Herlin Riley

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Herlin Riley
Herlin Riley plays drums at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on 18 July 2019
Herlin Riley plays drums at the New Orleans Jazz Museum on 18 July 2019
Background information
Born (1957-02-15) February 15, 1957 (age 67)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1984–present
LabelsCriss Cross, Mack Avenue

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.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Ahmad Jamal

With Marcus Roberts

With Dr. Lonnie Smith

With Wynton Marsalis

[With Bennie Wallace]

  • 2002 Bennie Wallace In Berlin


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

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