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June 1983:
Time And Its Nuances
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

This article will deal with time in its basic form, as applied to swing, bebop, gospel, Dixieland, Latin, rock, country & western or whatever. The basic principles will apply when playing any rhythmical style which requires a steady pulse. Time = Tempo. First of all, I’d like to clarify the …


October 1982:
Ed Thigpen – Inter-Continental Swinger

Being a student of jazz drumming during the ’60s could ofttimes be a mind-boggling experience.


October 1982:
Jazz Drummer's Workshop – The Beauty Of Brushes
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Brushes are the playing implement in the drummer’s array of equipment which can, if handled properly, produce a wide range of sounds, moods and textures. Brushes are normally thought of for soft playing on ballads, and in trios playing small clubs where the music serves as background to cocktails and …


July 1978:
Drums: On Stage

Has Buddy Rich embarked on a new career in symphonic music? Not really. But he is giving it a try, playing with local symphony orchestras throughout the country.


May 2010:
May 2010 – Volume 34 • Number 5

Eric Singer, Shannon Leto, Pete Lockett, Elliot Humberto Kavee, Dave McAfee, Kenny Washington, Terreon Gully, Dave Turncrantz, Joe Goretti, Phil Rudd, Ed Thigpen, Tony Williams, Ryan Hoyle


October 2002:
October 2002 – Volume 26 • Number 10

Mike Bordin, Simon Phillips, Billy Cobham, Jerry Marotta, Peter Erskine, Carmine Appice, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Kenneth Schalk, Paul John Jr., Adrian Passarelli, Lynn Coulter, Grant Collins, Jose Pasillas, Danny Carey, Kenny Aronoff, Billy Kilson


February 1993:
February 1993 – Volume 17 • Number 2

In this Issue: Steve Smith, Ed Thigpen


June 1983:
June 1983 – Volume 7 • Number 6

Bill Bruford, Mike Clark, Mark Craney, Ed Thigpen, George Wettling, Kenny Aronoff, Jim Chapin, Terry Clarke, John Densmore, Gregg Bissonette, Carl Palmer, Russ Kunkel, Graham Lear


October 1982:
October 1982 – Volume 6 • Number 7

Stewart Copeland, Ed Thigpen, Jimmy Madison, Neil Peart, Joe Morello, Armando Peraza, Raul Rekow, Orestes Vilato, Tommy Aldridge, Mark Craney



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: April 26, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
25 Timeless Drum Books

What makes a great drum book? There’s no single answer, as different books have been written to address a wide variety of styles and techniques. But judging by a recent poll in which Modern Drummer readers were asked to name their favorite volumes, a few characteristics stand out….


Posted: March 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tim Walsh of the Stepkids

I’m Tim Walsh of the Stepkids, and I’m excited to be on here and hope to add to the wealth of knowledge that is MD’s awesome thirty-five-year history…


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: October 5, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Ed Thigpen: “Mr. Taste”

Ed Thigpen, an important element in the music of jazz luminaries including Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald, was known as “Mr. Taste.” Thigpen was most noted for his brush technique and articulate sense of pulse and swing. Thigpen was born in Chicago in 1930, the son of jazz drummer Ben …


Posted: April 9, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Vinson Valega: New York City Jazzer

I grew up in Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., took piano lessons from age five to eleven, switched to drums in the sixth grade…


Posted: October 15, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jeff Hamilton: Swinging to Success

Few jazz drummers have had careers as rewarding and successful as Jeff Hamilton’s. And with several new releases and projects in the works–and an MD Readers Poll win–2006 may be one of his finest years yet.



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