Catch Up with Choclatt Jared, Bucket Drummer on Broadway, Hollywood And Television

Jul 21, 2017

Choclatt Jared went from to bucket drumming to starring in Hollywood films and Broadway musicals
Credit Allan Wolper for WBGO

Choclatt Jared and his band have played their bucket drums on The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live — and in movies with Mel Gibson and Sharon Stone. Later this year he will appear in the movie Breaking Brooklyn, with Lou Gossett, Jr.

A self-taught musician who honed his skills on the streets of Harlem, he was one the creators of four-time Tony Award-winning Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk. He jump-started his musical life at age 14, in 1990 — the height of the crack epidemic — working his magic on streets located near subway lines.

“We would get our buckets from crack heads,” he said in a May 2014 interview on Conversations with Allan Wolper. “We would pay them $3 a bucket. They would get them from dumpsters, construction sites and restaurants.”