BEN RILEY nous a quittés RIP


Benjamin Alexander Riley Jr. (July 17, 1933 – November 18, 2017) was an American jazz drummer known for his work with Thelonious Monk, as well as Alice ColtraneStan GetzWoody HermanEddie “Lockjaw” DavisAhmad JamalKenny Barron, and as member of the group Sphere. During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet.


Ben Riley was born in the state of Georgia and at the age of four moved with his family to New York City.[1] In high school he played in the school band, and after graduation he joined the army, where he was a paratrooper, and also played with the army band.[citation needed]

Upon leaving the army in 1954 he moved to New York, and in 1956 started playing jazz professionally. He played with such musicians as Randy WestonMary Lou WilliamsSonny RollinsWoody HermanStan GetzBilly Taylor, and Johnny Griffin. What made his name, however, were the four years spent playing, touring, and recording with the pianist Thelonious Monk.[citation needed]

Ben Riley died in West Islip, New York, aged 84.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • 1996: Weaver of Dreams (Joken) [3]
  • 2006: Memories of T (Concord) [3]
  • 2012: Grown Folks Music (Sunnyside) [3]

As sideman[edit]

Ben Riley at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA March 20, 1988. Trio with Kenny Barron, piano; Rufus Reid, bass

With Chet Baker

With Bill Barron

With Kenny Barron

With Ted Brown

With Ray Bryant

With Kenny Burrell

With Ron Carter

With Alice Coltrane

With Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

With Ricky Ford

With Red Garland

With Bennie Green

With Johnny Griffin

With Michael Franks

With Andrew Hill

With Sam Jones

With Junior Mance

With Ken McIntyre

With Thelonious Monk

With Sonny Rollins

With Sphere

With Horace Tapscott

With Roseanna Vitro


  1. Jump up^ “Ben Riley Biography”Drummerworld. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. Jump up^ West, Michael J. (November 18, 2017). “Ben Riley, a Jazz Drummer Who Made Accompaniment His Art, Has Died at 84”WBGO.
  3. Jump up to:a b c “Ben Riley Discography”AllMusicAll Media Network. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  4. Jump up^ “Michael Franks – Tiger in the Rain CD Album” Retrieved November 19, 2017.

External links[edit]


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