Rajiv Jayaweera
was born in London, grew up in Melbourne, Australia, is of Sri Lankan heritage
and has lived in New York for the past eight years. He completed his Bachelor of
Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000 and Masters in Jazz Studies
at SUNY Purchase, New York in 2011.

In Australia he was a highly sought after drummer, touring and recording with the country’s finest musicians and ensembles including The Joe Chindamo, The Bennett’s Lane Big Band, Sam Anning’s Quintet, Bopstretch and The Australian Art Orchestra’s Crossing Roper Bar Project.

Since moving to New York, he has performed at nearly all of the legendary jazz clubs: Smalls, Blue Note, Bar Next Door, Dizzy's, Birdland etc. He has been awarded grants from The Australia Council for the Arts, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The American-Australian Foundation, and was a finalist for the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship, performing at the Sydney Opera House in 2013.

He has toured extensively around the world, performing at Jazz at Lincoln Centre, Doha, The Cotton Club, Tokyo, The London Jazz Festival and around Europe. His own quintet was featured as artists in residence at the Thailand International Jazz Conference 2020, where they were also one of the headline acts of the festival.

This year, he will release his debut album made up of his original compositions entitled Pistils. The album features Chris Cheek, Aaron Parks, Lara Bello, Hugh Stuckey and Lara Bello and will be released on Outside In Music (USA) and Earshift Music (Australia).