Jazz Drumming Deep Dive – Elvin Jones and Tony Williams

Wednesdays 6 - 7:30 pm PT 4/5 - 5/31 (9 weeks)

Jazz Drumming Deep Dive – Elvin Jones and Tony Williams
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Drums and Percussion
Day Wed
Instructor Jon Arkin
Status online event

Immerse yourself in the drumming styles of two of the most influential jazz drummers of all time: Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. In this course, we will explore the unique approaches and techniques of these jazz giants, gaining a deeper understanding of their contributions to the evolution of jazz drumming. Through the analysis of classic recordings and live performances, students will learn about the rhythmic concepts, soloing techniques, and musicality that made Elvin Jones and Tony Williams such exceptional and influential drummers. By drawing on their insights and approaches, we’ll develop techniques and concepts to apply to our own drumming.

Instructor: Jon Arkin 

B.M. in Jazz Performance, University of Miami School of Music (now Frost School of Music); has performed internationally with a wide variety of musicians including Lee Konitz, Gene Perla, Grady Tate, Ira Sullivan, Cuong Vu, Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Wil Blades, Vusi Mahlasela, Meklit Hadero, Karl Denson, Stew, Fareed Haque, and many others; longtime member of groups led by Nathan Clevenger, Ian Carey, Adam Shulman, Matthew Charles Heulitt; performs in various configurations with his self-designed electro-acoustic setup, including with the Schimscheimer Family Trio, Jordan Glenn, Rob Ewing, Kasey Knudsen, and Ben Goldberg; has taught classes/ lessons/workshops at the CJC/JCMS, Stanford Jazz Workshop, UC Berkeley, Sonoma State U, Humboldt State U, and many other schools around the U.S. and Europe. www.jonarkin.net 

Student Reviews 

“Jon has great communication skills and is an observant listener.” 

“Jon is a fantastic drum instructor. He is patient and supportive, and created a very comfortable virtual experience. He spoke clearly and slowly, so it was easy to understand him over a computer.”