For an LA based Percussionist 

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Jamie Papish is a LA based percussionist for hire as well as a session musician, hand drum teacher, percussion section leader, band producer and gigging percussionist with a number of Los Angeles-based world music groups. As a LA based percussionist, he is extremely reliable and professional and can adapt to any situation and many styles of music including Middle Eastern (Arabic), Persian (Iranian), Turkish, Jewish (Sephardic & Ashkenazi), Greek, Bulgarian, Armenian, West African, Latin, Flamenco, Spiritual/Kirtan, Qawwali, Bhangra, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Funk, Hip Hop, Rock and Country. He is a valuable member of many music ensembles in Los Angeles and around the world with hundreds of performances to his credit.

As a session musician, he has recorded on numerous CDs, movie and game soundtracks including 2 tracks with the Kronos Quartet’s “Floodplain”.

teaches private and group lessons  focusing on rhythms and techniques on Doumbek (aka Derbakki, Darbuka), Riq (Arabic Tambourine), Frame Drums (Tar/Bendir), Daf (Kurdish/Iranian Frame Drum with rings), Tombak (Persian Goblet Drum) Cajon (Wooden Box Drum), Davul/Tappan (Turkish/Bulgarian Hanging Drum), Djembe and Udu (African Clay Pot Drum).  Jamie also leads drum circles for ages 7 and up.

What Band Leaders, Composers and Musicians have said about Jamie Papish:

Aside from being a trustworthy guy & the most dependable Musician I’ve yet to meet, Jamie strives at opening to new rhythms & cultures, pushing himself to a higher level of musicianship while serving the greater community. He works hard and his dedication is unmatched. On top of all that, he is a pleasure to work with and his grooves move people to joyful places.

– Stefani Valadez,
Bandleader of the Stefani Valadez Ensemble


Jamie Papish is a pleasure to work with. His commitment, hard work and good heart is in everything that he does on stage and beyond it. His versatility and long list of hand percussion instruments he brings have been one of the important elements of the Yuval Ron Ensemble musical arrangements since 2001. I love his sound on the dumbek and udu and his energetic performances in each of our shows which have presented all over the US and internationally.

– Yuval Ron


Passionate, professional and committed to high performance standards, during the 10+ years I’ve been playing with Jamie he has continued to improve and grow as a musician. First class!

– Nyofu Tyson
Bandleader iSTWest Ensemble (aka TurkFlamenco)


I want to thank you all for sharing your amazing gifts at my release party. I am so grateful for your support. Thank you for making this such a special night. Let’s do it again…soon!!

– Donna De Lory


Thank you all so much for a great run at Ballona Freshwater Marsh. I am deeply appreciative of your spirit and musicianship. What a pleasure to work with each of you. I have received so many wonderful comments about the performance. I hope you have as well. You should feel very proud. You performed beautifully. Thank you all so much for taking on this crazy, unique and (hopefully) rewarding project. I look forward to the chance to perform with you all again soon.

– Bob Een Composer
Cello Player & Vocalist


Thanks, guys, for being amazing musicians, collaborators, & people.
I thoroughly enjoyed our sweet set on Thurs. and hope we get to do more together.

– Ariella Forstein
Singer and Percussionist, Music and Life Coach


Just want to thank you so much, you played excellently…. and next time it will be even better. All the best, and you are a beautiful musician and person.

– Basya, Pharaoh’s Daughter


Thanks Jamie for adding your wonderful musical touches and incredibly nice presence to the evening at Orrin’s!! It was really great to have you with us, as always!

– Suzanne Teng, World Renowned Flautist


Thanks for your wonderful playing on Friday night–it was one of the most musical Shabbatot that we have ever had, due in large part to your amazing talent and musicality. you guys are a treasure–thanks so much!!

– Mike Stein

Cantor and Musician


Here’s ‘Tahrir Square’, you guys did a brilliant job on the track! I’m working on new material, hopefully we can record again sometime soon, and more important play a show!

– Gilad Barakan
Composer and Guitarist


Last Friday, I had a meeting with the client and they let me know they really like the tracks. So thank you sir! Hopefully, I’ll get the gig and we can do some more full pay work on it. I enjoyed working with you!

– Jack Wall


Just wanted to drop you a line & say it was great meeting you & playing with you last weekend. You’re such a deep & soulful player, and always present with what’s happening in the moment. Also, thanks for taking me backstage to meet Norik; I was really inspired by his playing & approach, and it was nice to be able to tell him so.

– Peter Jaques
Clarinetist & Trumpeter


First, I want to thank you for doing a great job on the video clip you played great and looked good and that is exactly what I was looking for. ) May we play together on many, many, many projects to come .

Have a great day,
– Maya Zebley
Singer and Composer


It was great to play music with you on Saturday night. Thanks for coming down to have a play. You have a great feel and I enjoyed having those tones in Donna’s music. All the best mate and I hope to play more music with you in the future.

– Dave Allen


I really appreciated your artistry and blessings you brought the evening. I look forward to the opportunity to work together soon.

– Jami Lula


I just spoke with Yuval today and asked him to give you my regards. It was such a pleasure to meet with you and work with you. You come across as a truly kind and beautiful soul, I am looking forward to meet you again. All the best and warmest regards,

– Tami Machnai

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