Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Riley spent his formative years in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He received his B.M. at University of North Texas 1975 and his M.M., at Manhattan School of Music 1985. He's performed with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker and Jack DeJohnette. He's done extensive touring with the John Scofield Quartet, the Woody Herman Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band the Red Rodney Quintet and Bob Mintzer. Also concerts with guitarists Mike Stern and John Abercrombie, saxophonists Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Bob Berg and others. Toured with composer/pianists Marvin Hamlisch and Michel LeGrand. He's played at all of the world's major jazz festivals, on numerous recordings and on John Scofield's video "Live Three Ways". He's the author of "The Art of Bop Drumming" pu blished by Warner Bros. 1994 and "Beyond Bop Drumming" published by Warner Bros. 1997. He's been a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music, The New School and William Paterson University.
He's transcriber of 18 Warner Bros. books containing the contents of drum videos ranging from Billy Joel's drummer Liberty DeVito to Chick Corea's Dave Weckl to Wynton Marsalis's Herlin Riley. He's published articles in Modern Drummer and the Percussive Arts Society magazine. He endorses Zildjian sticks and cymbals, GMS drums and Remo heads.