"Sunny Jain is the Hendrix of dhol."
– Manchester Salon (UK)

A product of the evolving tastes and worldviews of a globalized generation, Sunny Jain has proven to be a trailblazer. He founded and plays dhol in the band, Red Baraat, one of the most successful Indian-American bands in North America with performances at the White House, TED Talks, London Paralympics Closing Ceremony, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Austin City Limits and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD festivals. The band was named "Favorite Live Shows of 2011" by NPR and the band’s 2012 release, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts. 

"Jain's compositions are unique and stake out singular turf in this 21st Century world of cross-pollinating musical traditions."
Signal to Noise

In the summer of 2014, Jain was commissioned by NPR Music to write a composition for a capstone event on Make Music New York day. Phillip Glass was asked the previous year to do the same. Over 350 musicians, including drumlines of the New York Jets and Knicks, prominent brass bands from NYC and talented high school band students, arrived on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library to premiere Jain’s composition “100+ BPM.” In past years, Jain has been a recipient of composition and performance grants from the Aaron Copland Music Fund, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, globalFEST and received the Arts International Award in both 2005 and 2003. In 2010, Jain’s song, Chaal Baby, was featured for 6 months in the hit FX show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Sunny Jain is at the tip of the cultural spear.

He has been an invited participant at the White House's AAPI event in 2012, and has also spoken at Harvard University, New York University, Chamber Music America and New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas. Sunny has been featured and profiled in the Wall Street Journal, on NPR's Weekend Edition and BBC’s World on 3, in the India Times, and in countless other recognized media outlets across the globe. He’s the author of 2 instructional drum books for Alfred Publishing (The Total Jazz Drummer and Drum Atlas: India). Jain’s goal in music has always focused on innovation, improvisation and community. “Taking risks is necessary as an artist in order to hit upon new ways of understanding and relating to the world. We are storytellers reflecting in our art the society we live in, and we are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, regardless of any differences, then life is that much sweeter. Unity through diversity.”

"Rising Star Percussionist."
– Downbeat Critics Poll (2012-2016)

Sunny Jain first made a name for himself as a rising star in the jazz world – awarded the designation of Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State and the Kennedy Center, and appearing regularly in Downbeat magazine critics polls as he helmed his own bands and also worked with Norah Jones, Kenny Wollesen, and Kyle Eastwood. For several years, he traveled the world as a kit drummer and dhol player with the Sufi rock band, Junoon – the biggest rock band to emerge from South Asia. In 2011, Junoon recorded the single "Open Your Eyes," featuring Peter Gabriel, to raise awareness and funds for Pakistani flood victims. In 2010, Junoon delivered a Concert for Pakistan at the United Nations in NYC, for the displaced refugees in the Swat Valley. The band closed out 2007 with a milestone performance at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, playing for Nobel Laureates Al Gore and Rajendra Paucharia.

Jain played dhol/percussion in the first ever Indian Broadway show, Bombay Dreams (2004) and made his Hollywood debut playing dhol in the movie, Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman and Colin Firth. 

Jain has performed or recorded with Kiran Ahluwalia, Asphalt Orchestra, Joey Baron, Kenny Barron, Marc Cary, Samir Chatterjee, DJ Rekha, Kyle Eastwood, Peter Gabriel, Grupo Fantasma, Vijay Iyer, Norah Jones, Junoon, Karsh Kale, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Pedrito Martinez, Donny McCaslin, Ozomotli, Q-Tip, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Soul Rebels, Himanshu Suri (Das Racist), Martha Wainwright, Kenny Wollesen, and many others. 

Sunny Jain Albums
Bhangra Pirates – Red Baraat (Rhyme & Reason Records 2017)
Parallel – Tongues in Trees (Sinj Records 2015)
Big Talk – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2013)
Shruggy Ji – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2013)
Bootleg Bhangra – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2011)
Chaal Baby – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2010)
Taboo – Sunny Jain (BJUR/Sinj Records 2010)
Avaaz – Sunny Jain Collective (Sinj Records 2006)
Mango Festival – Sunny Jain Collective (ZoHo Music 2004)
As Is – Sunny Jain Collective (NCM East 2002)