The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel









Bernie Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He has traveled the world, occupying the coveted drum chair for Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band since its inception in 1999. And also, for an overlapping 15 years (1992 to 2006), he was the drummer for the multi-Grammy Award-winning Brian Setzer Orchestra, selling close to 4 million records. Modern Drummer magazine’s readers’ poll named Bernie “Best Big Band Drummer” and Drum! Magazine has put him on their list of “53 Drummers Who Made a Difference in the ’90s” as well as honoring him with a Drummie® for Best Big Band Drummer.

Bernie Dresel’ s jazz orchestra, The BBB, is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. It is one of the most innovative and original hard-swinging large jazz ensembles ever. The BBB provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz...a combination of intense swing and fiery soloing, as well as tight ensemble playing, powered by Bernie Dresel’s extraordinary drumming talents.

The BBB is comprised of 16 seasoned pros on the Los Angeles studio scene. Populated by LA’s finest players, The BBB delivers a contemporary, highly original sound featuring the witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions of established and up-and-coming composers and arrangers. And like those other famous jazz orchestras such as Buddy Rich’s, Count Basie’s, Woody Herman’s, Stan Kenton’s, Maynard Ferguson’s, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis’ and Gerald Wilson’s, the music and delivery of The BBB’s music is nothing less than astonishing when experienced live. The sound has a contemporary, dynamic, and hard-swinging energy, with a focused edge to it that is like no other jazz orchestra, though, reminiscent of Buddy Rich’s ensembles. The band make-up is unique in that there is no piano but jazz/rockin’ electric guitar instead, in addition to four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, and upright acoustic slap bass and drums. When people hear Bernie’s BBB, the first thing that hits them is its energy and intensity.

At the helm of The BBB is jazz drummer extraordinaire Bernie Dresel. Bernie is the first-call drummer and percussionist on the Hollywood stage for motion picture and television soundtracks. Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Tower Of Power, among many others established and new jazz orchestra composers and arrangers, fill the book for the music his band makes today. And like those other bands, Dresel’s rendering style is nothing less than exciting, driven by one of the most accomplished jazz drummers in the world.

Established in 2014, with a live performance tribute to Buddy Rich, The BBB plays monthly at jazz clubs in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Prior to forming his own jazz orchestra, Bernie backed Maynard Ferguson, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Bernie served 15 years for both Setzer and Goodwin. He has been the drummer on numerous Brian Setzer Grammy Award®-winning recordings and more recently on every recording that Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band has released, including the Grammy Award-winners.

Bernie Dresel's complete list of credits is extensive, but here are some of the notable ones:


…and many more.


Bernie has also played on American Music Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, Family TV Awards, Quincy Jones The First 50 Years, Christmas At Rockefeller Center, and many more. He also performed as the drummer for Jerry Lewis’s MDA Labor Day Telethons.



Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Play-Along Series Drums Vol. 1&2



Bernie Loves to play:

Craviotto Drums

Sabian Cymbals

Remo Drumheads

Vic Firth Drumsticks & Mallets

Gon Bops Percussion

Drum Workshop Hardware

Bernie Dresel Discography


Artists Albums Label Year
Eddy Mitchell La Meme Tribu Volume 1+2 Polydor 2018
Ken Wiley Cuerno Exotica Krug Park Music 2018
The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel Bern Bern Bern Dig-It Recordings 2018
Alphonso Johnson Metaphors Embamba Music Productions 2017
Donny Most D Most: Mostly Swinging 2017
Lyn Stanley The Moonlight Sessions Volume One A.T. Music 2017
Lyn Stanley The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two A.T. Music 2017
Thomas G. Leslie / UNLV Wind Orchestra The Return 2017
Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band An Elusive Man 2016
Maynard Ferguson Complete High Voltage Omnivore Records 2016
The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel Live N' Bernin Monster Music 2016
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Wrap This! Music Of Content 2015
Various We Love Disney Verve Records 2015
Billy Vera Big Band Jazz 2014
Cecilia Noël Havana Rocks 2014
Freddie Ravel If Music Could Speak 2014
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Life In The Bubble Telarc 2014
Laura Dickinson One for My Baby (To Frank Sinatra With Love) 2014
Mark Hart The Backroom PSB Records 2014
Carl Verheyen Mustang Run Cranktone Entertainment2013
Lyn Stanley Lost In Romance A.T. Music 2013
Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways Island Records 2013
The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine It's About Time 2013
Thomas G. Leslie / UNLV Wind Orchestra Lost Vegas 2013
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Rattle Them Bones Savoy Jazz 2012
Rachel MacFarlane Hayley Sings 2012
Georgia Stitt My Lifelong Love 2011
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band That's How We Roll Telarc 2011
Jason Robert Brown The Trumpet of the Swan P.S. Classics 2011
Michael Feinstein Sinatra Project, Vol. II The Good Life Concord Jazz 2011
Michael Feinstein The Sinatra Project, Vol. 2: The Good Life 2011
Susan Egan The Secret Of Happiness 2011
Colin Hay Company Of Strangers Lazy Eye Records 2010
David Campbell On Broadway Columbia 2010
Katharine McPhee Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You 2010
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy How Big Can You Get? The Music Of Cab Calloway Big Bad Records 2009
Cecilia Noël A Gozar! 2009
Eddy Mitchell Grand Ecran Polydor 2009
Brian Wilson And Van Dyke Parks Orange Crate Art Warner Bros. Records2008
Clique Girlz Incredible 2008
Dave Siebels With Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Dave Siebels With Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat BandSelf-Released 2008
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Act Your Age Immergent 2008
Robin McKelle Modern Antique Cheap Lullaby Records2008
Sylvie Vartan Nouvelle Vague Mercury 2008
Brian Setzer And The Nashvillains Red Hot & Live Surfdog Records 2007
Eddy Mitchell Jambalaya Polydor 2007
Robben Ford Truth Concord Jazz 2007
The Brian Setzer OrchestraWolfgang's Big Night Out Surfdog Records 2007
The Simpsons Testify EMI 2007
Brian Setzer 13 Surfdog Records 2006
Brian Setzer vs. Hotei Back Streets Of Tokyo Virgin 2006
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Bah, Humduck! (A Looney Tunes Christmas) Immergent 2006
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band The Phat Pack Immergent 2006
LuLu LaFever A Little Night Music 2006
Michelle Tumes Michelle Tumes 2006
Robin McKelle Introducing Robin McKelle Cheap Lullaby Records2006
The Carl Verheyen Band Take One Step AIX Records 2006
Tomoyasu Hotei Soul Sessions - A Guitarist vs Intellectual BarbariansVirgin 2006
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Dig That Crazy Christmas Surfdog Records 2005
Alf Clausen Jazz OrchestraSwing Can Really Hang You Up The Most Sunny NoDak Records2005
Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot! Volume One - A Tribute To Sun Records Surfdog Records 2005
Carl Verheyen Rumor Mill 2005
Family Guy With Walter Murphy And His Orchestra Live In Vegas Geffen Records 2005
Star Academy 5 Star Academy 5: Les Meilleurs Moments 2005
Jimmy Sommers A Holiday Wish 2004
LeAnn Rimes What A Wonderful World Curb Records 2004
Star Academy 4 Star Academy 4: Les Meilleurs Moments 2004
Various Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson 2004
Brian Setzer Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy Surfdog Records 2003
Cecilia Noel And The Wild Clams Bongoland Wild Clam Records 2003
Eddy Mitchell Frenchy Cristal 2003
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band XXL Silverline 2003
Linda Eder Storybook 2003
The Brian Setzer OrchestraJump, Jive an' Wail: The Best of the Brian Setzer Orchestra 1994-2000 2003
Wendy Maharry Released 2003
Gloria Loring Friends & Lovers 2002
The Brian Setzer OrchestraBoogie Woogie Christmas Surfdog Records 2002
Various Drum Workshop 30th Anniversary Collection Drum Workshop Inc. 2002
Larry Nozero Warm 2001
Marek Niedzwiecki Smooth Jazz Cafe 3 Mercury 2001
The Brian Setzer OrchestraJumpin' East of Java: Live In Japan 2001
Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special Ignition! Surfdog Records 2001
Various Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy Of Sun Records Sire 2001
Colombe A Bientot 2000
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Swingin' For The Fences Silverline 2000
Jazz at the Movies Band Jazz At The Movies: The Bedroom Mixes Discovery Records 2000
The Brian Setzer OrchestraVavoom! 2000
Tony Galla A.S.A.P. Provogue 2000
Various Smooth Jazz Number Ones 2000
Andy Summers Green Chimneys: The Music Of Thelonious Monk BMG Classics 1999
Arthur Hanlon Encuentros 1999
Linda Eder Frank Wildhorn Jack Murphy The Civil War: The Complete Work 1999
Dennis Bono Forget To Remember 1998
Keiko Matsui Full Moon And The Shine Countdown Records 1998
Michael Grange Music You Can't Refuse 1998
The Brian Setzer OrchestraThe Dirty Boogie Interscope Records 1998
Van Dyke Parks Moonlighting: Live At The Ash Grove Warner Bros. Records1998
Various Unwind: A Jazz Compilation 1998
Andy Summers The Last Dance Of Mr. X BMG Classics 1997
Jazz At The Movies Band Sax On Broadway Discovery Records 1997
Jeff Campbell Long Road From Home 1997
Linda Eder It's Time Atlantic 1997
Mark Portmann No Truer Words 1997
Steve Bach Now & Then 1997
Gerry Mulligan Legacy 1996
GRP GRP Christmas Collection, Vol. 2 1996
José Feliciano Americano 1996
Keiko Matsui Dream Walk Countdown Records 1996
Patty Cabrera Always & Forever 1996
The Brian Setzer OrchestraGuitar Slinger Interscope Records 1996
Various Swing Alive! At The Hollywood Palladium 1996
Various The Songs Of West Side Story RCA Victor 1996
Freddie Ravel Sol To Soul 1995
Jazz At The Movies Band It's A Wonderful Life: Sax At The Movies For ChristmasDiscovery Records 1995
Jazz at the Movies Band One From The Heart, Sax At The Movies II Discovery Records 1995
Kalani Insights 1995
Kazu Matsui Wind 1995
Reiner Schöne Gnadenlos Verliebt Koch International 1995
Bob Mamet Signs Of Life 1994
Gloria Loring Is There Anybody Out There USA Music Group 1994
Gregg Karukas Key Witness 101 South Records 1994
Gregg Karukas Sound Of Emotion 101 South Records 1994
Jazz At The Movies Band Reel Romance Discovery Records 1994
Jazz at the Movies Band White Heat: Film Noir Discovery Records 1994
Kalani Pangea 1994
Kazu Matsui Featuring David Lindley Wheels Of The Sun Herman's 1994
The Brian Setzer OrchestraThe Brian Setzer Orchestra Hollywood Records 1994
Bill Cunliffe A Paul Simon Songbook 1993
Jazz at the Movies Band Body Heat Discovery Records 1993
Keiko Matsui A Drop Of Water White Cat Records 1993
Porcupine Look, But Don't Touch Unity Label Group 1993
Sharon Candles, Snow & Mistletoe 1993
Various Put On Your Green Shoes 1993
Keiko Matsui Cherry Blossom White Cat Records 1992
Steve Bach City Magic 1992
Carl Anderson Pieces Of A Heart 1991
David Byrne The Forest Warner Bros. Records1991
Keiko Matsui Night Waltz 1991
Brad Dutz Brad Dutz 1990
Steve Bach Nice Moves 1990
Kahoru Kohiruimaki Time The Motion TDK Records 1989
Matt Harris Hit And Run Voss Records 1989
Porcupine Porcupine 1989
Steve Bach More Than A Dream Soundwings 1988
Bout Time Bout Time Mark Records 1983
The Brian Setzer OrchestraLive: Christmas Extravaganza