Tom Rainey

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Tom Rainey
Rainey performing Faux Faux at The Cinema, West Philadelphia, 30 July 2006
Rainey performing Faux Faux at The Cinema, West Philadelphia, 30 July 2006
Background information
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
GenresAvant-garde jazz
Years active1980s – present
LabelsScrewgun, Clean Feed, Marge
Tom Rainey, Moers Festival 2012

Tom Rainey (born 1957) is an American jazz drummer.


After attending Berklee College of Music he moved to New York in 1979.[1] He has played with Tim Berne,[2] Nels Cline, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Simon Nabatov, Tom Varner, and Kenny Werner.

Rainey worked with Berne in the 1990s and 2000s in the bands Big Satan, Hard Cell, Paraphrase, and Science Friction. After thirty years as a sideman, he released his first album, Pool School (Clean Feed, 2010) in a trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson and his wife, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock.[3][4]


As leader[edit]

As co-leader[edit]

With Simon Nabatov & Nils Wogram

  • Nawora (Leo, 2012)

With Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis & Ingrid Laubrock

With Ingrid Laubrock

  • And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch, 2014)
  • Buoyancy (Relative Pitch, 2016)
  • Utter (Relative Pitch, 2018)

As sideman[edit]

With Ray Anderson

With Tim Berne

With Nels Cline

With Kris Davis

With Mark Feldman

With Ronan Guilfoyle

  • Hands (Portmanteau, 2015)

With Ingrid Laubrock

With Myra Melford

With Liam Noble

  • Romance Among the Fishes (Basho, 2004)

With Samo Salamon

  • Two Hours (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006)
  • Almost Almond (Sanje, 2011)
  • Duality (Samo Records, 2012)

With David Torn

With Tom Varner

With Roseanna Vitro

With Jane Ira Bloom


  1. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Tom Rainey". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ Fitzell, Sean Patrick (23 February 2004). "Drummer Tom Rainey". All About Jazz. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  3. ^ May, Chris (24 July 2010). "Pool School". All About Jazz. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ Brady, Shaun (1 November 2010). "Tom Rainey: The Reluctant Leader". JazzTimes. Retrieved 25 November 2017.

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