Herlin Riley

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Herlin Riley
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Herlin Riley, Christmas concert, December 8, 2007, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Background information
Born (1957-02-15)February 15, 1957
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1984–present
Labels Criss Cross, Mack Avenue
Associated acts Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Herlin Riley (born February 15, 1957) is an American jazz drummer and a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis.

A native of New Orleans, Riley started on the drums when he was three. He played trumpet through high school, but he went back to drums in college. After graduating, he spent three years as a member of a band led by Ahmad Jamal. He has worked often with Wynton Marsalis as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and of Marsalis's small groups. He has also worked with George Benson, Harry Connick, Jr., and Marcus Roberts.[1]

Riley played a large part in developing the drum parts for Wynton Marsalis's Pulitzer Prize-winning album, Blood on the Fields. He is a lecturer in percussion for the jazz studies program at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


As leader[edit]

  • Watch What You're Doing (Criss Cross, 2000)
  • Cream of the Crescent (Criss Cross, 2005)
  • New Direction (Mack Avenue, 2016)

As sideman[edit]

With Ahmad Jamal

With Marcus Roberts

With Wynton Marsalis


  1. ^ Collar, Matt. "Herlin Riley". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Herlin Riley | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 

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