Cymbals listed from left to right
13" Signature Traditionals Medium Light Hi-Hat
18" Signature Traditionals Extra Thin (discontinued)
20" Signature Traditionals Light Ride
14" Signature Traditionals Extra Thin (discontinued)
Described by Cadence Magazine as a whirling dervish of rhythmic coloration, an exceptional drummer by Jazz Times Magazine, and a creator of brilliant compositions and exquisite sound by Modern Drummer Magazine, Jeanette Kangas (aka Wrate) has performed in major venues in Europe, Canada and the USA, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival at Sea, Playboy Jazz Festival, Freiburg Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Great American Music Hall, Zellerbach Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Jeanette received her MFA in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts and a MM from San Diego State University. Some of Jeanette's teaching experience includes teaching percussion ensemble, music theory and jazz history at Los Angeles Harbor College. She also taught music theory and mentored music students at El Camino College in Los Angeles from 1987-2006. Jeanette has been performing and recording for over twenty-five years in Los Angeles and San Diego. Artists she has performed with include Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Witherspoon, Cris Williamson, Charlie Haden, Stacy Rowles, Big World, Maiden Voyage, Michael Vlatkovich, Steuart Liebig, Ellen Burr, Holly Hoffmann, Tokeli, Peter Sprague and Bob Magnusen. She is featured on recordings by Big World, Cris Williamson, Tret Fure, Glenn Horiuchi, Steuart Liebig, Ellen Burr, Nate Jarrell, Ensemble Off n On and her own quartets: the Jeanette Wrate Quartet and The Northern Lights Ensemble. In 2015 she recorded and mixed a CD titled Mystic Poets by Sounds of Devotion where she can be heard playing various hand percussion, guitar and voice. A second Mystic Poets CD has just been released (March 2020) entitled Mystic Poets II. Currently, Jeanette is living in Oregon. Due to COVID-19 she is working on a collection of original works that she is recording at Umpqua Valley Recording Studio, in Roseburg Oregon. She is currently the director and instructor of Umpqua Valley Drum Lessons.
Sound character: Dark, dry, woody. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Full, warm, open sound. Loose, soggy chick sound. Perfectly suited for traditional swing patterns, but also well usable for other acoustic styles like Blues, Country, Soul or Gospel.