Joel Taylor

Artist Teacher, Drum Set
Conservatory of Music


Diploma, Berklee College of Music

Areas of Expertise

Jazz Drums
Studio Recording
Jazz Theory
Ear Training
Small and Large Jazz Ensemble Playing


Since moving to Los Angeles in 1985, Joel Taylor has been in demand as one of the most versatile drummers currently in the L.A. studio and touring scene. He has performed and recorded with a diversity of artists that span the whole stylistic spectrum of the music world, such as Stanley Clarke, Allan Holdsworth, Al Dimeola, Frank Gambale, Andy Summers, Robben Ford, Colin Hay(Men at Work), Josh Groban, Micky Thomas (Starship), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Michael Buble’, Vesta Williams, Phil Perry, Bobby Caldwell, Joe Sample, Jeff Lorber, Herb Alpert, Brian Bromberg, Yanni and Freeflight. 

Joel is on the short list of drummers for legendary producers David Foster and Peter Wolf. He has performed on numerous film, tv, and video game soundtracks including Gran Torino, Anchorman, Witches of Waverly Place( The Movie), Hannah Montana, and Jonas Brothers. He is also featured on over 100 of the drum tracks for the award winning, multi-platinum, Guitar Hero II, III, Rock the 80’s and Rock Band video games. All featured drum tracks were recorded in Joel’s Jackalope studios in Altadena, CA. Joel has also recorded drums for hundreds of national jingles. He now records for musicians and producers from all over the world in his studio via the internet.

Born in Worland, Wyoming, in 1959, Joel started playing drums and trumpet at an early age, performing at Carnegie Hall when only 16 with the McDonald’s All American High School Band. 

Joel studied at Berklee College of Music (1979-1982) focusing his attention on the drums and recording engineering. Alan Dawson and Gary Chaffee were his private drum mentors during this period.

Courses Taught at Redlands

Applied Drum Set