These books are a distillation of my experiences as a student, fan, performer and teacher of jazz music. I am continually finding new and challenging musical ways to apply the concepts and exercises contained within the books. I hope you will too.


The Master Drummer

"What does it take to become a great player? The Master Drummer is based on over 40 years of observing and studying the master players. Throughout this DVD, renowned player, author and teacher, John Riley, defines and explores the four key musical components drummers must develop in order to play at the highest level. John's insightful approach will help any drummer grow, regardless of level or style, and will lead to positive results in the achievement of one's musical goals."
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The Art Of Bop Drumming

"John Riley has written the definitive book on bop drumming. Since bop drumming is both the turning point and the cornerstone of contemporary music's development, it is essential to any student of the instrument that he or she read and work from this book." -- Peter Erskine
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Beyond Bop Drumming

Voted one of the top five drum books in the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll 2000.
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The Jazz Drummer's Workshop

"Noted drummer and educator John Riley has created an in-depth work for serious students of the instrument. Conceptual topics (time playing, comping, soloing), artist style and analysis (Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and others) and technique (warm-ups, Moeller, etc.) all come together in a fresh, educational and inspiring way. Destined to become an important addition to curriculum. The CD features Riley performing several of the examples."
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Killer Grooves

"Devised by Carl Fischer's President, Sandy Feldstein, Killer Grooves is the coffee table book you can play. A fan's book, a drummer's, Killer Grooves is the hippest new drum book in years. Each drummer who contributed, a who's who of the best players from the jazz, pop, and rock world's, is represented by a two-page spread that includes a brief biography, photographs and a personal quote that is often an insightful look at the player's musical philosophy. There is also a logo for each product or product line the player endorses."
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