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Devin Gray

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: June 7, 1983    

An artist interested in multiple musical directions and one who strives for quality and sincerity in his work. His exciting energy has compelled him towards many different musical directions and projects. Considered by his contemporaries as cutting edge, Gray shows promise as an artist that will not only move the music forward, but one who will share his unique musical vision with the world of music.
 

Devin Gray’s fresh approach to modern drumming has enabled him to play with many of America’s great jazz musicians. He has performed and recorded with innovative musicians of contrasting styles and backgrounds such as: Tony Malaby, Gary Thomas, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Burrell, Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, George Garzone, Chris Speed, Sam Rivers, John O’Gallagher, Ellery Eskelin, Kris Davis, Ted Rosenthal, Dave Liebman, Andrew D’Angelo, Vardan Ovsepian, Bill McHenry as well as many others.
 
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    Dirigo Rataplan

    Skirl Records
    2012
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Dirigo Rataplan

Skirl Records (2012)

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“Devin Gray is amazing with his commanding mastery of the drums. He pushes his cymbals softly and splashes fire from his sticks.”

- Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, Jazzreview.com
 

“…and Gray has yet to grow a third arm and bounce simultaneous snare rolls and high-hat chatter off Thomas’ serpentine runs and Grip’s quickened throb…”

- Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper
 

“It’s also worth noting that Gray and Grip get right inside these grooves, giving them a convincing heaviness. Gray’s drumming in particular is both driving and mercurial, providing just enough lift to keep things interesting.”

- Daniel Spicemer, One Final Note
 

”Devin Gray is a swinging, sensitive, and interactive drummer who plays with a lot of spirit.”

- NYC pianist Ted Rosenthal (tedrosenthal.com)
 

“And I promise, you will get touched by Devin Gray’s fast flowing cymbal-runs…”

- Frédéric Benreguia, Jazz critic in Paris (originally in French)
 

“Devin Gray is as fine a young drummer and composer as one is likely to encounter in the coming years.”

- NYC pianist Jon Ballantyne (www.jonballantyne.com)
 

“The drummer Devin Gray possesses an ear for unusual and beautiful sounds, as well as the facility, musicality and groove to convey these sounds to his very fortunate bandmates and audiences.”

- NYC pianist Jon Ballantyne (www.jonballantyne.com)

Primary InstrumentDrums

LocationBrooklyn, NY

Credentials/Background
Devin Gray teaches drums in the styles of rock, jazz and latin.
 
You can take lessons with Devin either at Larchmont Music Academy (jazz/rock drum set and mallet) or at his private studio in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (hours/rates are flexible - accepts a wide range of students from beginner to advanced).
 
Larch Music Academy Website
 
Contact Devin directly at devingraymusic@ gmail.com

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Devin Gray plays Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Yamaha Drums, and Remo Drum Heads.
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