Jeff Burrows

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Jeff Burrows
Birth name Jeffrey John Burrows
Born (1968-08-19) August 19, 1968 (age 55)
Origin Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, hard rock, world, blues, gothic, pop, soundtrack, post-punk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, radio personality
Instruments Drums, percussion, djembe, goblet drums, tabla
Years active 1990–present
Labels EMI
Associated acts Crash Karma, The Art Decay, Big Dirty Band, The Tea Party

Jeffrey John Burrows (born August 19, 1968 in Windsor, Ontario) is the drummer and percussionist for Canadian rock band Crash Karma, and The Tea Party.

Jeff Burrows begun drumming at eleven years of age and professionally so since 1990 when he joined childhood friends Jeff Martin and Stuart Chatwood in forming The Tea Party. Burrows' style is influenced by jazz drummers including Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Max Roach, as well as rock drummers Neil Peart and Stewart Copeland.[1]


Burrows was born into a musical family. Jeff's father John, a police official and lawyer in Jeff's hometown of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, was a drummer for Bobby Curtola in the 1960s. John Burrows also backed Motown artists while on the road and has met Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. John Burrows was a drumming teacher while still in his teens in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario, approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) northeast of Windsor. Jeff Burrows' first musical experiences were on the piano, then at eleven years of age he purchased his first drum kit - an old Motown drummer's set of Ludwig drums before graduating to a set of Ludwig Rockers for his Detroit-based band Vavoom! This kit ultimately morphed into his first for The Tea Party.[2]

Professional career


Burrows signed a cymbal deal with Sabian in 1994, just after The Tea Party's first major-label album Splendor Solis was released. Burrows states that he chose Sabian because "you're getting the same quality as Zildjian but you're getting a company that's more innovative and not in a bad technological way... they still do hand-hammered cymbals."[2]


With The Tea Party's overseas touring schedule increasing, having a drum kit available became very important. Burrows was solicited by many companies but decided on Drum Workshop, Burrows explains it is because of their "quality and durability" and "that they would supply me with a drum kit to spec in any country that we traveled to, free of charge" and that "there isn't much of a difference between any of the drums when you are endorsed because they're going to give you the high-end line no matter what, so for me it was about choosing a reputable drum company that is going to provide me with what I need.[2]


After The Tea Party disbanded in 2005, Burrows joined Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, and other Canadian musicians, as drummer in the one-off project the Big Dirty Band, recording a cover of Sonny Curtis' I Fought the Law for the Trailer Park Boys: The Movie soundtrack. Finishing promotion of the Trailer Park Boys movie with Big Dirty Band, Burrows joined Windsor-based musician David Cyrenne in his jam band Is there a Band in the House?,[3] playing venues near Windsor, such as "The Avalon Front". As of January 2007 Burrows was presenting the midday shift on The Rock, a radio station in Windsor. Burrows continues to record music including with independent band Johnny Hollow, on their album Beyond the Flame[4] and, Lebanese rock band The Kordz.[5]

In 2008 Burrows announced that he, Edwin, Mike Turner and Amir Epstein would form the band Crash Karma, recording their debut album in early 2009.[6][7]

In 2011, Burrows reunited with his Tea Party bandmates and the trio embarked on a Canadian summer tour.



  • DW (1997–present)
    • Two kits: A satin oil finish with gold plated hardware and a tobacco burst finish with chrome hardware. 6-ply maple.
    • DW Kick: 24x16"
    • Toms
      • 12x12" tenor
      • 14x14" and 18x16" floor toms
    • Snares
      • DW 13x5"
      • Antique Ludwigs
      • Wood snares
      • Metal snares
    • Hardware: All hardware is DW except kick pedal and hi-hat stand which are Yamaha


  • Sabian
    • Hi Hats: 13" AAX
    • Splash: 10", 12" AAX Metal
    • Crash: Various AAXplosion
    • Ride: 20" AA El Sabors


  • Remo Drumheads
    • Snares: Coated Emperor
    • Kick: Pinstripe
    • Tom Toms: Clear Emperor



The White Ribbon Campaign

Burrows' first major charitable exercise was with The Tea Party. The band donated all proceeds from the sale of the 1998 CD single "Release", to the White Ribbon Campaign; an organization of men working to end men's violence against women.[9] Burrows, together with The Tea Party participated in the annual White Ribbon Concert, organised by Jeff Martin, from 1998 to 2004.[10] Burrows has also participated in The White Ribbon Campaign's Ivory DadWalk.[11]

Transition to Betterness

Burrows has raised awareness and funds for Transition to Betterness, a charity based in Windsor, Ontario, which aims to provide a comfortable and compassionate hospital setting to cancer patients and their families within the Windsor and Essex County community.[12] As of January 2007 Burrows' concerts, events and eBay Canada auctions had raised over $300,000 for Transition to Betterness.[1] May 2007 saw Burrows complete a 24-hour drum marathon at the Chubby Pickle in Windsor.

Motorcycle Ride for Dad

In 2006, Burrows participated in the Windsor, Ontario leg of Motorcycle Ride for Dad, raising funds for prostate cancer research and education.[13]

Burrows utilises social networking website Facebook to promote his charity events, emphasising in particular the work of Transition to Betterness.


The Tea Party

Big Dirty Band

As guest

Videogame soundtracks

Career highlights


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeff Burrows myspace Jeff Burrows myspace Accessed 12 January 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jeff Burrows: Echo from the other side The unofficial site of Jeff Burrows Accessed 13 October 2006
  3. Is there a Band in the House? David Cyrenne myspace page Accessed 6 January 2008
  4. Johnny Hollow! Jeff Burrows myspace blog Accessed 19 July 2007
  5. The Kordz first day in Studio 070707 The Kordz myspace blog Accessed 19 July 2007
  6. Morano, J 2008, Edwin Forms Band With Ex-Members Of The Tea Party And Our Lady Peace, Chartattack. Chartattack Accessed 8 March 2009.
  7. Harper, K 2009, Edwin/Tea Party/OLP Band Is For Real, Chartattack. Chartattack Accessed 8 March 2009.
  8. Jeff Burrows' drums Australian Tea Party site Accessed 2 December 2005
  9. transmission - release + 3 - Canada The Tea Party a visual discography Accessed 14 October 2006
  10. The White Ribbon Campaign events The White Ribbon Campaign Accessed 14 October 2006
  11. 4th Annual Ivory DadWalk a National Success! The White Ribbon Campaign Accessed 14 October 2006
  12. About T2B eBay View About Me for t2b_banditems Accessed 14 October 2006
  13. Windsor Motorcycle Ride for Dad 2006 Motorcycle Ride For Dad Accessed 14 October 2006
  14. Stuart Chatwood: Career highlights Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Accessed 14 October 2006

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