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John B. Arnold

Born in New York City, John B. Arnold is an American drummer and composer whose innovative approach to the drum kit has been hailed as a revolution in modern drumming. Fusion guitarist John McLaughlin says of Arnold's playing: “He is pushing the barriers of contemporary drumming to new heights with the innovation of new concepts in drumming and rhythmic expression.” His instructional book “Revolutions in Modern Drumming” was released in March of 2019. He has taught in New York, Rome and Berlin and tours with his book doing workshops and seminars around Europe.

Born in New York City, Arnold has recorded with some of the greatest musicians of our time as a leader and sideman, including Kenny Garrett, Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, Adam Pieronczyk, Matthew Garrison, Jason Moran, Uri Caine, David Binney, Adam Pieronczyk, Jean Paul Bourelly, David Fiuscinzki, Michael Rosen, Jamaladeen Tacuma, John Pattitucci, Chet Baker, Ray Bryant, Barney Kessell, Steve Grossman, Martha Reeves and the Vendellas and many others. His unique style shows international influences from New York, Berlin and Rome, all of which he has called home. John is also the grandson of the American composer Hoagy Carmichael

Selected Discography

JOHN B. ARNOLD - Opium JOHN B. ARNOLD - Native Beauty JOHN B. ARNOLD - Logorhythms GARY THOMAS/ GREG OSBY - Pariah's Pariah CHET BAKER - Unusual Chet/ Naima RENE SANDOVAL - Action Reaction MICHEL AUDISSO - Petits Voyage COSMO INTINI/ PAOLO FRESU - Seeing the Cosmic JONNY ABELES - Always JONNY ABELES - Jonny On The Spot JONATHON ROBINSON - Spatial Stasis TOWNSTREET - Townstreet LARRY SCHNEIDER - Larry Schneider EDDY PALERMO - The Song Is You EDDY PALERMO - Eddy Palermo EDDY PALERMO - My Latin Feeling MAURIZIO GIAMMARCO - Punkromatic MARIZIO GIAMMARCO/David Fiuscinzky - Mega Meets Microtones ANDY EZRIN - And She Loves Him MATTHEW GARRISON - Matthew Garrison MATTHEW GARRISON - Shapeshifter RICCARDO FASSI - Notte RICCARDO FASSI/ ALEX SIPIAGIN - Double Plunge RICCARDO FASSI/ - The Music Of Eric Dolphy MANUEL DE SICA - Facciona NYJG - NEW YORK JAZZ GUERRILLA - Method To The Madness DANILO ZANCHI - Looking Ahead BABA YOGA - Stop That Jazz ANIMA - Anima SADE MANGIARACINA - Philosophy STEFANO COPPARI/ ANTONANGELO GIUDICE - Escape GIANLUCA ESPOSITO - Biancoscuro HENRY COOK/ FRANK LACY - Time Travellers GIAMMARCO/ DEIDDA/ ARNOLD (TRICYCLES) - Eclectricity FRANCESCO PONTICELLI - Elipsses FRANCESCA SORTINO - Francy's Kicks ADAM PIERONCZYK - Migratory Poets ADAM PIERONCZYK - TBA GREG BURK - The Detroit Songbook MICHAEL ROSEN - Press ESC to Escape PIERLUCA BUONFRATE - Words GABRIELE BUONASORTE - The Taste of a Second Life MICHELANGELO BRANDIMARTE - TBA TEKNA - Tekna GREG BURK - Middle, End, Beginning


“He is pushing the barriers of contemporary drumming to new heights with the innovation of new concepts in drumming and rhythmic expression.” - JOHN MCLAUGHLIN

“He is also an important figure in the ongoing development of modern expressions of music.” -MATTHEW GARRISON

“Powerhouse drummer John Arnold plays with a kind of inevitability and immunity common to musicians at their peaks”. - WWW.WONDERINGSOUND.COM



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