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Jazz Time-Keeping

Learn the important aspects of jazz time-keeping on the Ride cymbal for medium and up tempo jazz, as well as few time variations between the Ride and Snare drum.

The following video footage was captured by Bart Elliott during John Riley's The Art of Improvisation Drumset Clinic on Thursday, November 10, @ 5:00 pm, at the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, IN. This video is a great introduction for the beginning jazz drummer as well as a nice refresher (and possible eye-opener) for the advanced player.

Critically acclaimed performer, author and teacher, John Riley has worked with the world's leading jazz musicians for over 30 years. A three time Grammy award winner and 13 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 B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, 1975, and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, 1985. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland, and has given masterclasses around the world.