Jon Arkin

  Jon Arkin

Originally from the Boston area, Jon Arkin began his studies of music and percussion at an early age.  His experiences playing in local groups led him to the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied drum set performance and composition, and won several awards for his participation in the school’s top jazz combos.  After earning his degree in 1998, he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition to leading his own groups, he has been busy as an in-demand freelance musician with many notable local, national and international artists.  Spanning three decades, his list of recording credits includes dozens of albums and guest appearances in a wide variety of genres, as he maintains an active recording schedule as a studio musician.  He has also established himself as a noted educator, teaching unique classes, workshops, clinics and lessons to students in the Bay Area and elsewhere, and is a frequent faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazzschool in Berkeley.

His drumming style has been sought out as much for his versatility as for his uniqueness.  A believer in the power of listening, grooving, dynamic balance, and attunement, his collaborators attest to his ability to suit the music of the moment.

Some of the folks with whom he has performed and/or recorded:


Albino! ,Michelle Amador,Wil Blades,Kenny Brooks,Matt Butler
Ian Carey,Bill Champlin,Alex Conde,Eric Crystal,Spencer Day
Jeff Denson,
Karl Denson,Terry Disley,Rachel Efron,Taylor Eigsti
Oran Etkin,
Jon Evans,Barry Finnerty,Jesse Foster,Joe Gilman
Ben Goldberg,Meklit Hadero,Paul Hanson,
Fareed Haque,Steve Heckman
Matthew Charles Heulitt,Friday Jumbo,Kasey Knudsen,Lee Konitz
Julian Lage,Heather Lauren,Mark Levine,Vusi Mahlasela,Mitch Marcus
Frank Martin,Jeff Massanari,Justin Morell,Gene Perla,Randy Porter
Lee Presson,Realistic,Barry Ries,Jorge Santana,John Santos,Adam Shulman
Alex Skolnick,Dayna Stephens,Stew & the Negro Problem,Ira Sullivan
Grady Tate,Leonard Thompson,Cuong Vu,Harvey Wainapel,Vince Wallace
Joshua White
,Mike Zilber