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Devin Gray

Born: June 7, 1983    Primary Instrument: Drums

Devin Gray

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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“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)

Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan connects musical generations while enhancing the dialogue of knowledge, experience, and honesty in jazz. Each composition unearths new possibilities enhancing each member of the quartets lifelong contributions to one of America's original art forms. Dirigo Rataplan uniquely represents three musical generations of experiences, perceptions, and conclusions with emphasis on Gray’s generation as the composer and bandleader of the quartet. Look for the album on Chris Speeds SKIRL RECORDS, in spring 2012.
 
"The debut leader recording from Brooklyn based drummer and composer Devin Gray offers a strong introduction to the future output of his artistic vision. Keep an eye on him as he will shockingly slip and slide through your preconceptions of style and genre."
 
The Musicians
 
Ellery Eskelin - tenor sax
Dave Ballou - trumpet
Michael Formanek - bass
Devin Gray - drums/composition
 

 
Tracks:
 
Quadraphonically
Cancel the Cancel
Down Time
Prospect Park in the Dark (For Charles Ives)
Talking with Hands
Otaku
Thickets (For Gerald Cleaver)
Katahdin
 

 
All Music by Devin Gray (Voner Music-BMI)

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Primary Instrument:
Drums

Location:
Brooklyn, 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

Clinic/Workshop Information:

Devin Gray offers clinics and master classes in several areas of modern music practice.
 
General Master class topics can include:
 
Listening, solo improvisation, free improvisation, sound production, rhythm (metric and organic), rhythmic phrasing, rhythm section playing and interaction concepts, dynamics, time, improvisation concepts, group sound, basic to advance repertoire, and historical approaches to improvisational composition.
 
General to Specific Drum Master class topics can include:
 
Warm ups, stick control, rudiments (SD and creative applications) brush techniques, control and use of dynamics, basic jazz beats (or advanced tony williams studies) singing rhythms, sight reading, rock and jazz independence, basic foundation of core drum set grooves, playing with a metronome, playing with click tracks, odd meter playing, creative approaches to improvising over odd meters, interpreting challenging music, techniques and tips, and approaches to soloing.
 
Listening Analysis Clinics:
 
Says Devin, “Over the years I have found myself repeatedly mentioning to almost every student, ‘please listen to more music’ or ‘what have you been listening to?’. Too often I get the answer of, ‘I don't know’ or ‘Listening...what?’ I believe that students need to be more informed of how to listen more analytically as it will help awareness and focus in their studies. Examples would be: listening to harmonic sequences, counting odd measure forms, hearing/ studying individual instrument parts and their relationship/contributions to the whole, each student can provide their own examples, as well as mine with discussion."
 
For more details please visit Devin's Website or 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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