John Riley

College Faculty:
Jazz Arts: Drum Set

Critically acclaimed performer, author, and teacher, John Riley has worked with the world’s leading jazz musicians for over 30 years. A multiple Grammy award winner, John has played on hundreds of recordings and at major venues with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others.

He is the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, currently published in five languages, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop and the DVD The Master Drummer.

John has a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, 1975, and an MM in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School of Music, 1985. He has been a member of the Jazz Arts faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1986. He is also on the faculty of SUNY Purchase, is an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland, and has given master classes around the world.

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