Cameron MacIntosh received his Bachelors of Music in 2018 and Masters of Music in 2020 at The Juilliard School under the Bidu Sayão and Irving Berlin Scholarship. Born in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and raised in New Jersey, Cam first picked up the sticks at age nine. After taking formal lessons with various teachers in the Jersey area, at age eleven, Cam was accepted by the great Joe Morello (of the Dave Brubeck quartet) as his youngest student ever.
When in high school, Cam enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music precollege division, where he trained for two years. He was also a member of the big band at Jazz House in Montclair, NJ, under the artistic direction of Christian McBride. Cam played with icons such as McBride, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, Al Jarreau, and David Sanborn.
Cam was selected as a member of the 2012 and 2014 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, playing with Chick Corea and Anthony Hamilton and recording at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. He also participated in the Grammy Cultural exchange program in New York City and a string quartet from China. Cam was a three-year member (2012-14) of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, where he toured Japan twice in addition to the west coast and Canada and played with Ambrose Akinmusire and Joe Lovano. He was also selected as a 2015 YoungArts Finalist, a member of the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony and Vail Jazz Workshop, where he worked with the great Lewis Nash.
In 2016, Cam was selected to play for a week at the 41st Annual Bern Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland. In the same year, he also represented America at the Future of Jazz Festival directed by Igor Butman at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. In 2018, Cam toured with vocalist Morgan James and played the Victoria and Vancouver Jazz Festivals in British Columbia, Canada, followed by an east coast tour. In the same year, Cam was invited to play at the Vail Dance Festival and the Vail Jazz Festival in Colorado as a member of the alumni quintet, in addition to performing with Sean Jones and Eric Alexander. He returned to Colorado in 2019 to perform for a second time at the Vail Dance Festival, also being commissioned to write music for a new ballet by New York City Ballet Principal Lauren Lovette. Later that year, he taught and played jazz drums for the tap dance students at the Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Intensive.
Cam has performed with luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis and consistently works as both sideman and leader at various venues in New York and abroad, including The Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club, The Blue Note, Smalls, Mezzrow, The 55 Bar, Ginny’s, and Smoke. He performs regularly around New York in the Doug Wamble Trio and organist Brian Charette. Cam is a full-time member of emerging indie-artist Miette Hope’s band in New York. He continues to play regularly on the NYC Jazz and Singer-Songwriter circuit. His favorite performance on record is The Isaiah J. Thompson Trio – Live from Exuberance album, which can be found on Apple Music and other streaming services.
Since age 15, Cam has taught drums privately to students of all ages. He is a teaching ambassador for Jazz Roots in NJ, where he has provided master classes on both drumming and rhythm section playing. Cam was the teaching assistant at Jazz House Summer Workshop under the artistic direction of Christian McBride. Cam has also participated in various clinics for students both in the US and abroad in his travels.