Sleeping Giants: Throckmorton played drums — and about 300 cymbals — in the jammy '90s alt-rock band whose crowning achievement was playing its most popular song, "Holes in My Pockets," on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1997.
Maynard Ferguson Band: Ferguson was a well-known jazz trumpeter noted for his high-note playing; Throckmorton went on his first major tours with Ferguson's band in 1997-98.
Electric Eel Service: After Throckmorton returned to Pittsburgh, he started playing in this jazz-fusion band with guitarist Rick Mals and bassist Steve Landay.
Beam: Throckmorton's hip-hop interests came through in Beam, the group he led along with bassists Paul Thompson and Steve Landay, MC Akil Esoon and DJ Supa C.
Bill Deasy: Throckmorton has played drums for the former Gathering Field frontman since 2003.
Good Brother Earl: Throckmorton regularly plays with the long-time local alt-country-flavored rock band.
OPEK/Thoth Trio/Flexure: All three of these bands are jazz ensembles of different sizes that Throckmorton plays in with saxophonist Ben Opie and bassist Paul Thompson. They range from Sun Ra-style psychedelic jazz to acoustic trio jazz to electric jazz in the style of early-'70s Miles Davis.