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July 2021:
2021 Readers Poll Results

Celebrate Your Choices for the Extraordinary Drummers of the Past Year It’s that time again for the Modern Drummer staff to thank the community for making possible our annual Readers Poll. Your enthusiasm for all things drumming, your knowledge of drum culture, and your well-considered votes are what have steered …


March 2020:
New Releases by Chick Corea, Jeff Denson, Car Bomb, and More

RECORDINGS Chick Corea Trio Trilogy 2 Jeff Denson Between Two Worlds Two new releases feature a fiery and involved Brian Blade. Chick Corea formed and documented his incredible trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade several years ago, and now the group returns with Trilogy 2, a new …


June 2019:
June 2019 Cover
What’s Your Favorite ’90s Jazz Drumming Album?
June readers platform

We recently checked in with our readers and social media followers to find out which jazz records from the 1990s featured their favorite drumming performances. Here are some of the responses. Kenny Garrett’s album Songbook [1997] would be the one for me. This record has memorable original tunes by Garrett …



Posted: April 25, 2019

Bernard Fowler
Category: On the Beat
Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones

Talking About New Album, Percussionists/Drummers, and Gear Hello everyone in Modern Drummer land! Inside Out is the name of my new LP and it’s a reinterpretation of songs written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger for the Rolling Stones. As I was finishing up my last LP, The Bura, I …


Posted: January 10, 2019

Darren Beckett
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Darren Beckett of Brandon Flowers in On The Beat

Hello Modern Drummer readers, I’m honored to be featured in my first “On The Beat!”


Posted: May 15, 2018

Adrian Varady
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Adrian Varady of Guitarist and Composer Andreas Varady: Talks Gear, Influences, and New Album

Hello MD! My name is Adrian Varady and I play with my dad and brother. I’m fifteen years old.


Posted: March 31, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Jeff Friedl On Tour With A Perfect Circle

Devo, Puscifer, and Ashes Divide drummer Jeff Friedl is backing the hard rock supergroup A Perfect Circle on its first U.S. tour in six years, with dates booked through early May.


Posted: September 20, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Robby Cosenza of Vandaveer: Talks Influences and Studio Sessions

Wow, MD—it’s an honor! I’m a touring musician (Vandaveer, Horse Feathers, and Small Batch, among others) and the session drummer at Shangri-la Productions with producer Duane Lundy in Lexington, Kentucky.


Posted: August 1, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Ivar Loe Bjornstad of the Hedvig Mollestad Trio: 6 Tips on Practicing and Playing

Hi MD! My name is Ivar Loe Bjoernstad and I’d like to share a few words about some things I consider important.


Posted: June 9, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Dave Elitch

Antemasque’s Drummer on Education, Listening Skills, and Knowing Who You Are.


Posted: March 24, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Initial Lineup Announced for 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival

With over 150 performances at more than fifteen venues throughout New York City, the 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival will be held Sunday, June 1 through Monday, June 30. Ticket information and a current schedule of events and locations are available on the official website, www.BlueNoteJazzFestival.com….


Posted: August 29, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, In the Studio, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 4: Classic Jazz (October 2013 Issue)

Click here to check out part 4 of our In the Studio series, “Seeing Sounds,” which covers classic jazz drum tones.


Posted: May 24, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mack Longpre of Chloe Charles

Greetings from Toronto! My name is Mack Longpre. I’m a twenty-four-year-old drummer and baseball enthusiast who holds Tim Horton’s coffee and baked goods close to my heart. I’d love to take this opportunity to share a bit about myself and to talk about the people who have helped, taught, and …


Posted: April 30, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
June 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Joey Waronker

See what’s in the June 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer Magazine! Featuring Joey Waronker.


Posted: January 28, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, News, News and Events, The Showroom
NAMM 2013 in Photos

It’s that time of year again, when the makers of dreams—or at least the equipment that helps them come true—show off the latest and greatest gear that will be available in the upcoming months. What’s the catch? Not everyone is invited! Never fear, the Modern Drummer editors have it covered. …


Posted: October 17, 2012

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Product Close-Up
Canopus Ash Standard Drumset

Click here to check out Canopus’s new Ash Standard drumset.


Posted: August 15, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Nate Smith

As a member of Dave Holland’s big band, quintet, and octet, Nate Smith holds, well, three of the most cherished gigs in jazz. Holland, a revered bass player who started his own musical quest with Miles Davis in the ’60s, has nurtured many a drummer in his high-octane ensembles, and …


Posted: April 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Phil “NaturalPhil??? Johnson

A few months back Michael and I finally had time to jam out in one of the studio sessions I had planned. We mesh really well together and are musically in sync, so when we get together it just works. I love classical styles and blurring it with contemporary music, …


Posted: July 5, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Joao Lencastre

My name is Joao Lencastre and I was born in Lisbon, Portugal. I started to play the drums at the age of thirteen. Since I started playing I’ve been collaborating with many different groups in all styles of music, including metal, reggae, Afrobeat, electronic, big band, alternative rock, and all …


Posted: July 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
MD Readers Poll 2011 Results

Welcome once again to the MD Readers Poll, where the greatest drummers on the planet are honored by the most educated drum fans around. Let’s get right to it: the envelope, please….


Posted: October 10, 2010

Modern Drummer Drummer Blog
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Now, what's on the MD editors' musical minds this month…

by Associate Editor Michael Parillo I’m going to focus on live music this time, because I was lucky enough to see two wonderful bands and two amazing drummers in NYC last month. First up was BRIAN BLADE and the Fellowship at the Village Vanguard. Whoa! Blade got right down to …


Posted: October 10, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Now, what’s on the MD editors’ musical minds this month…

by Associate Editor Michael Parillo I’m going to focus on live music this time, because I was lucky enough to see two wonderful bands and two amazing drummers in NYC last month. First up was BRIAN BLADE and the Fellowship at the Village Vanguard. Whoa! Blade got right down to …


Posted: May 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brian Blade: Always Be Reacting

Brian Blade has performed and recorded with some of the greatest musicians of this or any era….


Posted: April 25, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Marcus Baylor of The Yellowjackets

Hello, MD family! 2008 has been a blessed and busy year, with more great things to come! My name is Marcus Baylor, and I am the drummer with The Yellowjackets.


Posted: April 10, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tony Nesbitt-Larking with The Most Serene Republic

With our new CD, Population, hot off the press, and with the backing of Yaris and Arts & Crafts, we hit the road last October for a two-month mega-tour across Canada and the US.


Posted: January 16, 2008

Category: Feature Stories
Best Of ’07

I’m convinced that, ten years from now, we’re going to look back at 2007 as an unusually fertile time in music and in drumming.


Posted: January 11, 2008

Category: Drummers
Johnny Vidacovich

Johnny Vidacovich is one of a rare breed of musicians whose individual sound is so unique, it’s instantly identifiable….


Posted: May 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Prairie Prince: An Interview

Prairie Prince was born on May 7, 1950 in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been a founding member of art-rock band The Tubes since 1969. He was also a major player in getting the band Journey off the ground, and over the years he’s worked with Brian Eno, Jefferson Airplane, …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Elvin Jones

On the eve of his seventy-fifth birthday, Elvin Ray Jones exhibits the relaxed demeanor and lean physique of a weathered–but still dangerous–championship athlete. When he smiles, which is often, he still looks like he’s twenty-five. His sense of humor is sharp, his intellect acute. And as anyone who has seen …



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