John Riley

John Riley

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Critically acclaimed performer, author and teacher, John Riley has worked with the world's leading Jazz musicians for over 40 years.  A four time GRAMMY award winner and 14 time nominee, 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. John 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 the Manhattan School of Music, 1985.  He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and Kutztown University, an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland and has given master classes around the world.

John Riley's setup

1.14" K Dark Thin HiHats *

2.22" K Custom Dry Complex Ride *

3.22" K Custom Dry Ride (re-lathed and hammered) *

4.'70s 20" Swish *

* May be prototype or discontinued

Behind the kit

John Riley: Drum Solo 3 - Transcription by Terry Branam

Modern Drummer Festival 2011 - Bônus 2 John Riley

John Riley Demonstrates Technique at Vic's Drum Shop