By drumprivilege


 Styles: World, Jazz, Fusion


Jean-Pierre Dalmassay has been fascinated by Jazz and musical improvisation for a very long time

He studied drums with different professors as José Baron, Ken Dellage, Peter Erskine, Billy Hart, M. Brecker, Herbie Hancock, T. Gurtu, C. Coréa, Denis Chambers,…


First, to keep learning, he travelled around Africa to improve his style, “Tribal Rhythm”.

Then he went to Cuba and met Maria Marguarita Ponce (Higher Studies in the Academy of Havana), professor of El Negro Hernandez, and played with Enrike Pla, Irakere’s drummer.

He visited Louisiana to go back to the origins of Jazz, and Asia to understand the sense of detail and learn how to always be closer to perfection.

In 2005, he also travelled around South America, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela,…


Jean-Pierre explores Drums’ Universe : Latin, Jazz, Fusion.

He is considered as a researcher, a drum’s innovator.

Thanks to his qualities as a musician, he makes people travel all over the world.

With sensitivity, emotion, virtuosity and independence from standards but always serving music, Jean-Pierre succeeded in developing his own style.

Jean-Pierre has a great talent for improvisation which permitted him to take parts in a lot of Masterclasses with several different musicians as Enrike Pla, Denis Chambers, André Ceccarelli, Russ Miller, Félix Sabal Leco, Dom Famularo, Loïc Pontieux, Julio Figueroa, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Marc Mondésir, Simon Philips, Gary Novak, Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Mike Terrana, Carmine Appice, Will Calhoun, Cindy Blackman, Virgil Donati,…

In 2003, Jean Pierre has been invited to a show and a Masterclass in one of the most famous percussion festival in Havana, “PERCUBA”.

Jean-Pierre also performed in several drum shows:

From 2006 to 2010:

  • with Walfredo Reyes Jr, Mike Terrana and Will Calhoun ;

  • “TAM TAM”(a drum festival in Montluçon – France) with Carmin Appice and Cindy Blackman
  • Pearl Europe Tour with Virgil Donati. (2009)


  • Drum Privilege Tour with Mike Terrana ;
  • demonstration during Peter Erskine’s night (International Training Course in Phil Legare’s school)


  • “TAM TAM” (drum festival in Montluçon – France) with Billy Cobham, Dom Famularo, Garry Harrison
        Drum Show with George Kollias,Dave Lombardo,Anika Niles,Dirk Brand


Jean Pierre has also worked in studio and has recorded several CDs, commercials and videos.

Since 2001, Jean Pierre is a part of the AGATHA project with Jeff Gardner,an international pianist who has played with E. Gomez, G. Peacock, Pat Metheny,…

AGATHA can be considered as an ever-changing band.

Three CDs have already been recorded:

2003: “le Rêve de la Forêt” (“A Forrest’s Dream) with Tzar Paanphum as bass guitar player (a Thaï musician who played with Steve Gadd)

2005: “Everyday Miracles” with Dominique Di Piazza as bass guitar player (he played with John Mclaughlin, Denis Chambers, El Negro Hernandez,…)

2008: “Behind the Door” with Marc Ben Hamou, piano, and Marc Peillon, double-bass

Thanks tohard work, experience and recordings with all these great musicians, Jean Pierre became a drummer who cannot be ignored in Europe.


A new album and music for a film, under AGATHA LABEL, ANDAURA with Jean-Claude Selig, master in guitar, and Natché (Alain Giubergia), specialist for Latin music.


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