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April 2021:
April 2021
Ed Shaughnessy
Ed Shaughnessy

For those fortunate enough to have grown up somewhere between 1965 and 1991, whose parents allowed them to stay up until 11:30 at least to hear the famous downbeat to Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, drummer Ed Shaughnessy had to have had a profound impact on their drumming aspirations. No doubt …

May 2019:
May 2019
Bentley’s Drum Shop, Fresno, California
Bentley's Drum Shop

Take a short four-hour drive north out of Los Angeles up I-99, and you’ll find yourself in the little big town of Fresno, California.

January 2014:
Wisdom And Technique
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Lasting Lessons From Ed Shaughnessy Photo by Rick Malkin I grew up watching Ed Shaughnessy drive Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Band. For twenty-nine years, Shaughnessy held the throne of one of the most visible and respected groups in television history, and for many of us this was our first exposure …

January 2014:
Ed Shaughnessy

As the most visible drummer on network TV for three decades, he helped America understand what big band drumming was all about. But there was more to his story—much more.

June 1983:
Friendship and Drummers

Friendship amongst drummers takes on many curious attitudes. For example, we have the fair-weather friend. He is the guy who is super friendly to you if you are with a name group. When you are between groups he loses interest in you and becomes real friendly with someone who is …

January 1978:
Larrie Londin

A heavy-set, yet gentle and personable man, Larrie at age 34, has made more than a comfortable living sitting confidently behind his multiple tom, double bass drum set-up, backing a mind boggling array of musical personalities; Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins. Jerry Reed, Glen Campbell, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Mac Davis, …

July 1978:
Ed Shaughnessy: Swinger On Staff
Ed Shaughnessy 2

Ed Shaughnessy has been playing drums since he was 14 years old in his native New Jersey. By 19, he was working with George Shearing at New York’s Three Deuces.

Posted: December 11, 2020

Category: News
MD Interview with Don Lombardi – Founder of Drum Channel & Drum Workshop – 12/10/20

Don Lombardi – Drum Workshop’s 2nd Product the DW 5000 Bass Drum Pedal Who did you study with and how did it affect your development as a drummer?DL: I started taking lessons at the age of 12 with Nat Leslie, a local teacher. I also joined the union at age …

Posted: November 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories
Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

Over the course of his forty-year career traveling the globe to teach, perform, and conduct clinics, Dom Famularo has interacted with some of the finest drummers and drum instructors in the world. The following list contains many of those names, organized by country/continent. If you’re looking for top-notch drum instruction, …

Posted: March 23, 2015

Category: Feature Stories, In Memoriam, News, News and Events
AJ Pero Dies at Age 55

Last Friday, March 20, longtime Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero died in Poughkeepsie, New York, from an apparent heart attack while on the road with Adrenaline Mob.

Posted: March 4, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons
10 Tips from Bobby Sanabria

The renowned Latin and jazz drummer/percussionist has always known how to get his point across, whether in the studio, on stage, or in the classroom. Here he offers words of advice that all of us, regardless of age or preferred musical style, should take heed of….

Posted: April 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Alex Mascarin of We Outspoken

My name is Alex Mascarin, and I am a drummer in the band We Outspoken from Toronto, Canada. In this blog I would like share with you some of my drum setups and inspirations….

Posted: December 6, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, In Memoriam, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO: A Tribute to Tonight Show Drummer Ed Shaughnessy

In this video drummers Joe Vitale (The Eagles), Peter Criss (KISS), Danny Carey (TOOL), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Jojo Mayer (Nerve), and Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Öyster Cult) remember Tonight Show drummer and legend Ed Shaughnessy who passed away May 24, 2013….

Posted: December 3, 2013

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
January 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Abe Laboriel Jr.

See what’s in the January 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Paul McCartney’s drummer Abe Laboriel Jr…

Posted: May 28, 2013

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Tonight Show Drummer Ed Shaughnessy Passes

Ed Shaughnessy, beloved by a generation of drummers who grew up watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, passed away on Friday, May 24, at the age of eighty-four. Prior to joining Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra on the Tonight Show in 1963, …

Posted: May 16, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Influences
Influences: Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins

As Jane’s Addiction continues its successful Theatre of the Escapists tour, a new generation of fans is being hipped to the ecstatic tribal glam event that is a Jane’s show—and to the uniquely galloping drumming approach of Stephen Perkins. In the latest installment of Modern Drummer magazine’s Influences series, we …

Posted: March 22, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
March Web Update News

News on and from the drumming community for March 2012.

Posted: February 24, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Gimme 10! Bobby Sanabria

One of the most world-traveled, well-spoken, and high-profile drummer/leaders on the planet tells us what’s what, Sanabria style.

Posted: January 4, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Charlie Benante

Milestones were bountiful in 2011 for NYC thrash icons Anthrax and their founding drummer.

Posted: November 30, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Ben Riley: Power of the Lion, Patience of the Ages

Ben Riley commands respect from the moment he hits the bandstand. While he is best known (and beloved) for his years spent in Thelonious Monk’s quartet at the peak of that master’s powers, Riley has also recorded and performed with many other jazz greats.This article orginally ran in the February …

Posted: July 16, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Dave Tough: Different—And In Demand

The inimitable Dave Tough controlled every band in which he worked with near-perfect timekeeping and his own distinct, buoyant style. Very much influenced by Baby Dodds, his primary concerns were musicality, maintaining an unwavering pulsation, and integrating the ensemble performance. His playing was subtle yet inspired, and though he rarely …

Posted: March 22, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett: Busting Open Doors To The Modern Drumming Age

Though Big Sid Catlett came out of the swing era, he is best remembered for a drumming style that had a marked influence on the bop drummers of the ’40s.

Posted: October 20, 2009

Category: Feature Stories
Drumming On TV

In celebration of the great, sometimes groundbreaking drumming performances of TV’s golden age, we present to you highlights along the illustrious Drumming On TV timeline…

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