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In Memoriam

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Charli Persip1929–2020

In hindsight, Charli Persip uttered perhaps the most unintentionally comical two words of his life when landing the biggest connection of his drumming career. In 1953, the upcoming drummer was playing in the house band at the Piccadilly nightclub in…

Modern Drummer
Jan 5, 2021

Khari Parker (1974–2020)

Drummer Khari Parker passed away on June 27. He was forty-six. Widely respected for his diverse musical skills and top-flight professionalism, Parker was a first-call player for many of the top bandleaders and producers in Chicago and throughout the country.…

Modern Drummer
Nov 1, 2020

Jimmy Cobb 1929–2020

“It just sounded good,” Jimmy Cobb told MD in a 1979 interview. “And it just seemed to get better as it got older.” This is a colossal understatement. The “good” album the humble drummer is referring to is Kind of…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2020

Bill Rieflin (1960–2020)

Bill Rieflin did more than just adapt his drumming skills to fit musical settings as vastly different as the Revolting Cocks and Robyn Hitchcock. He used those skills to make significant contributions live and in the studio to three incredibly…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2020

Sean Reinert (1971–2020)

To those in the know, Sean Reinert was one of the most astounding heavy-rock drummers of all time, with timeless albums by Cynic and Death providing more supporting evidence than one would ever need. But from very early on, he…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

Robin Tolleson

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by Bob Girouard
Dec 27, 2019

Harvey Vogel

“There’s no question that Harvey Vogel changed the way the consumer viewed retail percussion.”

by Lauren Vogel Weiss
Oct 29, 2019

Nashville Great Jerry Carrigan

A country legend remembered.

Patrick Berkery
Sep 30, 2019

Pantera's Vinnie Paul, Elvis Presley's D.J. Fontana, Richard Swift

Remembering Pantera's Vinnie Paul, Elvis Presley's D.J. Fontana, and Richard Swift... TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues) 40+ Drum Channel Subscribe…

Modern Drummer
Oct 30, 2018

Jon Hiseman & Gene Stone

“When people ask me what I play, the usual answer is ‘the drums’ because that is the instrument, but what I would like to say is, ‘I play the band.’ That is what I’m interested in.” So said Jon Hiseman,…

by Martin Patmos
Sep 28, 2018

John “Jabo” Starks: 1938-2018

“He had that ‘stop-your-heart’ groove.” That’s how Fred Wesley, former bandleader for the “Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, describes the drumming of John Starks, who died this past May 1 at the age of seventy-nine. And the description is apt.…

by Jim Payne
Aug 29, 2018

Kenny Clare and Kenny Clarke

Kenny Clare British drummer Kenny Clare died on January 11 at the Westminster Hospital in London, at the age of 55. Kenny had been hospitalized for eight weeks and had several operations for the removal of cancer from the esophagus.…

Modern Drummer
Aug 24, 2018

Roy Burns: 1935-2018

Teacher, Mentor, Advocate, Helper

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2018

Charlie “Chalo” Quintana: 1962-2018

The versatile L.A. drummer left a huge impression on musicians and fans alike.

by Patrick Berkery
Jun 27, 2018