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- Musician, educator, producer and published author Darren Ashford
- Me, Myself, and I
- I have been playing drums professionally since 1990. In that time I have performed with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), The Drifters (also as musical director), in various West-End musicals(Mam Mia/Joseph) and with pop artists such as The Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Will Young, Phats and Small, Sean Paul, Will Smith, Joss Stone, Lucie Silvas, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Shola Ama, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Guthrie, Romina Johnson, Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Roachford, Kelle LeRoc, Alex Holland, Me’sha Bryan, Omar, Roy Ayers and Larry Carlton.
More recently I have been touring with the D:REAM of ‘Things can only get better’ fame, the Dub Pistols and Laura and the Tears.
I am also an active member of The Drum Institute Faculty based at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in Kilburn, London. http://www.icmp.co.uk
Check out Darren’s new website http://www.drumlessonacademy.com launching very soon.
Also catch Darren’s column in Rhythm magazine entitled Beats wo
- I listen to all types of music, these are some of my favourite musicians: Mike Brecker, Tom Scott, Mike Manieri, Dean Parks, Vinnie Colaiuta, Carlos Vega, James Taylor, Buddy Rich, Kenny Clare, Harvey Mason, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, John Robinson, Bob Mintzer, Luther Vandross, Yogi Houghton, Ricky Lawson, Paul Jackson Jr., Micheal Landau, Don Grolnick, Jeff Porcaro, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Mel Lewis, Gene Krupa, Virgil Donati, Nathan East, Marcus Miller, Jojo Mayer, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Peter Gabriel, Phil Perry, Lenny White, Larry Carlton
- Happiest When
- Playing the drums and out in beautiful countryside, drinking in the fresh air!
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