“Understanding the musical objectives and supporting their path of discovery. Whichever styles are approached, I want each student to feel relaxed, confident and creatively inspired each time they play.”
Douglas Marriner is a jazz drummer, composer and educator currently based in New York City. A third generation musician, he was born in London and received musical guidance from both his grandfather Sir Neville Marriner (founder and conductor of the Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Amadeus),and his father Andrew Marriner, Principal Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Douglas’ interest in Jazz evolved from childhood. His early training was as a classical pianist, percussionist and choral singer at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music. He moved to New York City in 2010 and studied with Billy Hart, Nasheet Waits and Obed Calvaire. In 2013, he was offered a scholarship to study on Juilliard’s prestigious Jazz program, where he earned his Masters Degree in 2015 studying with Kenny Washington, Carl Allen, Billy Drummond and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.
As a performer, Douglas has performed with artists such as Shai Maestro, Beka Gochiashvili, Doug Wamble, Vincent Herring, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks and Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Douglas is also a passionate educator. He was Director of Juilliard’s MAP Percussion Ensemble, in addition to teaching private percussion lessons and mentoring their orchestral musicians. He has also taught for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect program and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs and summer schools.
In addition to performing and teaching, Douglas is a regular contributor to BBC Radio, and enjoys interviewing many of his musical heroes, counting Wynton Marsalis and Andre Previn amongst his mentors.