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Karriem Riggins

If jazz and hip-hop passionately and cleverly intertwined with one another, the hybrid result would be a musically gifted lovechild. Or, perhaps, if ones bloodline is to blame father, Emmanuel Riggins is a musician and used to perform with guitarist Grant Green a musical rarity is nonetheless the result. Whatever the reason, whatever the description, a musical talent by any other name is still well a musical talent. And such a musical talent has manifested itself into musician, producer Karriem Riggins.

Born August 25, 1975 in Detroit, MI, Riggins parents realized their son was gifted at an early age: not only would Riggins dig through his parents record collection as a young child but he would also accompany his father to the studio and play with instruments in the likeness of a musical great. Riggins continued his ongoing affair with music by studying it in school and making hip-hop music during his middle and high school days. Riggins turned his love into a profession, moving to New York City in 1994 at the age of 19. He joined Jazz Ahead, the band of renowned jazz singer Betty Carter, as a drummer.

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