drum prodigy, multi-instrumentalist, drummer for prince

Recognized as one of the greatest drummers of all time, Jacob was born with music and jazz in particular coursing through his veins. He began playing the drums professionally and captivating audiences at only 18 months. A performance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson at the age of seven, along with numerous other television appearances, won him international acclaim and led to his being signed by Prince to his record label, Paisley Park Enterprises/NPG Records, at the age of 10, releasing his first solo album Drum Fever on the label at age 12 and performing with the music icon on tour throughout Europe.

“Jacob, jazz professionals agree, is a genuine prodigy.” – People Magazine


Jacob Armen - Drum Workshop, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Latin Percussion

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Album Release Show - September 8th, 2018. Alex Theatre - Glendale, CA.

“God must have been in a good mood to create you… The most frightening drummer I have ever heard!” – Prince

Jacob’s artistry is not bound by genre or style. His versatility is on display in any configuration, whether he is playing with his band, Jacob Armen Band, or taking the stage as a solo act. Known for his signature 360º drum kit, Jacob also incorporates one of the national instruments of Iran, the santur, into his live sets. With the santur, an ancient classical instrument, he seamlessly introduces an exciting new element to traditional jazz audiences.

Jacob Armen performing on the ancient classical instrument - the santur.

Jacob’s musicianship and talent, then and now, are unparalleled. This September, he released his new double album When Drums Conduct, a unique blend of jazz, rock, world, and classical featuring collaborations with some of the industry’s finest, including multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning artists. Among the over 80 musicians on the album are System of a Down’s Daron Malakian, Latin Jazz legend Poncho Sanchez, bass virtuoso Victor Wooten, keyboard virtuoso Patrick Moraz of Yes and The Moody Blues, and master of the duduk Djivan Gasparyan, along with the Lark Choir and the USC Trojan Marching Band.


Excerpts from side 2 Jazz/classical


Albert Armen & Jacob Armen - Father and Son.

I dedicate this album to you, father. you showed me endless possibilities of rhythm in all aspects of life. i am who i am because of you. i will forever be your eyes.


Simply put, Jacob’s explosive talent must be experienced live. Each show is a celebration of rhythm, with drums as the main conduit through which he entertains and energizes audiences of all ages. From fans who have been following his career since he was a young child to those who see him perform for the first time, Jacob leaves audiences energized and enthralled, his caliber of showmanship inspiring new generations of musicians and music fans while delighting even the most frequent concertgoers.

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