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Ben Riley – Making History

FAME? Ben Riley doesn't ever recall having had the feeling of being

by Jeff Potter
Nov 8, 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

Art Blakey: The Mentor

We all know those iconic black-and-white images: Blakey at the kit, sweat beads on his forehead, a flash in the eyes, and that mouth agape—sometimes with the tongue flat out—in pure elation. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital…

by Jeff Potter
Mar 19, 2018

Paul Motian - Drawing From Tradition

Jazz modernist Paul Motian has had a varied career, from his days with the Bill Evans Trio to Arlo Guthrie. Motian asserts that to fully appreciate the art of drumming, one must study the great masters of the past and…

Story and photos by Scott Kevin Fish
Feb 23, 2017

ROY HAYNES: Jazz Legend Still Goin' Strong

A 'natural' drummer, Roy Haynes has played with an array of jazz artists throughout his career, including Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan and John Coltrane. Haynes reminisces about the artists he has played with and explains how he approaches…

by Scott Kevin Fish
Feb 23, 2017