Ken Leighton 9 a.m., March 24
RIYL: Russell Bizzett, Charlie Chavez, Duncan Moore, Mike Holguin, Jon Szanto, Gilbert Castellanos
Inception: , 4
Influences: Duncan Moore, Buddy Rich
Percussionist Jon Szanto has performed with the San Diego Symphony since 1976, as well as playing with the Harry Partch Ensemble. A Partch archivist, Szanto maintains a website devoted to Partch music and his handmade instruments, www.corporeal.com.
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron counts Szanto among his one-time teachers, as does Manhattan Transfer alum Cliff Almond. In 2009, when Pearl Jam played in San Diego, Cameron had Szanto sit in on drums for one song.