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At 24, Instrumentalist Jaylen K. Petinaud is thriving on the music scene as one of the most sought out drummers and composers in the entertainment industry. He is currently on tour with Herbie Hancock, Kenny Garrett and Theo Croker. His style and execution formulate an unleashed technique that uplifts soulful harmonies. His infusion of worldbeat rhythms into contemporary funk celebrates a revolutionary tune. Jaylen is versed in multiple genres such as jazz, gospel, pop, classical, hip-hop, and r&b but is ready to produce a brand of his own.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, the young talented drummer grew up playing in the church and followed the lead of many trailblazers. He graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 2016 and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies at SUNY Purchase College in 2020. He studied with jazz greats Jon Faddis, Kenny Washington, and Matt Wilson. As Jaylen transitioned into his career, he developed a forward-thinking signature. Mentored by Zane Mark, his guidance helped Jaylen navigate to a different plateau.While he’s no stranger to the Broadway scene, Jaylen made his official Broadway debut as an arranger and composer of the recent Tony-nominated revival, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuff” under the direction of Camille A. Brown. Along with his contribution, he has done extended work with her company, “Camille A. Brown & Dancers” doing residencies and workshops. Simultaneously, he worked on the new musical, “Black No More” starring Tariq Trotter, known as, Black Thought from hip hop group “The Roots”. In addition, he’s been working on pre-productions of “A Wonderful World” and Disney’s “Aida”. He frequently performs with Broadway stars Joshua Henry, Amber Iman, and Brandon Victor Dixon. From Broadway to Television, Jaylen played live on PBS network with Brandon Victor-Dixon & went back to his roots playing the drums in a church scene on the Season 4 premiere of “The Last O.G.” starring Tracy Morgan. Jaylen is currently working on “THE HARDER THEY COME” at The Public Theater in NYC.

Already with a long list of collaborations, he stepped into a different realm of entertainment with the opportunity to work with other musicians as an arranger and music contractor, for the Pyer Moss Couture Take 2 Fashion Show for fashion designer and Black innovator, Kirk Jean-Raymond in the Spring of 2021.

His passion and love for playing resonate in everything he does. Jaylen performed for vocalist and comedian Wayne Brady live on The View, Good Morning America, and Sirius XM Radio. He worked with Roc Nation artist, Nicole Bus, featuring on her newest album titled, “Nicole Bus Live in NYC”. He has toured and collaborated with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, producer Arden Keyz Altino, and CEO of Platinum Sounds Jerry Wonda. Just like any other performance, his talent manifested with a 20-piece orchestra directed by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson at Lincoln Center for Christopher Wallace, a.k.a., The Notorious B.I.G./Biggie Smalls 50th Birthday celebration hosted by Angie Martinez and DJ Clark Kent in Summer & Winter Season 2022. He played Drums and ran playback for both performances.

Jaylen also tours with Chicago-bred singer and producer KeiyaA & Grammy award winning NELLA ROJAS to name a few.  He is showing no signs of slowing down working with artists such as Common, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Madison McFerrin, Nella Rojas Benito Gonzalez, Trio, Masego, Boylife, Ray Angry, Bayli, Ana Tujix, Logan Richardson, Cisco Swank, Elijah Fox, and Kyle Abraham (Aim)  James Tillman , Chien Chien, Chris Rob, Yazarah, Jeffery Miller, & Richie goods. Jaylen currently serves as faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dance & SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance serving as an accompanist for Ballet, African, Horton and Graham classes. You can actively see Jaylen play with the Eric Wyatt Quartet  Saturday nights at Smalls jazz club .Stay tuned for the continuation of his gift of capturing the world through his love of music. He is a force to be reckoned with.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • TV/Film
  • Tours


  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • LA/Southern California

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Home Studio Whiz
  • Actor-Musician

My Primary Instrument


My Instruments

  • Drums
  • Percussion


  • Ableton
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • Sibelius


  • BMI


  • He/Him