Herlin Riley (born February 15, 1957) is an American Neo-bop jazz drummer. Along with other notable musicians such as Wynton Marsalis and Wessel Anderson, he is a member of the New York jazz group, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
"Whirlin" Herlin Riley was born in New Orleans, Louisiana into a musical family, and first began playing the drums at the age of three. He studied trumpet throughout high school and for two years of college, but his interest in the instrument waned and he began to focus again on drums.
From 1984 to 1987, Riley was a member of Ahmad Jamal's group. He joined Wynton Marsalis in 1988, and toured and performed with them until the group disbanded in 1994. He also performed music by Duke Ellington on the first Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra U.S. tour in 1992.
He has made recordings with Marcus Roberts, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., George Benson, Bennie Wallace, and Mark Whitfield. He has also played in theatrical performances, including One Mo' Time and Satchmo: America's Musical Legend.
Riley is a regularly featured musician at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and played a large part in developing the drum parts for Wynton Marsalis's Pulitzer Prize-winning 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, IL.
- New Direction (Mack Avenue Records, 2016)
With Ahmad Jamal
- Digital Works (Atlantic, 1985)
- Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival 1985 (Atlantic, 1985)
- Rossiter Road (Atlantic, 1986)
- Blue Moon (JazzVillage, 2012)
With Marcus Roberts
- Deep in the Shed (Novus 1989)
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