Lecturer, Drums *
Darren Beckett teaches Drums at BIMM Institute Brighton. He won a prestigious Bass Ireland Award as a teenager, leaving the emerald isle to study jazz in New York, where he resided for 21 years. Across his career, he has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London.
He's performed on over 50 albums recording with notable names like Brandon Flowers, Daniel Lanois, Madeleine Peyroux, Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler. He has also worked with Lauryn Hill, Mercury Rev, Amen Dunes, Shane McGowan, and Sinead O'Conner.
He's Played festivals all over the world from Austin City Limits to Glastonbury to NH7 in India. His current main touring gigs today are with Brandon Flowers and American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, Brooklyn band Amen Dunes, Mercury Rev and his own band Ambulance LTD.
Darren co-wrote the lead single ‘Can't Deny My Love’ on Brandon Flowers’number one
charting second solo album, 'The Desired Effect'. He is endorsed by Canopus drums, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth Drum sticks, Aquarian Drum heads, Protection Racket Drum cases, and Reflexx pads.
Since moving to the UK in 2016 he's been a regular on the London jazz scene playing Ronnie Scott's and the 606 club, playing with Jason Rebello, Gilad Atzmon, Jim Mullen and Alan Barnes. He's active on the studio scene in London and Dublin.* Freelance lecturer