Joe Peri

Precollege Faculty:
Jazz Drum Set

Drummer, percussionist, and educator Joe Peri is primarily known as a jazz drummer, but he has played with a diverse range of bands and performers all around the world since arriving in New York City in 2009.

Joe performs regularly in many of NYC’s premiere jazz clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, Mezzrow, Smoke Jazz Club, the Blue Note, and the Django to name a few.  After collaborating with numerous notable jazz artists like Aaron Goldberg, Joel Frahm, Yotam Silberstein, Kevin Hays, and Dave Kikoski, Joe was noticed by Verve Recording Artist, jazz trumpeter/vocalist Brian Newman and played in his band from the summer of 2017 until the start of 2019. Globally acclaimed as “Lady Gaga’s Jazz Band”, the band toured world-wide alongside Gaga & Tony Bennett for their successful “Cheek to Cheek” album and continues to work with Lady Gaga, often headlining packed houses for more intimate “After Hours” shows.

As a passionate proponent of jazz education, Joe has maintained a highly sought-after private lesson studio in Manhattan and recently completed a residency as the Jazz Drumset Instructor at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, where he remains a consultant and frequent collaborator today. He also is a performing artist with many outreach programs including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Jazz For Young People” program, dedicated to educational jazz concerts in the greater New York area for children K-12.

A two-time graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (BM ’13 & MM ’15), Joe studied under the watchful eye of master drummer John Riley of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

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