Jim Blackley

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Jim Blackley
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Background information
Birth name James David Blackley
Born 1927 (age 89–90)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation(s) Drum teacher, author
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, Sting, Annie Lennox
Website www.jimblackley.com

James David Blackley (born 1927 in Edinburgh) is a jazz-focused drumkit teacher.

His students have gone on to play or record with such renowned musicians as Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, Sting, and Annie Lennox to name but a few.

His first publication, Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer has been called a “Musical Gem” by Elvin Jones. It has circled the world, embraced by teachers and musicians alike, and remained in print for over forty years.

Blackley’s next masterwork, The Essence of Jazz Drumming was proclaimed “Percussive Wisdom” by Down Beat magazine.

Blackley lives and teaches in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, offering monthly sessions to Canadian students and 10-day master classes to professional musicians from around the globe.

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