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January 2021:
Max Roach
Max Roach by Collis Davis Shaida

When drummers are playing, horn players should color the way we color behind them. To me, it’s a matter of imagination, and it also has something to do with humility. Drummers have a great deal of humility in order to stay underneath somebody all the time, give them support constantly, …


September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
Avenues to Excellence
Avenues to Excellence

15 MD Cover Artists Reveal the Big Ideas That Put Them on the Road to Success The abundance of educational material online, as well as great teachers to mold your passion and enthusiasm into technique and musicality, are massively beneficial to those seeking proficiency on the drums. But even with …


September 1983:
M'Boom

When two or more drummers get together, traditionally, it’s a battle. Or is it? What about in Africa, where a great deal of the music is performed by large drum ensembles, in which each member has a specific part to play and all of the parts fit together into a …


April 1978:
Jazz Drummer's Workshop Metric Modulation
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Among the many lessons to be learned from the playing of Max Roach is the concept of musicality in drumming. This is shown no more clearly than in his solo work, particularly in the fact that Max has almost always played choruses of the tune being played, and most often …


May 1987:
Stan Levey
Stan Levey

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


September 1985:
Dueling Drumsets
Concepts

Back in the ’50s, Jazz At The Philharmonic presented a “drum battle” featuring Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. To my knowledge, it was the first time they had appeared together. It was an exciting event, and it generated great interest in the drumming community. The format was one of challenges. …


March 2014:
The 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time
50 Greatest Drummers 1

Whose playing endures through the decades? Whose music do we reach for when we want new ideas? When we want to practice? When we want to laugh? Who inspires and delights us most?


January 1983:
Do Self-Taught Drummers Play Better?
Concepts

Some well-known drummers, who have never taken lessons, play very well. Other well-known drummers, who have studied for years, also play very well. Drummers who have not studied sometimes tend to be critical of those who have. The following defensive statements were taken from interviews of well-known drummers who have …


February March 1982:
Philly Joe Jones

In the early ’50s, Tony Scott hired a young drummer from Philadelphia named Joe Jones. To avoid confusion with Count Basie’s famous drummer (Jo Jones), Scott would introduce his drummer by saying, “This is the Joe Jones from Philly.”


April 2017:
Bebop Syncopation – Part 1: Max Roach and Art Blakey

Ted Reed’s Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer is considered a timeless book by many leading drummers and educators. One page alone can inspire a lifetime’s worth of practice material. In this series of articles we’ll explore new approaches to Exercise One (found on page 38 of the …


July 2013:
Influences – Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins

The year was 1959, and in New York City, Ornette Coleman’s quartet was creating a bona fide controversy with its six-week run at the Five Spot. The music was rhythmically loose and had at its core a melodic and harmonic approach that aggressively defied convention. Though important musical figures of …


August September 1979:
Reflections: Don Lamond

“I was fascinated by the drums. I was always banging on things but I couldn’t figure out how people rolled on drums. How could they play fast enough to produce a continuous sound?”


January February 1979:
Max Roach: Back On The Bandstand

Max Roach remains the essential modern drummer. The quality of his work has been proclaimed world-wide as melodic, subtle and intensely musical. Over the last thirty years, jazz percussionists have studied and imitated Roach’s unique style.


April 1978:
Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Metric Modulation
Jazz Drummer's Workshop

Among the many lessons to be learned from the playing of Max Roach is the concept of musicality in drumming. This is shown no more clearly than in his solo work, particularly in the fact that Max has almost always played choruses of the tune being played, and most often …


October 1977:
Drum Soloist: Max Roach Transcription And Analysis
Drum Soloist

Max Roach’s artistic development in the late 40’s and early 50’s made it clear that an evolutionary change had occurred in jazz drumming.


October 1977:
Beyond Forever: Lenny White
Lenny White Return To Forever

Lenny White was born in Queens, N. Y. and travelled to Forever. Excuse the forced pun, but it was with Chick Corea’s Return to Forever, that Lenny made the reputation that engendered his foray as a solo act.”I got a call from a different guitar player every day for about …


July 1977:
Alan Dawson – Chops And Brains Equal A Boston Master

Dawson hears of Roach’s praise midway through a lesson with one of the 30 students he teaches each week in the studio of his rambling split-level home in the Boston suburb of Lexington. “That’s real nice of Max”, he says with his typical half-smile.



Posted: March 7, 2021

Category: News
The Repercussions of Percussion – Don Mathew, MD FAAPMR – 3/7/21

  To my fellow drummers, I feel your pain…literally. I am a practicing physician that completed medical school about ten years ago and subsequently trained at Northwestern Medicine into a specialty called physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, with a background in kinesiology and sports medicine. That’s right! …


Posted: September 23, 2020

Nasheet Waits
Category: News
Nasheet Waits Joins New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Faculty

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired renowned drummer, composer, and educator Nasheet Waits to join the jazz faculty beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. In addition to his work as a leader, Waits is widely known for his performances and recordings with a jazz greats including Antonio Hart, …


Posted: July 7, 2020

Category: News
Famed Jazz Drummer Billy Hart to Conduct Free “Evolution of Contemporary Jazz Drumming” Zoom Presentation

On Sunday, July 19, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, world-renowned drummer and educator Billy Hart will conduct a free Zoom presentation, “The Evolution of Contemporary Jazz Drummers.” Hart has recorded over six hundred albums, including seminal dates with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Joe Zawinul, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, …


Posted: June 6, 2020

Category: On the Beat
Quarantine Home Recording #3: Five Ways to Tank Your Drum Mix

Don’t let this be an allegorical representation of your drum mixing skills! Home recording can be a fabulous oasis of no rules, no judgement, no fear, and no regrets, because YOU are the benevolent dictator of your own audio kingdom. You alone make the determination on how to best achieve …


Posted: April 30, 2020

Category: News
Tony Allen Passes

Tony Allen. Photo by Bernard Benant. Tony Allen, the longtime drummer with African music legend Fela Kuti, has died in France. As the drummer with Fela’s groundbreaking band Africa ’70, Allen was responsible for creating many of the beats that defined Afrobeat music, the mix of jazz, funk, and the …


Posted: May 30, 2019

Category: On the Beat
John Lum of the Allman Betts Band

My background is heavily steeped in jazz and rudimental drumming, but I grew up listening and jamming to lots of heavy metal and classic rock and roll.


Posted: February 12, 2019

Joey Armstrong
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Joey Armstrong of SWMRS in On The Beat

The son of Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer and guitarist of Green Day, checks in about his latest recording sessions.


Posted: May 22, 2018

Gabor Gabs Dornyei
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Gabor Gabs Dornyei: Delivering Under Pressure

Hi there Modern Drummer readers, it’s always a pleasure to check in and stay in contact with you all. I’d like to thank my “Brother in Drums” Billy Amendola, and everyone at MD, for providing me with this opportunity.


Posted: April 26, 2017

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Web Exclusive: Producer Russ Titelman on 10 of His Favorite Drummers

The June issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an interview with three-time Grammy Award–winning producer Russ Titelman who in his long career has worked with musical giants including Little Feat, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Cyndi Lauper, Graham Central Station, Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Chaka Khan, the Bee …


Posted: January 25, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Butch Trucks: 1947–2017

In a week that was already rocked by the deaths of Can’s Jaki Liebezeit and Spooky Tooth’s Mike Kellie, the drum world was shaken for a third time by news this morning of the passing of founding Allman Brothers Band sticksman Butch Trucks.


Posted: October 7, 2016

Category: News, News and Events, Web Exclusive
Fuse.tv Documentary Series “Clash Of the Corps” Features DCI Corps Blue Devils and Cadets on the Way to the 2016 Finals

In this Modern Drummer exclusive, Blue Devils snare drummer Brandon Olander talks practice, preparation, and dealing with a camera crew.


Posted: September 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, On the Beat
On Tour: Tony Leone With the Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Longtime New York City drummer Tony Leone is currently on the road with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.


Posted: August 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic, Videos
Video Lesson! Groove Construction, Part 6 With Jost Nickel

In this month’s lesson we’ll continue working with ghost notes by incorporating them into grooves using an intertwined approach. When using this method, the ghost-note phrasing is interlocked with the bass drum pattern. Let’s introduce the four-step approach. We’ll start with a hand pattern using 8th notes on the hi-hat …


Posted: August 10, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Nashville Studio Drummer Nick Buda: Breakfast Sessions, Part 1

As a recording drummer that plays a variety of styles of music, there’s a process I tend to automatically go through when deciding what’s going to work best on a song I’m about to record.


Posted: August 1, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
Evan Chapman of Square Peg Round Hole: Juniper Album, “Name Not One Man??? Video World Premiere

With Juniper, instrumental and percussion-heavy trio Square Peg Round Hole unleashes pondering melodies, brooding harmonic landscapes, and forward-thinking rhythms. Here, the group’s main drummer, Evan Chapman, discusses the concepts and influences behind the record’s broad sonic spectrum….


Posted: July 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic, Videos
Video Lesson! Groove Contruction, Part 5: Ghost Notes Using an Ostinato Approach

Ghost notes (notated with parentheses) are played very softly, as opposed to accents, which are much louder. Correct dynamics are achieved by maintaining the proper distance between the stick and the drumhead….


Posted: June 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
Carl Allen: Learning From the Giants

Allen is a revered figure in the field of forward-reaching, swinging jazz rooted in the tradition. When he first made waves in the jazz world, joining Freddie Hubbard’s band in 1982 at the tender age of nineteen, elder giants took note.


Posted: June 6, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Matt Byrne of Hatebreed: Improvisation!

Greetings, MD family! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Matt Byrne and I reside in the Queen City on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY (located just north of NYC). For the past sixteen years, I have played drums for the heavy metal/hardcore band, Hatebreed….


Posted: May 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Keith Carne on We Are Scientists’ Helter Seltzer

Brooklyn-based indie-rock band We Are Scientists’ fifth album, Helter Seltzer, released digitally this past April 22 and physically on June 3, is an advanced-level course in hook-ology.


Posted: May 3, 2016

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, On the Beat, Videos
On the Beat With Tosin Aribisala: Let’s Get Happy!

Hello, everyone! From time to time I try to offer the drum community something tangible and inspiring—drum monologues, communal drumming, basic instructions, and workshops. Last year I embarked on a communal drumming project, which involved a few tribal drummers and myself on the drumset. The outcome was really amazing and …


Posted: March 24, 2016

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Society for American Music Honors Terri Lyne Carrington

Three-time Grammy award–winning recording artist Terri Lyne Carrington was recently recognized as this year’s honorary member at the Forty-Second Annual Conference of the Society for American Music during a public ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Massachusetts….


Posted: February 26, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Ray Marte of Moon Tooth: Talks Influences, Improving, and Learning New Styles

Hello! There is not much that makes me happier than playing the drums. I started playing and taking lessons from Mark Edwards at South Shore Music in Massapequa, NY before I even knew how to write in cursive, or even print legibly. I still cannot do either of those things, …


Posted: February 8, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Shmu (Sam Chown) of Zorch: Playing, Recording, and Contributing

Hey MD, I’m a drummer/lead singer in a live scenario and in an animal spirit sense. I wear the Justin Bieber headset and I also trigger samples on my Roland SPD-SX drum sampler. People know me as Shmu, the solo artist, as well as the drummer, singer, and songwriter in …


Posted: January 27, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Simon Hanson of Squeeze: Continuing the Success of 2015

Hello MD readers, I’m Simon Hanson from the English band Squeeze (“Tempted,??? “Cool for Cats,??? and “Pulling Mussels from the Shell???). I’ve been associated with the band for the last twenty years and a full time member for the last ten. Before that I was a member of the British …


Posted: January 11, 2016

Category: A Different View, Feature Stories, News, News and Events
David Bowie: A Different View

The music world is quite a bit less bold today with the passing of David Bowie, the iconic artist who was as famous for his appetite for new musical ideas as he was for his ability to wholeheartedly inhabit whatever sonic world he created. One happy result of the singer, …


Posted: December 14, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Tazz Washington: Conversational Drumming

Hello MD, Tazz Washington here. I am originally from South America. I am the baby of thirteen children and my mom was an African ceremonial dancer when I was a child. Watching her and playing drums with the elders heavily influenced my expressive conversational drumming technique. My technique is also …


Posted: December 1, 2015

Category: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, Feature Stories, Lists
Twenty Drum Gifts for Under $20

With the holiday season upon us, there’s no better time to step back and look at all the different gift options that are available. In this first installment of our 2015 holiday buyer’s guide, we specifically want to focus on drummer gifts that are under $20. These items are perfect …


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: November 2, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Count Basie/Tony Bennett Drummer Harold Jones

Harold Jones is a marvel. While some people his age are already living in retirement homes, the seventy-five-year-old drummer is busy globe-hopping with another over-achieving American musical icon, Tony Bennett….


Posted: October 23, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
News: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy “Rhythm of Light??? Tour Returns to US in November

Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both ELP and Asia, is returning to the United States for the final leg of the Rhythm of Light Tour. The tour features his popular ELP Legacy band and will also highlight his collection of …


Posted: October 22, 2015

Andrew Campanelli of the Revivalists
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Andrew Campanelli of the Revivalists: Talking Go-Go Rhythms and Men Amongst Mountains

Hello Modern Drummer readers. My name is Andrew Campanelli. I play drums and write songs for the Revivalists. I’ve been learning from articles and exercises in Modern Drummer since I was ten so it’s a huge honor to be included with all the great drummers that have shared their wisdom …


Posted: October 22, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Andrew Campanelli of the Revivalists: Talking Go-Go Rhythms and Men Amongst Mountains

Hello Modern Drummer readers. My name is Andrew Campanelli. I play drums and write songs for the Revivalists. I’ve been learning from articles and exercises in Modern Drummer since I was ten so it’s a huge honor to be included with all the great drummers that have shared their wisdom …


Posted: September 22, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Faith No More’s Mike Bordin Discusses Sol Invictus and His Hard-Hitting Playing Style

During an all too brief tour break, Bordin took a moment to talk to Modern Drummer about why Faith No More got back together, the DIY ethos that drove the making of Sol Invictus, how he manages to deliver such a physical set every night, and much more….


Posted: September 11, 2015

On the Beat With Dennis Bryon of the Bee Gees: You Should Be Dancing
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Dennis Bryon of the Bee Gees: You Should Be Dancing

Hello everyone in MD land! I’m happy to tell you a bit about my experience drumming for the Bee Gees. I played drums with the Bee Gees on all recordings, television, and tours from 1973 to 1980. That included playing on nine number one singles and many other songs that …


Posted: September 11, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Dennis Bryon of the Bee Gees: You Should Be Dancing

Hello everyone in MD land! I’m happy to tell you a bit about my experience drumming for the Bee Gees. I played drums with the Bee Gees on all recordings, television, and tours from 1973 to 1980. That included playing on nine number one singles and many other songs that …


Posted: September 1, 2015

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, On the Beat, Videos
On the Beat With Van Romaine of Enrique Iglesias

Hey, MD! Here’s a video of my touring kit on the Enrique Iglesias Sex and Love tour which is on it’s third year and features my Gretsch Brooklyn curved bar hybrid acoustic/electronic setup with Sabian cymbals, Evans heads, Roland electronics, LP percussion, Vater drumsticks, and featuring Porter and Davies, Beyer …


Posted: July 30, 2015

Category: Basics, Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO LESSON: Build a Beat! A Step-by-Step Approach

Click here to check out Rich Redmond’s video demo of the exercises in his “Build a Beat??? article from the September 2015 issue.


Posted: June 30, 2015

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Strictly Technique, Videos
VIDEO LESSON! Pataflafla Hemiolas: Straight and Alternating Versions Over Half-Note Triplets

Click here to check out Strictly Technique columnist Bill Bachman’s video lesson to accomany his article on pataflafla hemiolas from the August 2015 issue.


Posted: June 8, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Nelson’s Gunnar Nelson: A Drummer Who Happens to Sing and Play Guitar

Hello, Modern Drummers! I’m a drummer who happens to play guitar and sing. It has been said that drumming may be the first music man ever made. In my case it has been a source of who I am. I was born in the “summer of love” on September 20, …


Posted: May 29, 2015

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Rock 'N' Jazz Clinic, Videos
Rock & Jazz Clinic: Grooving in Form, Part 1: AABA Beats (VIDEO)

Click here to check out the video supplement to Mike Johnston’s “Grooving in Form, Part 1” article that appears in the July 2015 issue.


Posted: May 11, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
Modern Drummer Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Other Instruments

We asked the members of the Modern Drummer Education Team if they felt that it’s important for drummers to learn to play other instruments (piano, bass, guitar, etc.), or should they focus on honing their craft at the kit exclusively? Here’s what they had to say….


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: February 27, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat: Ghostface Killah’s Gintas Janusonis on Hip-Hop and Achieving That “Old School??? Sound

Greetings, Modern Drummer readers! This is Gintas Janusonis checking in with you to share some of the insights I’ve gained throughout my life and career as a musician. I’ll share with you the unique challenges of hip-hop drumming, getting old school ’60s and ’70s funk and soul drum sounds, and …


Posted: February 26, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
April 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Bernard “Pretty??? Purdie

See what’s in, and where to order, the April 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Bernard Purdie.


Posted: February 24, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
News: Billy Cobham to Stream Live Concert from Ronnie Scott’s

With tickets to his sold out shows in such high demand, Ronnie Scott’s has announced that it will be streaming drum legend Billy Cobham’s full performance on Friday, February 27 at 11:15 pm BST….


Posted: February 18, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
News: KoSA Miami and SFCPA Second Annual Event Report

The second edition of the KoSA Miami/SFCPA weekend intensive workshop, a collaboration with the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts founded by Brandon Cruz, took place this past January. Registrants participated in classes of Brazilian percussion, African drumming traditions on drumset, Cuban rhythms, and advanced snare drum techniques in the …


Posted: January 28, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Moussa Fadera of The Amazing on Using His Jazz Roots in a Rock Context

For my tenth birthday my mom gave me a Hollywood kit in the sizes 12″, 14″, 18″. Back then I listened to bands and artists such as Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. The way the drums sounded on recordings from the ’60s and ’70s really attracted me. I …


Posted: December 3, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News and Events
JazzCity Presents a Chicago Celebration of Elvin Jones

On December 12, at 7pm, a gathering of Chicago greats will come together to pay tribute to drummer Elvin Jones. The final performance in the 2014 JazzCity schedule is free and open to the public and will take place at Austin Town Hall Park on 5610 W. Lake Street….


Posted: August 19, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Influences: Harvey Mason

Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more….


Posted: June 23, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Omar Hakim Video:
Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky???

Omar Hakim and John “JR??? Robinson were the two drummers who played on Grammy-winning EDM duo Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories. Here Omar gives us the inside scoop and a rare up-close demonstration of the groove to the album’s big hit song “Get Lucky.??? Note how Omar approaches the …


Posted: June 9, 2014

Category: News, News and Events, Past Contests
Win a Ginger Baker Prize Package

To celebrate the release of Ginger Baker’s new CD, Why?, Motéma Records has put together a prize package that all Ginger Baker fans will want to get their hands on….


Posted: June 2, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Product Close-Up, Videos
VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Dixon Cajon Pedal Plus (From the June 2014 Issue)

Click here to check out our review of the new Dixon Cajon Pedal Plus, which is featured in the June 2014 issue….


Posted: May 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – “Between Zero & One” with Jojo Mayer

Filmmaker/drummer Travis Satten recently released this video expounding on Jojo Mayer and his drumming philosophy. Modern Drummer caught up with Satten to ask a few questions about the film….


Posted: April 17, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Legendary Jazz Ensemble M’Boom Re:Percussion Reuniting for a Special Concert on June 14, 2014

M’Boom Re:Percussion, the legendary ensemble featuring a multitude of drummer/percussionists that was assembled and founded by jazz master Max Roach in the 1970s, is reuniting under the leadership of original member Joe Chambers for a special concert featuring the KBz Strings and special guests….


Posted: March 21, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Drum Daze 2014 Columbus, Ohio

On Sunday, March 30th, some of the biggest names in drumming will come together for an afternoon you won’t forget. Russ Miller joins Ray Luzier, Mike Johnston, Greg Hutchinson and John Riley for the Drum Daze line-up.


Posted: March 3, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – Trey Anastasio Band Drummer Russ Lawton

Check out this video clip of the band Soule Monde, featuring drummer Russ Lawton and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, both members of the solo group led by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. The clip was filmed in July 2013 at the Slide Brook Lodge & Tavern in Warren, Vermont, a favorite haunt …


Posted: February 24, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – Benny Greb at the 2013 Meinl Drum Festival

Benny Greb performed at last year’s Meinl Drum Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, and we’d like to share a bit of his appearance with you. And here’s that clip from Benny’s 2014 Meinl Drum Festival clinic….


Posted: January 9, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Danny Seraphine
Ready For the Next Phase

anny Seraphine fueled a long list of classic tracks in his twenty-three years as a member of Chicago, inspiring generations of drummers in the process. Since returning in 2006 from a long performing hiatus, he has been grooving in peak form with his current band, CTA, as heard on its …


Posted: January 8, 2014

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events, The Greats
Drum Instructor Sam Ulano Passes

Sam Ulano, a beloved yet controversial player and instructor who Modern Drummer readers will recognize from the many ads he ran in the magazine over the years, passed away last week, at the age of ninety-three. MD published an interview with Ulano in the September 2011 issue, which we’ve reprinted …


Posted: January 2, 2014

Category: Drummers, Jazz Drummers' Workshop, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Approaching Standards, Part 3: Language and Vernacular (February 2014 Issue)

Click here to check out a video lesson to accompany the Jazz Drummer’s Workshop article on applying standard tunes to the drums from the February 2014 issue.


Posted: November 27, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, News, News and Events
Chico Hamilton: 1921–2013

Jazz drummer Foreststorn “Chico??? Hamilton died this past Monday at the age of ninety-two. Hamilton was notable for his refined approach to the drumset, which leaned more heavily on creative orchestrations than on flash, an approach that in the 1950s inspired the movements of cool and chamber jazz. Notably, Hamilton …


Posted: November 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rosie Slater of New Myths

I started playing the drums when I was nine years old and have been playing with 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, New Myths, Supercute!, Lesley Gore, and others….


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: July 31, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, In the Studio, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 3: Funk (September 2013 issue) UPDATED

Click here to learn how to achieve a classic funk drum sound.


Posted: July 29, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, News, News and Events
Famed Afro-Caribbean Drummer Steve Berrios Passes

Modern Drummer is sad to announce that Steve Berrios died this past week at the age of sixty-eight at his home in Manhattan. The drummer was among the most innovative musicians to fuse Afro-Caribbean and jazz. Berrios had an impressive career, featuring work with influential Afro-Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaría, jazz …


Posted: July 18, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Tuning (UPDATED)

We asked the members of the MD Education Team to share their thoughts on how they prefer to tune their drums. Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: June 24, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Flecktones Drummer Roy “Futureman??? Wooten Chats With Fiddle/Sticks Creator Casey Driessen

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones drummer Roy Wooten, aka Futureman, recently got together with fiddler and occasional Flecktones collaborator Casey Driessen for a two-day jam session and conversation for the project Fiddle/Sticks, in which Driessen has been exploring the fiddle as a rhythmic instrument. Here the two go into more …


Posted: May 14, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Zack B.’s Drum Cover of “The Hard Man Theme??? from Mega Man 3

MD Online was recently hipped to drummer Zack B.’s fantastic drum cover of “The Hard Man Theme??? from the ’90s Nintendo video game Mega Man 3. We asked Zack why he chose this particular track to cover, and he took the opportunity to share some tips on setting up mics …


Posted: May 3, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Zach Danziger and Owen Biddle TEDx Performance

Drummer Zach Danziger and bassist Owen Biddle of the group Mister Barrington recently conducted a unique performance for the TEDx series at UMass Amherst. By pre-recording their speech, Biddle and Danziger set out to challenge assumptions about live electronic music….


Posted: April 23, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Darren King of Mutemath at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals (Part 4)

Watch part 4 of this video featuring Darren King of Mutemath’s special performance at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 19th, 2013.


Posted: April 16, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Darren King of Mutemath at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals (Part 3)

Watch part 3 of this video featuring Darren King of Mutemath’s special performance at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 19th, 2013….


Posted: April 9, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Darren King of Mutemath at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals (Part 2)

Watch part 2 of this video featuring Darren King of Mutemath’s special performance at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 19th, 2013….


Posted: April 2, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Darren King of Mutemath at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals (Part 1)

Watch part 1 of this video featuring Darren King of Mutemath’s special performance at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 19th, 2013….


Posted: February 27, 2013

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Paiste Artist Vinnie Colaiuta Discusses the Formula 602 Modern Essentials Series

Check out this video featuring an in-depth interview with drumming legend Vinnie Colaiuta. Vinnie discusses how the new Formula 602 Modern Essentials line of cymbals came to be, and he demos each cymbal.


Posted: January 10, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Jazz

We asked the members of the MD Education Team if they think it’s important for their students to study jazz. Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: September 21, 2012

Category: Drummers, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Traditional Grip

Is traditional grip a useful technique that drum students should learn? We asked the members of the MD Education Team if they think traditional grip is relevant in today’s teachings. Here’s what they had to say.


Posted: September 21, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Hey, all, Russell Simins from the one and only Blues Explosion here. I play drums and write music with bandmates Jon Spencer and Judah Bauer, two of the greatest guitarists I know, and I know a lot of them.


Posted: July 17, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Curtis Marrero of Milo Greene

My name is Curtis Marrero, aka Tron—or as my bandmates in Milo Greene would say, Tronaldy! Our self-titled debut album comes out today, and I’m very excited for people to hear it.


Posted: June 7, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons
Of Gasoline & Groceries: Economic Survival Tips for the Working Drummer

I’m no doomsayer stockpiling toilet paper, bottled water, and Spam, waiting for Armageddon. But I’m acutely aware that gasoline and grocery bills have taken a significantly larger cut out of my income. Granted, gas prices have dipped for now, but there’s no way to predict if and when they’ll spike …


Posted: June 6, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Encore: Max Roach
Percussion Bitter Sweet

This album comprises forty minutes of strong personal vision—and represents some of Max’s best post-bop drumming. And Max’s musical foreshadowing was correct: The new decade was to be both tumultuous and inspiring. (continue reading)


Posted: May 31, 2012

Category: Drummers, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Teaching Feel

We asked the MD Education Team if feel could be taught. See what they had to say….


Posted: May 8, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Paul Motian: 1931-2011

Photo by Robert Lewis. He showed us new ways to think about jazz drumming. There will never be another like him. by Michael Parillo On a dark night at the Village Vanguard, the audience snakes slowly down the long staircase and settles in at tiny tables, squeezed together nice and …


Posted: April 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Pete Lockett’s Rajasthan Collaboration: Percussion Breakdown Featuring Gafoor Khan and Kutla Khan

World-renowned percussionist Pete Lockett recently travelled to Rajasthan, India, to explore the Indian folk music tradition. (continue)


Posted: March 6, 2012

Category: Back Through the Stack, Drummers, Feature Stories
Back Through The Stack:
Simon Phillips, December 1986

This is an excerpt of an article that originally ran in the December1986 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


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 10, 2012

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Mel Lewis: A Quiet Fire

For big band great Mel Lewis, the drums were his easy chair and the band his hearth. He was the fire.


Posted: January 3, 2012

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
13 Tons Of Heavy

A baker’s dozen of the best hard rock albums released over the past year.


Posted: December 6, 2011

Category: Book Review, Drummers, Reviews
Rifftide: The Life
and Opinions of
Paoa Jo Jones

As Told To Albert Murray

The father of modern drumming kept his bag of tricks safely hidden. Thank goodness his playing spoke for itself.


Posted: December 1, 2011

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories
Mike Watt: Pouncing on Opportunities

Mike Watt is a flesh-and-blood superhero to anyone who’s followed the do-it-yourself alternative music scene over the past twenty-five years. This interview originally ran in the December 2006 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


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: November 22, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Paul Motian: Embracing The Past, Forging the Future

An interview with post-bop master Paul Motian, which ran in the April 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


Posted: November 3, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Billy Higgins: The Shape of Jazz

Billy Higgins, who would come to play on more than five hundred albums, including three of the biggest jazz crossover hits of the 1960s (Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man,??? Lee Morgan’s “The Sidewinder,??? and Eddie Harris’s “Freedom Jazz Dance???), was born in 1936 and grew up in Los Angeles. He began …


Posted: October 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Ian Paice: Influence

MD Pro Panelist Daniel Glass on the magic of Deep Purple’s Ian Paice.


Posted: October 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Tony Allen: Afrobeat Innovator

Tony Allen, who along with vocalist/activist Fela Kuti created one of groove music’s most glorious subgenres, Afrobeat, deserves a place on the list of the greatest funk drummers of all time. For more than forty years he has been honing a distinctive style that crackles with vitality, pulsates with rhythmic …


Posted: October 2, 2011

Category: Book Review, DVD/Video Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes
by Florian Alexandru-Zorn

The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes sets the bar for one-stop brush manuals.


Posted: September 2, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer/Teacher Nucleo Vega

My name is Nuc, and I’m a drummer, educator, and Mel Bay author in the Washington, D.C., area. I’m working on a project that involves drum melody…


Posted: September 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Felipe Torres 2011 Blog

Hello, Modern Drummers, and thanks again for checking out my blog! Felipe Torres here. It’s been a while since I checked in, and I wanted to share with you some of the fun and amazing things that I’ve experienced this year thanks to my drums…


Posted: July 25, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Chris St. Hilaire of London Souls

Hello! Ahh…drums! How else can you smash heads with a stick and not go to jail? I started playing at about fourteen years old, when my dad got me my first drumkit. It was a Groove Percussion kit, and I really beat the thing to a pulp…


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: May 27, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Remembering “The Chapin Magic”

Modern Drummer’s 2011 Readers Poll Hall of Fame inductee is the late drummer/educator Jim Chapin, who passed away in 2009.


Posted: April 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Jimmy Cobb: Kind Of Blue And Beyond

Jimmy Cobb was one of the most popular drummers of the late 1950s. He began playing at an early age and found his influences among the bop pioneers. “Max Roach was the hippest music going,??? remembers Cobb. “I also listened to Kenny Clarke, Shadow Wilson, and Sid Catlett. Then a …


Posted: December 17, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jimmy Bralower: Web Exclusive

Jimmy Bralower was born to make records. The drummer started playing at a very young age, and by the time he was in his early teens, his first band, the Young Ones, had signed a deal with a major label. In the ensuing years Bralower worked his way from clubs …


Posted: December 3, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Tiny Kahn: His Own Kind Of Chops

The bop era of the ’40s saw the arrival of several somewhat lesser-known drummers. One of the most important was Tiny Kahn. “Tiny and I were both advocates of the small group approach to big band playing,” said Mel Lewis. “He played basically the same with Stan Getz’s small group …


Posted: November 23, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Richie Hayward: The MD Interviews, Part 2

Interview by Robyn FlansRead the Little Feat drummer’s cover feature from October 1995. MD: You have a unique playing style with Little Feat. Can you describe that style and where it came from? Richie: My style has grown with the band. It started out heavily influenced by blues, rock ’n’ …


Posted: November 2, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
John Riley : Master Player/Master Teacher

John Riley, one of the most respected drummer/educators of the past thirty years, was born in 1954, and began playing drums at the age of eight. At twelve Riley began playing in rock bands and was first exposed to jazz via the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max …


Posted: September 29, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Narada Michael Walden: Web Exclusive

by Billy Amendola More—way more—with the fusion and pop maestro. In a continuation of our interview with Narada Michael Walden from the November 2010 issue of Modern Drummer, the fusion and pop drumming/producing maestro reflects on his early days, teaching, spirituality, playing in odd time signatures, and coming full circle …


Posted: September 16, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Shadow Wilson: Unsung Hero Of ’40s/’50s Jazz

Though not a major influence in the same sense as Max Roach and Kenny Clarke, Shadow Wilson was nonetheless in considerable demand during the ’40s, and he fit in admirably with all the groups he played with during his relatively brief career….


Posted: June 23, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mike Clark Carnival Of Soul

A big shout-out to my MD fans, and thanks for stopping by. Last year’s Blueprints Of Jazz, Vol. I (Talking House Records) was honored by Downbeat as one of the best CDs of the decade. While that put a big smile on my face—it was a fantastic project, and the …


Posted: May 11, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Darren King of MUTEMATH: YouTube Favorites

I don’t care so much about difficulty or technicality. I like style, passion, creativity, and all that kind of stuff. Here are some videos that always challenge and inspire me no matter how many times I watch them….


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: 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: December 31, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Chick Webb: The First True Drumming Idol

Chick Webb simultaneously defined drumming during the swing era, while also paving the way for the “modern??? jazz movement of the 1940s…


Posted: December 15, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, The Greats
Warren “Baby??? Dodds: The World’s First Great Jazz Drummer

After leaving Oliver, Dodds worked with Freddie Keppard, Johnny Dodds, and Lil Armstrong, and later recorded with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven…


Posted: December 10, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Max Roach: Setting Standards And Raising Bars

If you were to ask any jazz historian to name who they feel is most responsible for setting the standards in bebop drumming, 99.9% of the time you’re going to get one name: Max Roach.


Posted: December 3, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Philly Joe Jones: One Of The Greatest Hard Boppers

Philly Joe Jones is one of the greatest of the hard boppers. His contributions to the art of jazz drumming are immeasurable. He was a virtuoso with a pair of brushes, and a genius at turning the rudiments into fluent musical ideas. More than any of his peers, it was …


Posted: November 24, 2009

Category: Feature Stories
On Tour And On Stage: 9 Lives (+9, +9 More)

On Tour And On Stage: 9 Lives (+9, +9 More). MD’s editors just can’t keep a list of their favorite albums short–even in service of a can’t-resist pun. Twenty-seven live albums you gotta have.


Posted: September 3, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Municipal Waste and Burnt By The Sun Drummer Dave Witte: Exclusive In-The-Studio Performance

When photographer Scott Kincaid shot Municipal Waste drummer Dave Witte for the October issue of Modern Drummer, he brought along his video camera and filmed Dave playing along to two tracks. Here Dave gives us the rundown of his approach to tracks by Municipal Waste and Burnt By The Sun.


Posted: August 20, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Remembering Jim Chapin

The venerable drum teacher passed away this July 4, leaving behind thousands of acolytes–and a million great stories. In this companion to the In Memoriam in the October issue of MD, we hear from some of Chapin’s many friends and drumming disciples.


Posted: June 10, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rob Bujak of Nova

I am currently drumming for the band Nova, out of San Francisco. I'm gonna have to admit that I have an obsession with drums; all I do is think about drumming.


Posted: May 18, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Brian Chase: An Appetite For Adventure

As a Web-only bonus, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer pontificates on listening, sounding how you want to sound, and working with a click….


Posted: April 23, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Steve Smith: Head, Hands, Feet, And “Shoulders???

Hudson Music has recently released Steve Smith’s DVD Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, which Smith describes as “a detailed look at the drumming of some of the jazz giants who have helped create the vocabulary and concepts of drumming in general.???


Posted: March 12, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jon Wilkes from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Hi, I am a drumaholic! I’m from Florida and play with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.


Posted: February 26, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rhythmm Epkins

I am currently the drummer and backup vocalist for The English Beat in America.


Posted: January 23, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Earl Palmer Remembered

In drumming, the terms legendary and innovator are thrown around far too often. Yet Earl Palmer deserves both of these titles.


Posted: January 12, 2009

Category: Feature Stories, What We're Listening To
Great Drum Parts = GENIUS

The March issue of MD (out now) features Billy Ward’s fascinating conversation with Simon Phillips, Doane Perry, Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang, and Jerry Marotta about the grooves that inspired them to play drums early on, and that continue to today. It seemed to make perfect sense for MD’s editors to …


Posted: April 15, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Daniel Freedman

I’ve had a couple of experiences recently that you might find interesting. I’ve been co-leading a band called Third World Love with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Omer Avital, and pianist Yonatan Avishai….


Posted: December 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jason Bonham

Jason Bonham was born on July 15, 1966, to parents Pat Phillips and John Henry Bonham. Most rock fans are familiar with the story of Jason’s father and the gargantuan impact he made on music and on drumming. But many are unfamiliar with Jason’s journey to rock stardom, from his …


Posted: November 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jojo Mayer: Revealing the Secret

For years, Jojo Mayer has been regarded as a drumming shaman, a man of mystery, a technical guru existing on the outer reaches of traditional drumming logic….


Posted: November 5, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
George Hurley

George Hurley is best known for playing in a predominantly structured environment with punk pioneers The Minutemen in the ’80s, and later in fIREHOSE. But has opted for a taste of the improvised life lately, as the rhythmic backbone in the experimental outfit The Unknown Instructors….


Posted: October 19, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, The Greats
Max Roach

Simply put, Max Roach brought jazz drumming into the modern age. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell revolutionized jazz with new melodies and concepts; Max matched these musical geniuses with startling rhythms and reactive, action-packed drumming that still influences drummers on a profound level today….


Posted: September 19, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Tony Allen: Afrobeat Legend

As the most important drummer in African music, Tony Allen provided the Afrobeat pulse for Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70s band and recorded a clutch of solo albums. Currently Allen works for UK supergroup The Good, The Bad, And The Queen, which features Blur’s Damon Albarn and The Clash’s Paul Simonen….


Posted: April 17, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Marco Minnemann: Beyond Chops

A new breed of drummer has emerged over the past decade. This elite group of international super-drummers has changed the face of drumming and raised the bar on speed, ambidextrous technique, soloing, stick tricks, multi-pedal coordination, and independence to levels that seem unimaginable to most drummers….


Posted: September 25, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Joe Morello: Revisiting A Master

The Dave Brubeck Quartet was the most popular jazz group of that time. “Take Five,” featuring a drum solo by Joe Morello, was a million-seller. This group toured the world playing concerts instead of location club gigs. I can’t think of one jazz group today that approaches the level of …


Posted: July 1, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steve Gadd: Opens Up

The drumming legend gives his most revealing interview.


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Drumming With the Velvet Underground, Part 1: Billy Yule

With this week’s news of the passing of singer/songwriter/guitarist Lou Reed, millions of fans are grieving, while millions more people are learning for the first time how gargantuan an influence the New York musician and his ’60s band the Velvet Underground have had on rock music….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, The Greats
Louie Bellson A Lifetime Of Greatness

When one of the greatest drummers of all time turns eighty, celebrations are held all over the country – from coast to coast for months.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chico Hamilton

Chico has released nearly fifty albums as a leader, including his newest release, Foreststorn, on the Koch Jazz label. The title of the album is Chico’s own given first name, as well as that of his son, who died shortly before the album was completed.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mark Johnson

Do those canary-yellow drums look familiar? That’s because they belonged to the late Tony Williams, who gave them to trumpeter Wallace Roney….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
The Artistry of Joe La Barbera

You have to be careful who you show off in front of, as Joe La Barbera learned early in his career. “I was working with a singer named Frankie Randall,” Joe recalls. “He had an offer to open for Buddy Rich in Las Vegas for a month. So I was …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jack DeJohnette

Jack DeJohnette has remained one of the world’s premier drummers by always looking forward, and never losing the passion. Oh, and by playing some of the most uniquely beautiful drums ever.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Education Team Members, Feature Stories, Update
Steve Fidyk

An impressive feature of Steve Fidyk’s drumming on the new CD A Perfect Match by The Taylor/Fidyk Big Band is the wide range of styles covered….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Ian Froman

Ferocious! That’s Ian Froman live with Dave Liebman, Rick Margitza, and his own band, Metalwood. If Froman kept a proper scrapbook, instead of envelopes strewn about his Greenwich Village co-op, it would be bulging with clippings exclaiming much the same thing….



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