• Jazz percussion professor Fabio Ragnelli sits at a drum set wearing headphones. The percussion sticks appear blurry due to the rapid music tempo Fabio is using.
  • Assistant Professor, Desautels Faculty of Music

    Room 112 Taché Hall
    150 Dafoe Road
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
    Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2



Assistant professor of jazz drum set Fabio Ragnelli is a JUNO Award-winning drummer and has been an in-demand sideman performing, recording, and touring with a number of artists since graduating from Humber College in 2008. As an educator, Ragnelli aims to inspire students and help them realize their full potential as creative musicians, and teaches Jazz Pedagogy and the Art of Listening.

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Performance highlights

While in New York City (2013-2018), Ragnelli studied with jazz luminaries such as Kenny Washington, Rogerio Boccato, and Nasheet Waits, and became an active member of Brooklyn’s vibrant jazz scene. Ragnelli has toured nationally and internationally, performing at venues such as Massey Hall, The Owl, Koerner Hall, Place des Arts, The 55 Bar, Cornelia St. Café, The National Arts Centre, The Cotton Club in Tokyo, Maison Symphonique, SF Jazz Center, The Blue Note Jazz Club, The Tranzac, and has also performed at a number of jazz festivals including Haiti, Halmstad, Monterey, and Montreal, among others.


  • Ragnelli has also received a number of professional development grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and has performed on several JUNO-nominated albums.

Ongoing research and creative works

As a performer, Ragnelli maintains an active schedule working with a number of artists in Canada and abroad. He is currently in the process of writing an instructional book for jazz drumset that will feature a number of transcriptions, as well as exercises to help students further develop their skills.

Ragnelli is also the founder of the Canadian Jazz Summit, a workshop that premiered in 2020.