Buddy Rich

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Gregg Potter with the Buddy Rich Big Band

Hello, Modern Drummer readers, this is Gregg Potter. It’s been a while since I’ve graced the pages or computer screens of MD. This is definitely a high point of any drummer’s existence, being allowed to communicate with the coolest, most…

Modern Drummer
Jan 4, 2012

LaMel Randolph of Lionize

Hello, MD readers! My name is LaMel Randolph; I play drums in the band Lionize, based out of Silver Spring, Maryland. This year we released our latest album, Destruction Manuel, we played the Warped tour and Bonnaroo Festival, and we’re…

Modern Drummer
Sep 6, 2011

Shakerleg of the Kin

I hate drumsticks. Well, that certainly came out wrong. I love the way they sound, but not when I operate them, or rather, the way I am unable to operate them. When I was twenty-one and living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,…

Modern Drummer
Aug 30, 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

Henry Adler : Legendary Drum Teacher

Drumming pioneer, music retailer, author, and teacher Henry Alder was born in New York on June 28, 1915. His first professional playing job took place when he was fifteen years old at the Belmar Hotel in New Jersey. He subsequently…

Modern Drummer
Feb 4, 2011
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Kyle Young of Maddam Ink

It all started in fifth grade music class. Everyone had to learn how to play 8th and 16th notes by tapping drumsticks on an old textbook, and if you had the guts to get up in front of the class,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 4, 2010

Charli Persip Update

Charli Persip was born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1929, and began playing on the fertile Newark, New Jersey, jazz scene after graduating high school. Following a number of rough tours on the infamous Chitlin’ Circuit with musicians like blues…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2010

Slightly Offbeat: Buddy Rich, Meet Eric Fischer

In the April 2010 issue of Modern Drummer the latest installment of our Slightly Offbeat column features Michigan drummer Eric Fischer, who’s found a creative, entertaining, and educational way to pay tribute to the incredible Buddy Rich. Using video of…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2010

Bobby Rosengarden: The Stylish Rhythm Of TV’s Golden Age

Bobby Rosengarden was a well-traveled and well-recorded drummer whose career spanned the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s and included work with musical giants such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, and Astrud Gilberto. But Rosengarden…

Modern Drummer
Jan 29, 2010

Buddy Rich: The World's Greatest Drummer

Buddy Rich has been called the greatest jazz drummer of all time—a statement that few would argue with. Buddy was born on September 30, 1917, and his drumming career spanned seven decades, beginning when he was just eighteen months old…

Modern Drummer
Dec 4, 2009

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…

Modern Drummer
Dec 3, 2009

Steve Smith Update

There have been some major changes lately in Steve Smith’s two touring bands. “Over the past eight years Buddy’s Buddies has developed a unique ‘small big band’ sound and direction,” Steve explains. “We’ve moved away from exclusively playing music associated…

Modern Drummer
Aug 25, 2006
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The Artistry of Joe La Barbera

Photo by Tom Marcello "But Buddy treated me great," Joe quickly adds. "I saw the other side of the Buddy people talk about when they refer to those tapes where he's ranting and raving. We were sharing a dressing room,…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004

Louie Bellson A Lifetime Of Greatness

"Young drummers should learn the history of the instrument. You have to know where you came from in order to know where you're going." When one of the greatest drummers of all time turns eighty, the celebrations continue all over…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004
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