Nashville/Brooklyn based. Performed and/or recorded with Snarky Puppy, Blue Man Group, Becca Stevens, Kaki King, Trevor Hall, Cody Belew (finalist on The Voice), Grace Kelly (The Tonight Show Band), Seamus Blake and many others.

-Been a member of the Becca Stevens Band for the last 10 years.

-Toured with Trevor Hall for several years.

-Recorded and toured with Kaki King.

-Have taught all over the world and authored two instructions books.

-In the NYC cast of Blue Man Group off and on for 9 years

-Member of pianist and composer Bobby Avey's projects for 12 years for those interested in jazz and modern improvised music.

-Loops and springboards available for purchase.

My approach: find the bottom line and make it groove as hard as possible. The space and electricity in between the notes is the beautiful part about music and rhythm to me.

Some fav drummers of mine are John Bonham, Matt Cameron, Jay Bellerose, Bill Stewart, Steve Jordan and Al Jackson, Jr.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Jordan Perlson:

  • Becca Stevens
  • Becca Stevens Band
  • Becca Stevens
  • Becca Stevens Band
  • Becca Stevens
  • Becca Stevens Band
  • Phil Woods
  • Grace Kelly
  • Howard Fishman
  • Howard Fishman
  • Becca Stevens Band
  • Becca Stevens
  • Becca Stevens Band
  • Becca Stevens
  • Becca Stevens Band
  • Becca Stevens
  • Matthias Lupri
  • Kaki King
  • Anna Rose
  • Anna Rose
  • Anna Rose
  • Howard Fishman
  • Anna Rose
  • Anna Rose
  • Anna Rose
  • Daniel Kelly
  • Ben Markley
  • Joel Harrison
  • East West Quintet
  • East West Quintet
  • East West Quintet
  • John Eichleay
  • John Eichleay
  • Grace Kelly
  • Cassorla
  • Joel Harrison
  • Joel Harrison
  • Joel Harrison
  • Joel Harrison
  • Kathy Zimmer
  • Gian Tornatore
  • Grace Kelly
  • Grace Kelly
  • Grace Kelly
  • Matthias Lupri
  • Matthias Lupri
  • Matthias Lupri
  • Matthias Lupri
  • Alon Nechushtan & Talat
  • Talat
  • Howard Fishman
  • Howard Fishman
  • Missy
  • Missy
  • Duncan Earl Walters
  • Matthias Lupri
  • Donnchadha
  • Echolyn
  • Echolyn
  • Bobby Avey
  • Annie Sharkey
  • Annie Sharkey
  • Annie Sharkey
  • Brenda Earle Stokes
  • Brent Canter

Gear highlights

  • Apogee Rosetta 800
  • API
  • Great River
  • Slingerland
  • Ludwig
  • Yamaha.

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

2-3 Revisions
1-5 day turnaround, depending on scheduling

Reviews of Jordan Perlson

  • Listing_thumb_dani_pics_2__3_of_6__ps3 months agoby Verified Review (Client)

    Jordan is a total pro. He has great ideas and communicates them clearly. Because of that, we were able to work really efficiently together. Any time Jordan needs topline for a project, I'd love to be the singer he calls!

  • Listing_thumb_img_24694 months agoby Verified Review

    Pro, efficient and easy going, Jordan provided high quality sound + groove and brought a obvious enhancement to my songs. Thank you man !

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Jordan is the man. We've hired him to play on several tracks, on drum kit, cajon, and percussion. He's easy to work with, and highly professional, and the quality of his recordings have always impressed our mix engineers. We intend to continue to working with him for future albums.

  • Listing_thumb_img_00993 months agoby

    I've worked with Jordan on a few projects for Becca Stevens Band. Beyond being one of the most versatile drummers I know, he plays with a chamber musician's sensitivity: his drumming not only grooves hard, but also responds in interesting ways to what the rest of the band is playing. He's easygoing and reliable, too.

  • Listing_thumb_dani_pics_2__3_of_6__ps4 months agoby

    Jordan is one of the best drummers I have ever heard or played with hands down. He plays with every ounce of his being and brings a special quality to every project he's a part of. Your project will be next level if you hire Jordan!

  • Listing_thumb_img_00854 months agoby

    If you are looking for a rock-solid, swinging drummer who will make your song sound better than you even realized it could, AND can track himself immaculately, then look no further than Jordan Perlson. Save your time and call Jordan. Protect the beat and use Jordan on your tracks.

  • Listing_thumb_resized_atlantix_final_black_and_white_7_of_235 months agoby

    I've recorded countless session drummers and Jordan is hands down one of the best and most professional I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Really awesome groove, overall sound, and most importantly a sense of taste. Definitely someone who will "lift" the project, and not just simply add drums/perc to it. A great asset to any record!!

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    Jordan is an incredible musical force. His world-class drumming is just the tip of the iceberg. When you work with Jordan, you're also getting his impeccable taste infused into your music. Making things feel and sound their best paired with a mindset that instantly makes your project stronger makes him a no-brainer to regularly work with. Book him!

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby

    I have played Brazilian music, Americana, jazz, and all manner of interesting, challenging singer/songwriter music with Jordan Perlson over the past 8 or 9 years. He never fails to deliver with the utmost professionalism, facility, and taste. His playing makes my forthcoming album sound ready for television. He is a guaranteed boost to any project.

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Interview with Jordan Perlson

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
3 records that have come out in the last year which I'm very proud are: Becca Stevens-Perfect Animal (drums, percussion, co-arranging) Anna Rose-Strays in the Cut (drums, percussion, co-arranging) Bobby Avey-Inhuman Wilderness (drums, percussion) 3 *very* different records of music. I've been a longtime member of all 3 bands (8-10 years) and am extremely proud of the current sound of all 3.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am preparing to begin work on a loop library, as well as an instructional site for drum set and percussion. Becca Stevens Band, a group I'm a long time member of, is gearing up to record our second record for Universal Classics.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Marc Plotkin
Analog or digital and why?
Digital out of convenience. Analog one day!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My priority is your satisfaction. I want to play on your music because I want it to be great, and I believe I can provide that. Any less and I wouldn't be here!
What do you like most about your job?
Interacting with musicians and composers from all over the word. That, and playing drums all day :)
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
-Do I really need to record the scratch to a click. Yes! -Will I get individual files for each mic or a stereo mix? Whatever you prefer, but I recommend the individual files for further mixing possibilities, even if all you want is a stereo mix to start.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People often assume I'll just play whatever I feel like playing. While relying on your provider's instincts is important, we also care about what you want. When I'm feeling inspired to make my own music, I make it. I'm here to play YOUR music. That includes playing it how you want it to be played!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Who are some artists, bands or drummers you like? Do you have any preferences in terms of sound (i.e. tight or open micing)? Is your music recorded to a click.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Doing a little research into what kind of drummer you yourself like goes a long way. While you may prefer artist A to artist B, you may realize you prefer the style or sound of artist B's drummer. The more specific you an be with a session musician regarding your preferences the more successful your session will be.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
U87, Bricasti M7, Manley Variable MU, something Neve, Ludwig Acrolite snare
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been playing drums since 1992. I went to college for music and have been recording in my home for 8 years. I started to become interested in recording when I was in college. I was fortunate to be called for lots of recording sessions and interacting with the Production majors and watching them work was fascinating. Once I was able to have my own space and afford some of my own gear, I immediately started experimenting and was fortunate enough to begin working for many producers around NYC.
How would you describe your style?
Equal parts John Bonham, Zigaboo Modeliste, Jay Bellrose and Bill Stewart...eclectic but deliberate and groovy.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
At the moment, Soundgarden is at the top of my dream list. They write such a range of music and it's all interesting to me. Hard, riffy rock. Chord based songs. All with deep regard for a strong drum part. So great!
Can you share one music production tip?
If you're drummer's sound is brash and bright, observe the volume at which he's playing the high hats. In most cases, drummers hitting the hats too hard are saturating their sound with the worst possible frequencies. Less high hat usually makes for a smoother, more even sound.
What type of music do you usually work on?
My comfortable range includes Singer/Songwriter, Rock, Jazz, R and B, Country, and Brazilian music and plenty more. If you're having trouble finding the right drummer for something unique or eclectic, let's talk!
What's your strongest skill?
Playing with great time but still grooving. I think we've all heard musicians who play with amazing sense of tempo but sound mechanical. Making music FEEL good is my business. That is my strongest skill.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring creativity and deep knowledge of the drum set. The endless study of my craft is my true passion. I love drums; how they sound, how they're played, how they fit into a song, how they fit into an album. I'm often complimented on my ability to uncannily play "just the right part." Of all of the compliments I've received, I take this one closest to heart. Creating and executing the part is key!
What's your typical work process?
After a client and I decide we're a good fit, we determine our terms and they send me their song along with any reference material they have. The client notes any specific requests (i.e. "ride in the choruses," "4 on the floor in the bridge") and I proceed with the initial takes. Based on our terms, the client will receive anywhere from 1-3 versions of the song from me. The client can choose which take they like best and I will, based on our agreed upon terms, record a number of retakes to the client's preference. Sometimes 1 retake is a part of our terms. Sometimes it's 3. After a satisfied take has been produced, I send you the stems and you authorize SoundBetter to release payment to me.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I record to Logic on a Mac Pro tower. -Interface Rosetta 800 -Mic Pre's (2) API 500c (2) Great River MP500-NV (4) Daking -Microphones (2) AKG 414 (2) KM-69 Beta 52 Yamaha Subkick (2) Shure SM57 (4) Sennheiser e604 Electrovoice RE50N
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
It's a very long list, but a short sampling: Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Aimee Mann, Jay Bellerose, T Bone Burnett, Joe Henry, Brendan O'Brian, Tchad Blake and much more!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Clients range from commercial composers/producers to songwriters and bands. They either send me demos for me to put drums to in order to build the masters off, or, they send me the final takes of everything except drums, so I'm the final piece. I have no preference which order I lay drums down to, as long as the parts I'm recording to are played clearly and in time.