As a jazz drummer and world percussionist, Jeremy Noller represents both sides of a rare musical coin. Since his arrival in New York City in 2003, Jeremy has taken full advantage of the city’s diverse music scene, performing with many of the finest jazz musicians, contemporary percussionists, and West African drummers. For his debut album, Music Notes, Jeremy has brought together artists from these different musical realms to perform his original compositions and arrangements, which combine contemporary jazz and traditional West African rhythms. The result is an expression of Jeremy’s unique musical journey that reaches across boundaries to audiences of all walks of life.
Originally from Libertyville IL, Jeremy began studying percussion at the age of nine. A standout musician in high school, he won a music scholarship to the University of Illinois, where he studied classical percussion with William Moersch. He went on to the University of North Florida, where he explored his deepening love for jazz with pianist Kevin Bales and legendary saxophonist/educator Bunky Green. While at UNF, Jeremy won numerous scholarships and awards including a Downbeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Group in 2002. After graduating with honors in 2003, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music. There he completed a master’s degree in jazz studies under the tutelage of world-renown drummer John Riley.
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“Jeremy Noller's new CD ‘Music Notes’ is joyously notable
music. Jeremy's groovy compositions are beautifully
performed by his cohorts and his hip drumming unifies and
propels it all. Check it out.”
- John Riley (drummer/educator/author)
Jeremy Noller has produced one of the freshest CDs I've
heard this year, it reaches across the barrier from jazz into
world music. “...fresh, unpredictable and beautiful.”
- Bunky Green (saxophonist/educator)
“With the ability to regenerate a traditional concept into a
modern configuration, Noller keeps his listener's intrigue in the
very bi-lingual palm of his hand.”
“...his album is contagiously jubilant and successfully clears
the preoccupied mind of its woes and strains.”
- Knocks From The Underground
An experienced music educator, Jeremy Noller has been
actively teaching for over 10 years. He is currently on faculty
at the Bloomingdale School of Music in Manhattan. He
performs in educational outreach programs with both the
Drum Café and the Ethos Percussion Group, and has taught
as a resident artist for Midori & Friends and Young Audiences
New York. Jeremy has also worked with Jazz at Lincoln
Center’s Jazz in the Schools program bringing jazz
workshops to schools throughout the New York City area.