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.
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.
“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
- 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
- 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.”
New York City
Devin Gray teaches drums in the styles of rock, jazz and
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
Contact Devin directly at
Devin Gray offers clinics and master classes in several
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
General to Speciﬁc Drum Master class topics can
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?’