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EUPHORIA Celebrates the Music of Composer/Drummer Chico Hamilton In Monthly Concert Series

Marking his 65th CD and final in-studio recording session, NEA jazz master and legendary composer/drummer Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton (1921-2013) shares his highly anticipated posthumous album The Inquiring Mind (Release Date: 2.25.14). Featuring his long-time quintet EUPHORIA, this 19-track album includes newly composed…

Modern Drummer
Mar 13, 2014

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers/Captain Beefheart Drummer Cliff Martinez Honored by BMI

The music-rights-management company BMI will present the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement to composer Cliff Martinez at the organization’s 2013 Film & Television Awards. The annual ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 15, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel…

Modern Drummer
Apr 11, 2013

Paul Motian: Embracing The Past, Forging the Future

by Burt Korall Following is an interview with post-bop master Paul Motian, which ran in the April 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Paul Motian’s place in jazz drumming history is secure. His classic performances in the 1960s with mainstream…

Modern Drummer
Nov 22, 2011

In Memoriam: Willie “Big Eyes??? Smith

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, one of the great practitioners of a true American art form, was lost to blues fans around the world when he passed on September 16, 2011. The harmonica player, drummer, singer, and composer, who gained international…

Modern Drummer
Oct 26, 2011

Darren Lyons — Evil Genius

Hi, MD readers! I’m a drummer/percussionist/composer/producer based in New York City. Recently I released the Darren Lyons Group CD Evil Genius, which was produced by David Sancious (Sting, Eric Clapton, solo artist). Manolo Badrena (Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Ahmad Jamal)…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2010

Brian Reitzell: Total Immersion In Sound

Brian Reitzell came to attention in the early ’90s as the drummer with LA pop-punk band Redd Kross, touring with them and playing on the albums Phaseshifter and Show World. As great as the music on those records is, though,…

Modern Drummer
Aug 19, 2010

Andrea Centazzo: The Drummer As Composer, Inventor, Writer…Searcher

Andrea Centazzo is not only one of Italy’s most revered drummers, he is also an active composer, filmmaker, multimedia artist, writer, and inventor. He acquired U.S. citizenship in 2000 and is now a Los Angeles resident. His recordings include more…

Modern Drummer
Jul 13, 2010

Tim Kuhl Drummer Blog

Hello, MD readers! My name is Tim Kuhl, and I’m a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been playing drums for over fifteen years. I record and play in several rock bands in NYC, including the Izzys, the…

Modern Drummer
Jun 26, 2009

Frank Briggs

Best known for his top-selling instructional book/DVD, The Complete Modern Drum Set, LA-based drummer/educator Frank Briggs exposes his jazz-fusion roots on his first solo recording, China Ranch ( Briggs displays fat, loose, and powerful Tony Williams–style technique and tone on…

Modern Drummer
Sep 27, 2008

Vince Ector

Hello to all! My name is Vince Ector, and I am a drummer/composer based out of the New York City area. I’m writing today from my hotel in Brignoles, France while waiting for transportation to the airport for our next…

Modern Drummer
Aug 7, 2008

Drummer/Leader Gunnar Waage

Hi, MD readers, this is Gunnar Waage. I am an independent drummer/composer and educator in Iceland. I'd like to tell you a little bit about my drumming and my music and give you a chance to listen to some material…

Modern Drummer
Nov 4, 2007

Jerome Dillon

For a solo album produced and composed by a drummer, one would anticipate involved drumming on each track, or at the very least, drums on every song. But in former Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon’s case, his nearLY project…

Modern Drummer
Aug 5, 2006