|Birth name||James David Blackley|
|Born||1927 (age 89–90)
|Occupation(s)||Drum teacher, author|
|Associated acts||Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, Sting, Annie Lennox|
James David Blackley (born 1927 in Edinburgh) is a jazz-focused drumkit teacher.
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.