Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

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.

His recent work has incorporated electronics into his music, using laptop-based processing to augment acoustic percussion sounds. Extensive use of these effects can be heard in the Schimscheimer Family Trio (longtime collaboration with Kasey Knudsen and Michael Coleman), as well as in a solo electro/acoustic context.
Upcoming Events:

Monday, February 25 2019 9:00 PM
Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Raffi Garabedian Quartet feat. Kenny Warren & Kasey Knudsen Trio  More...
Tuesday, February 26 2019 7:30 PM
California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series - Ian Carey Quintet+1 Plays "Fire In My Head" & More  More...
Friday, March 1 2019 8:00 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series #3: The Jordan Glenn Party with a solo set by guitarist Joel Nelson

A music composition/improvisation lab co-curated by Jordan Glenn and Lisa Mezzacappa
Every First Saturday (EXCEPT THIS ONE) at Temescal Art Center, Oakland  More...
CDs on which Jon Arkin appears:
Schimscheimer Family Trio Broken Home
Artist: Schimscheimer Family Trio
Title: Broken Home
Label: BAG Production Records
Label page on this site: BAG Production Records
BAG Production Records
Noertker's Moxie Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4162
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4162