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Exclusive Audio Premiere! The Title Track to R&B Legend Bernard Purdie’s Cool Down Album, Which Drops Tomorrow

Bernard Purdie, the famed drummer known for his work with Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, and hundreds of other top artists, is partnering with Modern Drummer on the audio premiere of “Cool Down,” the title track to his brand-new solo release.…

Modern Drummer
May 17, 2018

Episode 5: Polyrhythms, Drum Shell Properties, Bernard Purdie, Sabian’s Big and Ugly Series, and More

There are two main topics in this episode: polyrhythms and drum shell properties. Mike and Mike begin their talk on how the type of wood, amount of plies, and bearing edges can affect a drum’s overall sound. The conversation then shifts…

Modern Drummer
Aug 17, 2015

In the Pocket: “Rock Steady??? Demystified (VIDEO)

This article is an excerpt from the April 2015 issue, which can be purchased here.  In the Pocket “Rock Steady” Demystified Four Steps to Mastering Advanced Funk Grooves by Jim Payne Have you ever checked out Bernard Purdie’s beat on…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2015

April 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Bernard “Pretty??? Purdie

(Available digitally February 26, 2015; on newsstands March 3, 2015) On the Cover Bernard “Pretty” Purdie The depth and breadth of the legendary drummer’s career are simply astounding—and he’s not even close to slowing down.) - by Billy Amendola FEATURES…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2015

Bernard “Pretty??? Purdie Clinic and Concert, June 2, 2013

An educational clinic and concert, featuring Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and friends and the Pat Clark Band, will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 1 PM to 5 PM at the Darress Theatre located at 615 Main Street in…

Modern Drummer
May 29, 2013

Bernard Purdie Trio In Madison, NJ

The Bernard Purdie Trio will be performing at Shanghai Jazz restaurant in Madison, New Jersey from 7 pm to 11 pm on Saturday, September 8th. For more information and to make your reservation visit:

Modern Drummer
Sep 7, 2012

Dec Web Update News

L.A. session drummer Robin Diaz is an official member of Daughtry. You can hear Diaz on the band’s latest release, Break the Spell. For more, visit David Garfield has produced and reissued Brotherly Love, a solo project by Toto/session…

Modern Drummer
Dec 19, 2011

Nia Lovelis of Cherri Bomb

When I was really young my parents took me horseback riding, and the sound and feel of the rhythm got stuck in my head. It was then I knew I wanted to play drums. I come from a musical family:…

Modern Drummer
Oct 19, 2011

Buddy Miles: The Power Of Soul

George “Buddy” Miles—nicknamed after “the world’s greatest drummer,” Buddy Rich—was born in 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska, and got an early musical education listening to the jazz that was played at home. At the same time, Buddy was listening to the…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2011

Darren King of MUTEMATH: YouTube Favorites

Hi there, MD readers, Darren King here. 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…

Modern Drummer
May 11, 2010

Bernard Purdie: Funky Hit Maker For The Ages

Bernard “Pretty” Purdie was born on June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland, the eleventh of fifteen children. Bernard took an interest in rhythm at a very young age, and by the time he was fourteen he’d purchased his first real…

Modern Drummer
Mar 17, 2010