Royston is releasing his new CD, 303, on Greenleaf Music. The albums is named for the area code of Denver, his hometown, and features guitarist Nir Felder, pianist Sam Harris, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trumpeter Nadja Noordhuis and the two-‐bass tandem of Mimi Jones and Yasushi Nakamur.
Royston moved to NYC in 2006 and has emerged as one of the most exciting and in-demand drummers o nthe jazz scene. Currently a member of Bill Frisell's Big Sur quintet and the Dave Douglas Quintent, with 303, he is poised to make the next leap in his very promising career. "The music on 303 has complete vision,” says Dave Douglas. “It’s really Rudy from the first note to the last. Profound grooves, soulful melodies and soloing come directly out of Rudy's compositions into the band. It is a true pleasure to hear the inner musical thoughts of this great drummer. I look forward to hearing this music hit the stage and to see Rudy take off as a leader."