In this podcast I chat with jazz great, John Riley, Riley has made a name for himself performing with world-class musicians like including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.
Riley had been subbing for Mel Lewis in the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. When Lewis died in 1990, the orchestra decided to continue as theVanguard Jazz Orchestra and Riley became its permanent drummer, a chair he has held for twenty-five years. (Wikipedia)
A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.
In this session you’ll hear John Riley talk about:
- The 4 characteristics of a great player, and how to work on them
- His early start with the drums
- How he made huge strides in his playing
- His approach to creativity
- His typical practice routine
- Creative exercises to use with Stick control
- How to learn songs and form – and then how to play them.
Resources and links mentioned:
- Contact John Riley: Website
- “Drop” Metronome
- Max Roach
- Ahmad Jamal
- Master Studies
- Master Studies II
- Village Vanguard