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

"Hike" debuts on Northern Spy Records

Big News! The first single from my forthcoming album The Weather Up There debuted last week on Northern Spy Records. Go stream “Hike,” on all the services!

Here’s some info:

Drummer and composer Jeremy Cunningham’s “Hike” is a psychedelic mood piece in three; heavily influenced by Brazilian percussion grooves, bossa nova, and one of his drum heroes, Chad Taylor. He wrote “Hike” while on a walk with daughter Penelope. “Penny was in her stroller enjoying the summer weather, and after a while I started thinking about how much my perception of time changed when my brother died. That’s the thing about loss: your life becomes fractured. I’ve tended to keep myself busy to avoid facing the tragedy of it all. And maybe that’s what this song is about: letting myself realize that my brother’s death is a part of my timeline, and I don’t have to break apart every time something reminds me of him. He certainly wouldn’t have wanted that.”


Written by Jeremy Cunningham
Arranged by Jeff Parker, Matt Ulery.

Josh Johnson: alto, Wurlitzer electric piano, Prophet 6 analog synth
Jeff Parker: electric guitar
Matt Ulery: electric bass guitar
Jeremy Cunningham: drums, percussion

Recorded by John McEntire at Shirk Studios in Chicago, IL
Mixed by Paul Bryan in Pacific Palisades, CA
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters in Los Angeles, CA

Resavoir's Debut album listed by NPR as "Best Albums Of 2019 (So Far)

“Resavoir is a diverse collective from Chicago, under the direction of trumpeter Will Miller (Whitney, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne). The band's debut is both accessible and deep in its musical sensibilities, a blend of neo soul-jazz and elegant instrumental hip-hop. The aesthetic here is ethereal and beautiful, warranting repeated listens. —Matt Fleeger, KMHD”

Resavoir: 10 Chicago performers you should see this summer- Chicago Tribune

This indie jazz upstart, led by Whitney’s Will Miller, will release its debut, self-titled album on acclaimed local label International Anthem. Once described as “Radiohead on a jazz trip,” Resavoir’s warm, lush sound is a perfect addition to the city’s ever-growing jazz scene. Miller’s background with sampling and loop experimentations served as the base for the music, which was later brought to the full band for a more fleshed-out sound. Featuring appearances from artists such as multi-instrumentalist Akenya, harpist Brandee Younger and Sen Morimoto, “Resavoir” is sure to appeal to music listeners young and old.

12 p.m. June 30, Logan Square Arts Festival, 3150 W. Logan Blvd. $5 suggested donation;

Resavoir in Chicago Reader

Trumpeter Will Miller is probably best known for playing in local indie-pop band Whitney, but he's also worked with Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, and Twin Peaks—and he writes material for a group of his own called Resavoir. Last week, Resavoir dropped the righteous two-song digital single Escalator via International Anthem, and it includes a mind-blowing live version of the title track recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere in June. Fans of Lonnie Liston Smith and Rotary Connection should dig Resavoir's humid soul-jazz vibe and irrepressible grooves! 

Resavoir on Stereogum

Resavoir is a Chicago-based jazz collective that performs songs written by the group’s producer and arranger, Will Miller. The Oberlin Conservatory-trained musician is best known for being a member of indie rock act Whitney. For this project, he enlisted nearly a dozen of his friends in the collective to help bring his arrangements to life. Today, they’re announcing their first full length LP sharing the title track called “Resavoir.” Yep, they’ve joined the storied ranks of bands with eponymous songs.

With so many moving parts, the track proves to be a truly collective effort. “Resavoir” is calmly funky, as the lush and sometimes overflowing instrumentation proves rife with synths and horns. Soft doo-wopping background vocals uplift the trumpeting, which gives the air a psychedelic inflection. A jangling drum section is a grounded by a growing yet eerily lurching bass line. The tension is only relieved by a saxophone surrounded by distant seagull caws. As the swirl of sounds winds down, the melody blossoms into a twinkling harp arrangement.

01 “Intro”
02 “Resavoir”
03 “Taking Flight” (Feat. Brandee Younger)
04 “Plantasy”
05 “Clouds”
06 “Woah”
07 “Illusion”
08 “Escalator” (Feat. Sen Morimoto)
09 “LML”

Resavoir is out 7/26 on International Anthem. Pre-order it here.

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!