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Ben Riley

Ben Riley (b. 17 July 1933) is an American jazz drummer who has worked with Thelonious Monk, Alice Coltrane, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Ahmad Jamal, and Kenny Barron, and was a member with Barron of Sphere.

Riley was born in Savannah, Georgia, but his parents moved to New York City when he was four years old, and he was brought up there. His father was a shipyard worker, and his mother did domestic work. After a couple of years living in Baltimore, Maryland during World War II (when his father was working for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation), the family moved to Sugar Hill, Georgia, where Riley stayed until moving back to New York.

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Grown Folks Music
Grown Folks Music
Sunnyside Records
2012
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Memories of T
Memories of T
Concord Music Group
2006
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