Jeff Ballard (musician)

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Jeff Ballard
Photo: Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Background information
Born (1963-09-17) September 17, 1963 (age 53)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Labels Okeh
Associated acts Brad Mehldau Trio, Fly

Jeff Ballard (born September 17, 1963) is an American jazz drummer from Santa Cruz, California.[1] He has played with Ray Charles and Pat Metheny and plays periodically with Chick Corea in many groups such as Origin and the Chick Corea New Trio. He also played with many New York-based jazz musicians such as Reid Anderson, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Miguel Zenon and Eli Degibri. He has also played with the Joshua Redman Elastic Band.[2]

He is currently a member of the Brad Mehldau Trio and co-leader of Fly, a collective trio with Mark Turner and Larry Grenadier.[3]


  • Best Debut Album, 2014, NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, Time's Travels


Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson


As a leader or co-leader[edit]

With Jeff Ballard Trio including Lionel Loueke & Miguel Zenón

  • Time's Tale (OKeh, 2014)

With Fly including Mark Turner & Larry Grenadier

  • Fly (Savoy Jazz, 2004)
  • Sky & Country (ECM, 2009)
  • Year of the Snake (ECM, 2012)

As a sideman[edit]

With Chick Corea

With Brad Mehldau

With Pat Metheny

With Joshua Redman

With Kurt Rosenwinkel

With Avishai Cohen

  • Adama (1998)
  • Devotion (1999)
  • Colors (2000)


  1. ^ "Artists". Vic Firth. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  2. ^ Michael G. Nastos. "Jeff Ballard | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Fly | Biography, Albums, & Streaming Radio". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 

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