Greg Hutchinson

Diane Reeves/Herbie Hancock

Greg Hutchinson

Born June 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, Greg Hutchinson grew up on a rich diet of ´70s soul which is undoubtedly the source of that ‘homeboy fire’ he blends into his swing. He was musically inspired early by both of his parents – his percussionist father recruited a young Greg into a reggae band he led called the Triadics, and from his mother, Greg inherited a vast record collection which had been in her family for at least two generations. Listening to artists that span jazz, soul and funk, Hutchinson developed his conception early. “Among my primary influences is ‘Philly’ Joe Jones,” he admits, “because he’s a streetwise cat who incorporated all the elements of his life into his music. He was very, very slick. Another inspiration is Charlie Parker,” Hutchinson continues,” I want to sing on the drums the way he sings on his horn.”

His impressive CV includes such stellar artists including Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and Maria Schneider as well as many others. His time signatures and beat compositions have won him praise from the hip hop community as well leading him to work with powerhouses Common and Super producer Kareem Riggins. 

His experience and technique make him one of the most exciting musicians to watch and hear. He has the creative power to not only nurture but challenge the very art of drumming. Dianne Reeves describes him as “Pure Genius.” Gary Giddins described his drum work as “Elegant” and more “like dancing” while Joshua Redman describes him as “Inspired.”