Magadini was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Charles and Ruth Magadini. At the age of 6 the family moved to Palm Springs, California where he played in the elementary school band. Magadini's professional career began recording singles for Lee Hazlewood and Lester Sill while attending high school in Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix he studied with Donald Bothwell and was heavily influenced by the playing of Max Roach.
In 1960 Magadini studied drum set with Roy Burns at the Henry Adler Drum School in New York City. He then enrolled at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied timpani with New York Philharmonic timpanist Roland Kohloff, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1965. During his time in San Francisco he formed a trio with keyboardist George Duke, also a student at the Conservatory, and performed with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra.
In 1968, while teaching at his alma mater, Magadini was awarded a fellowship to perform with The Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood. The next year he moved to Los Angeles where he taught drums at the Hollywood Professional Drum Shop and played with the Don Menza quartet. Magadini toured with Bobbie Gentry through 1969 before joining Diana Ross' first band as a solo artist.After touring with Ross from 1970 - 1971 he attended the University of Toronto, receiving a Master of Music degree in 1973.
In 1976 he produced Polyrhthym, for the IBis label, featuring himself, George Duke, Don Menza and Dave Young. His second album, Bones Blues, with Dave Young, Don Menza and Wray Downs, received a Juno award nomination for Best Jazz Album of the Year in 1979. Magadini has also performed extensively with and produced recordings for blues-jazz vocalist Mose Allison.
From 1988 to 1997 he taught at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal and at the Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific from 2003-2007. He also maintains a private teaching practice in the California Bay Area.
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