Jeremy Cunningham

Jeremy Cunningham is a drummer, composer, and improviser living in Chicago, IL.  He plays drums.  Jazz, Music, Drum, Drummer.  Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Josh Johnson, Dave Miller.  Constellation, Andy's, Jazz Showcase.  Caroline Davis.  Uncanned Music

Rempis/Cunningham Preview in the Chicago Reader!

“One of the jazz world’s less fortunate elements is the antipathy that often arises between its mainstream and progressive wings. The straight-ahead crowd decries radicals for going too far and losing the essentials of the music; avant-gardists disparage the stodginess of orthodox practitioners—and neither acknowledges the commonalities between the camps. This residency is an antidote.”-Bill Meyer

photo by Cengiz Yar

Winter Jazz Fest

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to perform at the Winter Jazz Festival in NYC on Jan. 12th. We will be performing music from my forthcoming album, The Weather Up There.

Jeff Parker gtr

Dustin Laurenzi tenor

Mike King piano

Paul Bryan bass

Jeremy Cunningham

plus special guest Ben LaMar Gay

Best of Jazz 2016- Bird is the Worm

I'm honored to be included in this excellent list of jazz albums from last year.  If you haven't checked out Dave Sumner's blog, Bird is the Worm, go there and find a huge repository of beautiful music.  Thanks Dave!

Best of Jazz 2016-Jakob Baekgaard

Jakob Baekgaard included my debut album on his best of jazz list!  Im humbled, and very grateful.  Close friend Jeff Parker's excellent album, The New Breed, is on the list as well!


LA Times Honorable Mention

re;dawn (from far) garnered an honorable mention in the LA Times Best of Jazz 2016 List!  Im honored to say the least.  Jeff Parker, among others topped the list, and deservedly so.  Jeff's record, The New Breed, has been in constant rotation in my car's CD player.    

Here's the whole article:

A kind and thoughtful album review by Jakob Baekgaard

Jakob Baekgaard wrote a very kind review of re: dawn (from far) for All About Jazz.  He had this to say about the band:

"re: dawn (from far) is a strong debut from Cunningham and one can only hope that he will be able to keep this group together. They have something special going on. They play a type of modern jazz that is both emotional and intellectual, traditional and modern. In the hands of these musicians, the future of jazz is safe and sound."

Read the full review here.

Howard Reich Preview

Local jazz critic and journalist, Howard Reich, had this to say as a preview of my shows at Andy's Jazz Club last weekend:

"Cunningham has proved himself a nimble and versatile figure in a variety of mainstream and cutting-edge jazz ensembles, the Chicago drummer perhaps best known for his collaborations with trumpeter Marquis Hill. But Cunningham also has been forging a musical identity of his own, having recently made his debut as bandleader with "Re: Dawn (From Far)," in which he collaborates with saxophonist Josh Johnson, guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Matt Ulery. This engagement amounts to a celebration of that release."

Album Release Show

Im very happy to announce that my band will be playing two sets at the famed Hungry Brain on June 19th in Chicago.  We will perform most of the songs on the record with a few new songs from myself and various members of the band.  Dustin Laurenzi will be joining us a special guest throughout the night, and Matt Gold will be filling in for Jeff on guitar.  Come celebrate with us!