John Riley

John Riley's Biography

B.M., University of North Texas; M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Performed with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker and Jack DeJohnette. Extensive touring with the John Scofield Quartet, the Woody Herman Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band the Red Rodney Quintet, the Mingus Big Band and Bob Mintzer. Also concerts with guitarists Mike Stern and John Abercrombie, saxophonists Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Bob Berg and others. Toured with composer/pianists Marvin Hamlisch and Michel LeGrand. Played at all of the world's major jazz festivals, on numerous recordings and on John Scofield's video "Live Three Ways." Author of "The Art of Bop Drumming," and "Beyond Bop Drumming." Faculty: Manhattan School of Music, The New School, New York University and William Paterson University.

Transcriber of 18 Warner Bros. books containing the contents of drum videos ranging from Billy Joel's drummer Liberty DeVito to Chick Corea's Dave Weckl to Wynton Marsalis's Herlin Riley. Regular contributer to "Modern Drummer" magazine and frequent leader of workshops and master classes around the world.

Endorsements: Yamaha drums, Remo heads and Zildjian Cymbals.

John Riley's Gear
John Riley

Gear List

Absolute MapleASD-0115 14"x5.5"ABD-1120 20"x14"ATT-1110J 10"x8"ATT-1112J 12"x8"AFT-1114 14"x14"