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   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



Notable venues & festivals:

Great American Music Hall (SF)
Yoshi's (Oakland & SF)
Jazz at Pearl's (SF)
Independent (SF)
Cafe du Nord (SF)
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (CA)
Knitting Factory (NY)
Living Room (NY)
Madison Square Garden (NY)
Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada)
Healdsburg Jazz Festival (CA)
High Sierra Music Festival (CA)
Bobolink Music Festival (CA)
Oregon Country Fair (OR)
IAJE Convention (NY)
Lake Mission Viejo Concerts (CA)
Concord Pavillion (CA)



Teaching/Workshops:

Stanford Jazz Workshop (CA)
California Jazz Conservatory JCMS (CA)
Sonoma State University (CA)
University of California, Berkeley (CA)
Cambridge Public School District (MA)



Select Discography:

(click on covers for album/artist information)

Schimscheimer Family Trio
Broken Home
2016
Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz
2015
Enjoyer
(self-titled)
2015

Alex Conde
Descarga for Monk
2015

Cabbages, Captain, & King
(self-titled)
2015

Steve Feierabend
Storyteller
2014

Schimscheimer Family Trio
Family Fun Time
2013

Suzanna Smith
Halfway Between Heaven & Love
2013

Nathan Clevenger Group
Observatory
2013

Ian Carey Quintet + 1
Roads & Codes
2013

Jabberclaw
(self-titled)
2012

Marie Schumacher
Island Set Aflame
2011

Ben Stolorow
Almost There
2011

Ian Carey Quintet
Contextualizin'
2010

Rachel Efron
4AM
2009

Matthew Charles Heulitt
Room To Run
2009
Albino!
Peralta House
2009

Adam Shulman
Patterns Of Change
2009

Albino!
Live With Karl Denson
2008

Adam Shulman
On Second Thought
2007

Ian Carey Quintet
Sink/Swim
2005

NoIs
(self-titled)
2005

Brian Drye & Matt Glassmeyer
Missle Ante
2000

Christopher Jentsch Trio
Media Event
1998