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Stan Levey

Like most other young, searching musicians, Stan Levey became a dedicated disciple of the ideas of Gillespie and Parker.

by Burt Korall
Apr 4, 2019

John Von Ohlen

Since World War II, music lovers have been asking if big bands will ever come back. But big bands never really went away. Their ranks just thinned out—survival of the fittest. There was a time when the big band drummer…

by Scott K. Fish
Aug 22, 2018

Peter Erskine

If Peter Erskine isn't careful, he's going to start giving jazz, musicians a good name. I mean, we all know about the reputation jazz players have with the general public, right? TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access…

by Rick Mattingly
Nov 8, 2017

Shelly Manne

Many of the things that drummers take for granted today would never have come about if someone hadn't dared to try it first; if some pioneer hadn't crossed over into unexplored territory; if some drummer hadn't found a new way of propelling a band.

by David Levine
May 25, 2017

Ed Soph

"When I was four or five", remembers 30 year-old drummer Ed Soph, "I started taking piano, but I was also fooling around with the drums. I was lucky to have a supportive family; my father would put on his Dixieland…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Peter Erskine - A New Horizon

For those few who haven't heard. Erskine has indeed found a new home, playing with the jazz-rock quartet Weather Report. The group members include Josef Zawinul. keyboards: Wayne Shorter, saxophone and Jaco Pastorius, electric bass. TO READ THE FULL STORY:…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

What Do You Know About…Frank De Vito

His story—which includes work with some of the most iconic artists of all time—is a timeless lesson in providing exactly what’s needed, and being open to whatever fate sends your way. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017