Darrell Green is a master technician and prolific sideman, sharing stages with everyone from Blue Note vibraphonist Stefon Harris to saxophonist Red Holloway. Though jazz is his primary focus, Green is conversant in every genre from straight-ahead jazz to Latin and West African music.
Oakland-raised Green has been playing drums for as long as he can remember. At age 11 he matriculated in the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley and apprenticed under Kent Reed. During high school Green was a section leader in both the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Area Wind Symphony. Green attended the California Institute of the Arts where he majored in jazz studies with an emphasis on African percussion while continuing to gig in the Bay Area.
He then toured with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, formed a trio with guitarist Julian Lage and bassist David Ewell and, with the Dave Ellis Quintet, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He developed a style that’s rooted in modern post-bop, but retains elements of his gospel and classical lineage. As a soloist, Green became known for his bedrock groove and inexhaustible creativity.
In 2005 Green landed a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where he began a comprehensive study of jazz performance. Since then he began working with David Weiss, saxophonists JD Allen and Sherman Irby, and the Myron Waldon/Daron Barrett Quartet. He became a sought-after musician for both session work and live shows.
Green has toured with James Hurt, James Zollar, Brad Leali, Jesse Davis, and Stacy Dillard. Currently, he is touring with Pharoah Sanders, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sherman Irby, Steve Turre, Faye Carol, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and Jeremy Pelt.
He’s been an educator at the Jazz Museum of Harlem, The Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley, Jazz Camp West and the Stanford Jazz Camp.