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Greyson Nekrutman Plays “Caravan”

Greyson Nekrutman  /  UPDATED Aug 19, 2022

Greyson Nekrutman is a teen drumming phenom who has so much passion and energy, he’s impossible to ignore. He admires the great drumming legends and he’s covered a ton of classic jazz and big band tunes over the past few years.

“That’s cool and all, but can you play ‘Caravan’?”

The movie Whiplash came out in 2014, and it reminded the rest of the world how awesome drumming is. It featured the song “Caravan” (Juan Tizol/Duke Ellington), which became a recurring piece for the protagonist.

Of course, whenever a song enters pop culture, people start requesting that song. And as a drummer – especially as a jazz drummer – you bet Greyson has been asked to play it. It’s like asking a metal guitarist to shred the solo from Dragonforce’s “Through The Fire And Flames“.

In the video above, Greyson nails the song and goes into an extended drum solo with killer technique and dynamics, blazing fast hands, and confidence.

(P.S. Have you seen Greyson’s tips for nailing Buddy Rich licks?)

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Greyson Nekrutman has earned accolades by the National Association for Music as one of the top-performing high school jazz musicians in the United States, and has been turning the heads of some of the world's biggest drum gear manufacturers like Vic Firth, Meinl and Pearl. Greyson is slowly but surely becoming a household name because of his incredible musicianship and social media presence, as well as work developed with Bakithi Kumalo and performances in various New York venues.

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