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Devin Gray

from devingraymusic.com

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, Nate Wooley, Dave Burrell, Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, George Garzone, Chris Speed, Sam Rivers, John O’Gallagher, Ellery Eskelin, Kris Davis, Stephan Crump, Ted Rosenthal, Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, 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)

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 (jazz/rock drum set and mallets) at his private studio in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (hours/rates are flexible - accepts a wide range of students from beginner to advanced).
 
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?’

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