Jeremy Cunningham is a drummer, composer, and improviser. Originally from Cincinnati, he moved to Chicago in 2009, where he currently performs and composes as an integral part of the city’s vibrant music scene.
As a teenager, Cunningham grew serious about performing music during his time with a jam band called “Ray’s Music Exchange.” There, he learned the intricacies of playing with a large group, and dove headlong into the jazz of the late 60s and early 70s. He holds a Bachelors of Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with professor John Von Ohlen, whose zen, loose approach toward drumming continues to inform Cunningham’s technique today. Coltrane (and, by extension, Elvin Jones) is another huge influence; Cunningham cites an early introduction to “Live at Birdland” as a formative musical experience.
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“…thunderous energy… great precision and intensity.” —WX5U, Detroit
Cunningham has proved himself a nimble and versatile figure in a variety of
mainstream and cutting-edge jazz ensembles, the Chicago drummer perhaps best
known for his collaborations with trumpeter Marquis Hill. -Howard Reich, Chicago
Willing to teach
MM Jazz Performance DePaul University
BM Jazz Performance University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music