Darren Ashford is a professional drummer, educator, producer and published author.
Darren Ashford has been playing drums professionally since 1991. In that time he has performed with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), The Drifters (also as musical director), in various West-End musicals (Mama Mia/Joseph) and with pop artists such as The Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Will Young, Phats and Small, Sean Paul, Will Smith, Joss Stone, Lucie Silvas, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Shola Ama, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Guthrie, Romina Johnson, Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Roachford, Kelle LeRoc, Alex Holland, Me’sha Bryan, Omar, Roy Ayers, Maxi Priest, Carleen Anderson, London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC), Larry Carlton and Mattias ‘IA’ Eklundh.
More recently Darren Ashford has been touring with the D:REAM of ‘Things can only get better’ fame, the Dub Pistols and Laura and the Tears.
Darren Ashford’s previous teachers were some of the UK’s best: Bob Armstrong, Dave Hassel and Neal Wilkinson.
Darren Ashford teaches at all levels; from beginners to the more advanced in a soundproof studio on real drums covering various topics.
Darren Ashford is also an active member of The Drum Institute Faculty based at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in Kilburn, London.
Also catch Darren Ashford’s column in Rhythm magazine entitled Beats working.
Recently Darren has teamed up with bassist Dave Marks to form Rhythm Matters, offering masterclasses.