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Darrell Green

Artist Bio

Innovative master drummer, Darrell Green is one of the leading, most sought after masterful drummers on today’s jazz scene. As a prolific sideman, bandleader, educator, clinician, composer and producer, Darrell developed his mastery in the heart of Oakland, California.

A Gretsch artist since 2011, Darrell developed a style rooted in modern post-bop, while retaining elements of his gospel and classical lineage. As a soloist, Darrell is known for his effortless, masterful technique and captivating rhythms that bring the music to life, taking audiences on a spiritual journey. Many have compared his rhythmic sense of style, inventiveness, feel, and mastery to the likes of Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and Art Blakey—being deeply rooted in the drum tradition. Though jazz is his primary focus, Darrell is conversant in every genre from straight-ahead jazz, to Latin and West African music.

As a performer, Darrell has toured and performed in notable concert halls and music festivals in over 50 countries around the world, including Jazz At Lincoln Center, The Blue Note Jazz Club, Birdland, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Darrell has toured and recorded with leading jazz artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Pharoah Sanders, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Mary Stallings, Houston Person, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Antoine Roney, just to name a few.

Darrell has a strong belief in mentorship and nurturing the next generation of musicians. He was the product of a community of mentors (including Billy Higgins, saxophonist Bill Stewart, Faye Carol, Wallace and Antoine Roney) who helped him to develop and shape his musicianship and skills. His strong desire and mission to give back to the community has led him to conduct masterclasses, clinics, and workshops all around the world.

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