Ask anyone who has ever experienced him play, he owns his music. Every sound, every moment of silence, has a purpose. The rhythm talks to you and the conversation between sound and emotion has always been the best recipe for good music, with Jennings you get both.
Jerome is a New York based drummer, composer, bandleader, sideman. His debut recording ‘The Beast’ was named one of the top 3 Jazz releases by NPR, received a 4 star rating in DownBeat Magazine, and nominated for the prestigious French ‘Grand Prix du disque’ award for Album Of The Year 2016. Jerome’s forthcoming recording ‘Solidarity’ will be released November 2019.
Jerome has always valued education, teaching and the pursuit of excellence. In 2004 he graduated from Rutgers University Mason Gross School for the performing arts. Later, the summer of 2007 Jerome earned a MM from the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan NY. He’s travelled the globe administering student and teacher workshops on various musical forms intrinsic to the American experience. Beginning fall 2017, Jerome has accepted the position as Resident Director of The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. Currently, Jerome is keeping extremely busy teaching, conducting clinics and educational youth out reach.
Jerome has a love and passion for history. In 2014, under the tutelage of historian, professor, disc jockey, producer Phil Schaap Jerome passed Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Swing University 301 course: The most comprehensive study of jazz from a nonperformance perspective, available. Jazz At Lincoln Center has Jerome Jennings on file as an accredited jazz scholar.
As always, Jerome has remained a pertinent performer. To date Jerome has/is performing/recording/touring with; Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, The Count Basie Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis ([email protected]), Christian McBride, Paula West, Ernestine Anderson, The Mingus Big Band, Mike Stern, Catherine Russell, Craig Handy, Davell Crawford, Henry Butler, Houston Person, Philip Bailey, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, Gerald Wilson, Tim Reis, Bernard Fowler, Benny Powell, Ronnie Mathews, Curtis Fuller, Valery Ponomarev, and many more.