Dave Tough

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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

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…

Modern Drummer
Sep 16, 2010

Dave Tough: Different—And In Demand

The inimitable Dave Tough controlled every band in which he worked with near-perfect timekeeping and his own distinct, buoyant style. Very much influenced by Baby Dodds, his primary concerns were musicality, maintaining an unwavering pulsation, and integrating the ensemble performance.…

Modern Drummer
Jul 16, 2010

O’Neil Spencer: Show Drumming’s Shooting Star

Solidly rooted in the Sid Catlett school of drumming was O’Neil Spencer, a somewhat lesser-known player who nonetheless had a significant effect on the musicians he played with and the drummers who heard him. Spencer was born in Cedarville, Ohio,…

Modern Drummer
Jun 7, 2010