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Oliver Jackson

There are some people who always sound like they’re competing for the title of “world’s noisiest drummer.” Not Oliver Jackson. He’s more inclined to draw you in with inventive, subtle playing than to force you back with bombast. Give Jackson…

by Chip Deffaa
Nov 5, 2018

Frankie Dunlop — Making It Swing

I first heard Frankie Dunlop’s drumming in the best way possible. When I was about 17years old, I was visiting a friend who had Two Hours Of Thelonious on the turntable. The drumming on that record went straight to my…

by Scott K. Fish
Sep 14, 2018

Alan Dawson

In the basement studio where Alan Dawson teaches, a concert poster shows Alan dressed in a tuxedo, looking stately on his throne, drumming with Dave Brubeck. Scrawled across the top is a note from Brubeck: “Alan—thanks for the great job…

by Jeff Potter
Aug 30, 2018

Jeff Hamilton

His early obsession with jazz might have been out of step with the rock ’n’ roll dreams of most kids his age. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly…

Story by Jeff Potter | Photos by Alex Solca
Mar 9, 2018

Rufus "Speedy" Jones

Jazz has often been called the true American classical music, finding its most immediate roots in the blues. Although the blues sang out against physical hardship and mental depression, its simple, haunting rhythms would most always convey a jubilance and…

by Robert Barnelle
Jan 18, 2018

In Memoriam - Cozy Cole 1909-1981

Drum great Cozy Cole died on January 29, 1981 at the University Hospital of Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Cozy ColeHe was born William Randolph Cole in East Orange, New Jersey in 1909. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN…

by Scott K. Fish
Mar 23, 2017

On The Clinic Trail With Roy Burns

After a lifetime of vast musical experience, Roy now devotes most of his time in the capacity of clinician for the Rogers Drum Company, a job which takes him to cities all across the country. He's very much in demand…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Alan Dawson – Chops And Brains Equal A Boston Master

Dawson hears of Roach's praise midway through a lesson with one of the 30 students he teaches each week in the studio of his rambling split-level home in the Boston suburb of Lexington. "That's real nice of Max", he says…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Les DeMerle Up Front

Les DeMerle enjoys spending his free time improving his art. Lately, he has found less spare time for such a venture. With a recently completed itinerary of clinics and his new book Jazz/Rock Fusion ready for release, DeMerle is busier…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Reflections on Gene Krupa

In 1939, I first met Gene. I started at the Hickory House in 1938. So Gene and I had been friends for over 30 years. I guess that everything that has been said about the man has been said before…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

January 2003 - Volume 27 • Number 1

Abe Laboriel Jr., Robby Ameen, Rashied Ali, Dave Weckl, Rick Allen, Kris Kohls, Jon Fishman, Ben Mize, Steve Houghton, Louie Appel, Alan White, Lionel Hampton, Ringo Starr, Travis Barker, Danny Carey, Nicko McBrain, Rocky Bryant TO READ THE FULL STORY:…

Modern Drummer
Jan 1, 2003

December 1988 - Volume 12 • Number 12

In this Issue: Chad Wackerman, Allan Schwartzberg, Lionel Hampton 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 Now All…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 1988