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  John Riley

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John Riley

John Riley, born John Bernard Riley on June 11, 1954, in Aberdeen, Maryland, is an American jazz drummer, music educator, clinician and author. Riley has performed with the likes of Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, Franck Amsallem, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, and Bob Berg.

In 1976, Riley made a move to New York City and began working with Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd just two years after. He started subbing for Mel Lewis and took over the Village Vanguard Orchestra drum chair after Lewis' death in 1990.

John Riley's educational materials include The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, The Art of Bop Drumming (Book & CD), Beyond Bop Drumming (Book & CD), and The Master Drummer (DVD).