Drummer, educator, clinician, author and health coach, Shirazette Tinnin was born and raised in North Carolina. As a child she would travel with her parents listening to them sing in large Southern Gospel groups up and down the east coast. Due to her musical family and surrounding peers, her initial gospel influences eventually grew and branched out into jazz, soul and many other styles of music. From the time that she was 4 years old, she knew that she would play the drums. A graduate of Appalachian State University, Shirazette studied with Todd Right, Dr. Rob Falvo, Rick Dilling and Scott Meister.
In addition to her academic background, she has also received private instruction and mentoring from great musicians such as Cindy Blackman, Lewis Nash, Terri Lyne Carrington, Allison Miller, Sherrie Maricle and Ernie Adams. Following her years at Appalachian State University, Shirazette was offered the opportunity to attend Northern Illinois University on a full scholarship for drum set and jazz pedagogy. She accepted, and in 2005 relocated to Dekalb, IL to study with Ron Carter (saxophonist and jazz educator) where she got involved in the Chicago music scene. She began by performing in various projects around the Chicago area with flutist Nicole Mitchell as well as representing NIU in the Liberace Jazztet Scholarship Program.
Shirazette is one of the last recipients of The Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars for IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) Award in 2008. She has taught as a professor at Columbia College in Chicago and today Shirazette is an in demand drummer in residing in New York City. She has recently been on tour with Tia Fuller at The Umbria Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival and the Turkish Ambassadors in D.C., as well as leading her own group. She recently performed at the 2012 NAMM Show with Lipstick (formerly known as The Beyonce Band). Shirazette’s artistry on drum-set is just as poetic on percussion with her versatile ability to swing a ride cymbal, slap a back beat and then flip to an Afro-Peruvian groove is making her one of the most sought after drummers worldwide. Besides performing as a professional musician, Shirazette is an active clinician and teacher, constantly sharing her knowledge to anyone open and willing to learn. She is also author of two published articles for Modern Drummer and Tom Tom Magazine.