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October 2017
October 2017
Features

50 Crucial Jazz Drumming Recordings

A hundred years. It’s a wonder to think that’s how long people have holed themselves away with their Victrolas, hi-fis, iPods, and Google Homes, listening intently to the wondrous music that four generations’ worth of jazz drummers have gifted humankind.…

50 Crucial Jazz Drumming Recordings
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Antonio Sanchez Soars Beyond Birdman

Antonio Sanchez knows the key to being a successful jazz drummer in this unpredictable decade: Always keep evolving. To stay ahead of the game—both artistically and business-wise—the indefatigable artist embraces a whirlwind schedule and wholeheartedly welcomes a challenge. In addition…

Story by Jeff Potter | Photos by Paul La Raia
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Buddy Rich: A Timeline

No player in history could so confidently—and inarguably—wear the title of “the world’s greatest drummer.” Buddy Rich was simply a phenomenon, astounding vaudeville audiences in the late 1910s and early ’20s, well before most children began their conventional schooling. Indeed,…

Buddy Rich: A Timeline
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Video Interview with Buddy Rich Writer and Arranger John LaBarbera!

John LaBarbera is a Grammy-nominated composer and arranger whose works have been recorded and performed for nearly fifty years by many of the top artists of jazz, including Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Bill Watrous, Phil Woods,…

Video and Text by Miguel Monroy
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News

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Jay Weinberg Undergoes Hip and Femur Surgeries Following Firing from Slipknot

Drummer Jay Weinberg revealed on Sunday (November 19th) that he underwent surgery on both his hip and femur this past Tuesday (November 14th). The stickman insisted that the medical procedures were long planned, and not related to his firing from…

Consequence
Nov 20, 2023

George Brown, Kool & the Gang Drummer, Dead at 74

George “Funky” Brown, a founding member and longtime drummer of Kool & the Gang, has died at the age of 74. A representative for Kool & the Gang issued a statement to TMZ saying, “George Brown died November 16, 2023 in…

Consequence
Nov 17, 2023

Los Angeles: Out Now - A Futuristic Drumming Collaboration by Lol Tolhurst, Budgie, and Jacknife Lee

An album that’s been in the works for over three years, finally sees the light of day today, and we here at Modern Drummer couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally out.  It’s not often two iconic post punk drumming…

Modern Drummer
Nov 3, 2023

Drum Workshop Introduces DW Soundworks™ Virtual Drums Plugin

New Software Includes Authentic Library Of DW, Gretsch, and Slingerland Drum Sounds   OXNARD, CA (November 1st, 2023) – Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW), a global leader in the design and manufacturing of acoustic drums, is proud to announce the launch…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2023
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Videos

Rig rundowns, play-throughs, interviews, and more featuring your favorite drummers

Pat Steward - Bryan Adams - Tour Kit Rundown

Pat Steward - Bryan Adams - Tour Kit Rundown

When Bryan Adams came through South Florida, Modern Drummer met up with drummer and MD November 2023 Cover artist, Pat Steward for a rundown of the drums he uses on the So Happy It Hurts Tour. Pat Steward's rundown here:…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2023
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Gear

Detailed assessments of the latest drum kits and accessories

1928 Ludwig Rialto and 1933 Ludwig Pioneer Trap Kits

1928 Ludwig Rialto and 1933 Ludwig Pioneer Trap Kits

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Tim Northup
Nov 1, 2023
Drum Workshop’s New Hybrid Purple Core Shells, Serious Low-End with Serious Durability

Drum Workshop’s New Hybrid Purple Core Shells, Serious Low-End with Serious Durability

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By Brian Hil
Nov 1, 2023
Cymbal Swap: Try Cymbals Before You Buy

Cymbal Swap: Try Cymbals Before You Buy

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By Jason Mehler
Nov 1, 2023
New and Notable

New and Notable

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Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2023
Rick Allen’s Def Leppard Collection

Rick Allen’s Def Leppard Collection

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By Donn Bennett
Oct 1, 2023
ddrum SE Flyer Pitstop 4 Piece Shell Pack, Vintage Sparkle, Vintage vibes in a small footprint

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By Jason Mehler
Oct 1, 2023
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Podcasts

Host John DeChristopher goes in-depth with the biggest names in drumming

This Week's Episode!

Episode 140: My Top 10 most influential albums with Mark Guiliana

From the archives, My Top 10 with Mark Guiliana, Grammy-nominated American drummer, composer and leader of the band Beat Music. Mark G walks us thru his Top 10 most influential albums.

Modern Drummer
Sep 14, 2023

Episode 139: My Top 10 Solo Drum Albums with Glenn Kotche

From the archive, Glenn walks us thru his Top 10 favorite solo Drum & Percussion albums.

Modern Drummer
Sep 7, 2023

Episode 138: My Top 10 Drum Tracks

Oft-Overlooked Drum Tracks With Styx’s Todd Sucherman

Modern Drummer
Aug 31, 2023

Episode 137: David Frangioni With Benny Greb

From the archives, Thrill to "The Art of Groove" with Benny Greb with Host David Frangioni

Modern Drummer
Aug 24, 2023
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Hall of Fame

A look back at the legendary drummers elected to Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame

Keith Moon Elected to Hall of Fame in 1982

Excerpted from the September 2003 issue In his last interview, published posthumously in October 1978, Keith told International Musician and Recording World, “You can’t work out things too much. We do certain build-ups and things, but you can run into…

Story by T. Bruce Wittet
Jan 10, 2022

John Bonham Elected to Hall of Fame in 1981

Excerpted from the John Bonham tribute issue, July 1984 John Bonham played, for the most part, a very simple drumkit, consisting of a 14x26 bass drum, a 12x15 small tom—at first mounted on a snare stand and later on the…

Story by T. Bruce Wittet
Jan 10, 2022

Buddy Rich Elected to Hall of Fame in 1980

Excerpted from the January 1977 issue When it comes to interviewing Buddy, one must learn to expect the unexpected. You can end up with a first rate story, or no story at all. He’s a very intense human being, with…

Story by Jim Warchol
Jan 10, 2022

Gene Krupa Elected to Hall of Fame in 1979

Excerpted from the October/November 1979 issue “I’m happy that I succeeded in doing two things: I made the drummer a high­priced guy, and I was able to draw more people to jazz.” The above quote of drum master Gene Krupa…

Story by Karen Larcombe
Jan 10, 2022
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