Jazz Masters: Herlin Riley

Jazz Masters Series presents New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley with the Arrowhead Jazz Band (Rangers Jon Beebe, James Barry, and Bud Holmes) to perform traditional New Orleans and Jazz standards. Since coming of age in the nurturing environment of a very musical family and a distinguished bloodline of drummers, New Orleans native Herlin Riley emerged from that most creative era of all things rhythmic in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, to enliven the ensembles of such influential and demanding improvisers as pianist Ahmad Jamal and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis through his commanding yet elegant rhythmic presence. His authoritative style of melodic percussion is deeply imbued in the fertile creative soil of the Crescent City, encompassing as it does the entire length and breadth of America’s ongoing musical journey.

Free and open to the public, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.