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Devin Gray

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 the worlds great jazz musicians. He has performed and recorded with innovative musicians of contrasting styles and backgrounds such as: David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Gary Thomas, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Burrell, Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, Nate Wooley, Stephan Crump, George Garzone, Chris Speed, Drew Gress, Sam Rivers, Ralph Alessi, John O’Gallagher, Ellery Eskelin, Kris Davis, Ted Rosenthal, Matt Mitchell, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, Andrew D’Angelo, Vardan Ovsepian, Angelica Sanchez, as well as many others.

Devin has been fortunate to perform in many places around the globe. He is a top call young drummer in many modern jazz circles in New York City. Current leader projects include two quartets: “Dirigo Rataplan” featuring Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou, and Michael Formanek, and “RelativE ResonancE” featuring Chris Speed, Kris Davis, and Chris Tordini. He is currently living, playing, and composing in Brooklyn, New York.

Formal Training:

Manhattan School of Music Masters of Music, jazz performance, 2008

Peabody Conservatory of Music (Johns Hopkins University) Bachelor of Music, jazz performance, 2006


Devin Gray plays Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Canopus Drums, and Remo Drum Heads.


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“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)

“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

“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.”

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Primary Instrument



New York City


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).
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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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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Most Definitely

Rataplan Records NYC


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Rataplan Records NYC


Dirigo Rataplan II

Self Produced


RelativE ResonancE

Skirl Records


Dirigo Rataplan

Skirl Records



Umlaut Records


27 Licks

From: 27 Licks
By Devin Gray


From: Dirigo Rataplan II
By Devin Gray

City Nothing City

From: RelativE ResonancE
By Devin Gray

Dirigo Highlights

From: Dirigo Rataplan
By Devin Gray


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