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About the Trainer

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JJ Wheeler

JJ Wheeler is a UK-based drummer, composer, examiner and educator whose work has recently included tours across 5-continents playing world-renowned venues, Radio and TV shows with various artists.

JJ performs regularly around London, the UK and abroad with many artists and bands alongside having a strong reputation as a reliable ‘deputyfor most genres and contexts due to a wide stylistic knowledge, expert sight-reading skills and ability to improvise. Recent tours have seen him work in five different continents as well as appearances at venues including Wembley Stadium, The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome and Pizza Express Jazz Club (London), international festivals including London Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival (Norway), World Jazz Day (Tunisia) and many UK festivals. He has appeared on recordings and live broadcasts played on BBC Radio 3, Radio 2 plus prime-time BBC 1, ITV, and MTV (UK, Europe and USA) television networks.

Specialising in Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk and Soul, JJ started playing drums at the age of 8, inspired by local session drummer, teacher and now close friend Mark Claydon (Liberty-X, The Getup, Gizelle Smith, Rhoda Dakar). Taking every opportunity to perform in all manner of contexts from Symphony Orchestras to Prog-Rock bands and musical theatre to church worship groups a wide range of experience was quickly gained, picking up many ‘musician of the yearand similar awards along the way.  [FULL BIOG]



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