Jim Payne

Jim Payne


Paiste Artist Since
September 1987

United States

Other Affiliations
Funky Drummer.com
Jim Payne Band


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„I chose Paiste because of the clean, clear sound of their rides and the sharp, crisp sound of their hi-hats, and I'm a hi-hat freak! They cut through in the Funk!“


Labeled the "Buddy Rich or Billy Cobham of funk drumming" by Jazz Times Magazine, Jim Payne has a long career as a drummer, educator, producer, and collaborator with the best musicians in jazz and funk. Currently, he is a member of the online faculty at Berklee College of Music where he teaches R&B/Funk drumming to students from the US and all over the world. An established teacher in New York City, Jim taught at Drummers Collective for ten years, gave classes at Drummers World and the Modern Drum Shop, was an adjunct faculty member of SUNY Purchase College, and substitute teacher at the Manhattan School of Music. Jim has been teaching both Funk and Jazz for many years. His School of Jazz is primarily a subscription course which costs $29.95/ month. Students work at their own pace and according to their own schedules and can cancel at any time. There is some one-on-one with Jim. Check the site for details, sample lesson, etc. Jim has performed with Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Slickaphonics, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and The Jim Payne Band, among many others. His performance venues have included major European and U.S. jazz and blues festivals, including Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and Paris Jazz Festival. At King Snake Records in Orlando, Florida, he spent 3 years as studio musician and producer, working with such stellar musicians as James Taylor, Edgar Winter and Lucky Peterson. Jim is the author of eight instructional and biographical books/DVDs: Give The Drummers Some: The Great Drummers of R&B, Funk & Soul (Face The Music Pubs.) Funk Drumming (Mel Bay Pubs.) Advanced Funk Drumming: A Progressive Approach to Modern Drum set Grooves (Face The Music Pubs.) Drumming with the Mambo King (co-written with Tito Puente) (Face The Music Pubs.) Tito Puente: King of Latin Music (Hudson Music Pub.) Biography of Tito and the history of Afro-Cuban music. Drums from Day One (Mel Bay Pubs.) The Complete Book of Funk Drumming (Mel Bay Pubs.) 100 Famous Funk Beats (Mel Bay Pubs.) Jim Payne’s producer credits include: Medeski Martin & Wood (It's A Jungle In Here, and Friday Afternoon In The Universe) The J.B. Horns (The J.B. Horns: Pee Wee, Fred & Maceo, and Funky Good Time, Live In Tokyo) Mike Clark and Paul Jackson (The Funk Stops Here) Featuring Kenny Garrett and Jeff Pittson Jim Payne’s NY Funk featuring Ray Anderson, Mike Clark, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Jim Payne. Pee Wee Ellis (Blues Mission) John Medeski/David Fiuczynski (Lunar Crush) Jim Payne Band (Sensei, Energie, and Yes!) A well-known clinician at the annual PASIC International Percussion Convention, Jim has also given many clinics at colleges, universities and drum stores. He is a member of the Modern Drummer Education Team and is a regular contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine, offering insight on the R&B grooves of Bernard Purdie, Clyde Stubblefield and many others. He endorses DW Drums, Al Peterson snare drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo drum heads, and Vater sticks.