Buddy Rich

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Collection of Rare Buddy Rich Recordings Set To Be Released As "Trios" Album

Lightyear entertainment and the Buddy Rich estate have announced the release of Trios, a collection of rare recordings showcasing jazz legend Buddy Rich's intimate three-man interludes performed within his renowned "killer force" big band concerts. Despite being a staple in his…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2023

Drumming’s Biggest Names To Play LIVE Tribute to Their Big Band Heroes

Seven All-Star Drummers Including Peter Erskine, Dennis Chambers, Russ Miller and Steve Smith will Perform October 20 and 21 HITKOR (www.hitkor.com) today announced its first-ever charity event which will take place over two days in mid-October. “A Salute to the…

Modern Drummer
Oct 13, 2022

Episode 240: How to Play Polyrhythms, Who’s the Greatest?, Evans UV2 Drumheads, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss how to understand three-against-four and six-against-four polyrhythms. They also discuss who should be in contention for the unofficial title of the world’s greatest drummer. Next up, shares his experience comparing the new Evans…

Modern Drummer
Apr 23, 2020

Gregg Potter of the Buddy Rich Band

Shares Latest Shows and Honors Hello Modern Drummer readers! The last time I had the honor of gracing the MD “On The Beat” was back in January 2012. “Welcome Back Potter!” For you new readers, I have been the drummer…

Modern Drummer
Jun 13, 2019

On The Beat with DW Founder Don Lombardi: Remembering Buddy and His DW Kit

Hello everyone! I loved the timeline tribute MD did on Buddy Rich in the September 2017 issue. One hundred years from now drummers will still be learning and be amazed by his mastery of the instrument. After reading, it got…

Modern Drummer
Oct 26, 2017

On the Beat With David Frangioni: Inspired by Carl Palmer

Hello Modern Drummer readers, fellow drummers, and music lovers. My name is David Frangioni and I’ve been playing the drums since I was two years old. Doing the math, that gives me about forty-five plus years of drum time. As…

Modern Drummer
Jun 15, 2016

Time Check - A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion

www.lajazzinstitute.org     Festival Details Big Bands and Small Groups featuring Buddy Rich Alumni All Star Alumni Bands performing the original Buddy Rich arrangements A gathering of some of the world’s greatest drummers  Bonus concert for early registrants (very limited…

Modern Drummer
May 13, 2016

VIDEO - Peter Criss Modern Drummer Web Exclusive

      Peter Criscuola, a founding member of Kiss, AKA Peter “Catman” Criss and one of rock’s influential drumming legends, will be respectfully acknowledged April 2014, when he and bandmates Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley are inducted…

Modern Drummer
Feb 19, 2014

VIDEO - In the Studio With Actor/Drummer Michael Chiklis

    In this video, drummer/actor Michael Chiklis takes Modern Drummer into his state-of-the art recording studio and performance space, which will be the hub for all his musical projects in the future. MD sat down for a two-part series…

Modern Drummer
Feb 7, 2014

December 2012 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Buddy Rich!

(available on newsstands November 11, 2012) On the Cover BUDDY RICH Twenty-five years after his passing, MD reevaluates the man many still call “the World’s Greatest Drummer.” Jeff Potter tells Buddy’s life story, Steve Fidyk analyzes some classic performances, and Ken Micallef quizzes…

Modern Drummer
Nov 5, 2012

Buddy Rich: Style & Analysis

Buddy’s Best by Steve Fidyk Buddy Rich was the first jazz drummer I saw perform live as a kid, and experiencing his intensity in a club at such a young age left a deep impression on me. It’s an understatement…

Modern Drummer
Oct 17, 2012

Gregg Potter on the “You’re No Buddy??? Tour 2012

Hello, Modern Drummer readers. This is Gregg Potter. I last spoke to you in January. At that time, I was just beginning this Buddy Rich odyssey, which to this day still feels like a dream. No, not a nightmare; a…

Modern Drummer
Aug 17, 2012

Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich Drum Battle on The Sammy Davis Jr. Show

Dig this clip from The Sammy Davis Show in 1966 featuring a drum battle between Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Notice at 1:48 as Sammy, a drummer himself, chuckles at Buddy as he mimes Krupa’s crossover antics. Gene Krupa &…

Modern Drummer
Apr 24, 2012

Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert

The Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert takes place for the first time in the UK at the London Palladium on 2nd April 2012. The  lineup is confirmed as Dave Weckl,  John Blackwell and Gregg Potter from the USA and Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Gavin Harrison and Elliott Henshaw from the…

Modern Drummer
Feb 22, 2012