Dexter Gordon

Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


Billy Higgins: The Shape of Jazz

Billy Higgins, who would come to play on more than five hundred albums, including three of the biggest jazz crossover hits of the 1960s (Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man,” Lee Morgan’s “The Sidewinder,” and Eddie Harris’s “Freedom Jazz Dance”), was born…

Modern Drummer
Nov 3, 2011

The Greats: Art Blakey

The origins of Blakey’s hard-swinging style can be traced back to his early years as the drummer in Fletcher Henderson’s big band, as well as his three-year tenure in the mid-’40s with Billy Eckstine’s experimental large bop band (featuring future…

Modern Drummer
Dec 22, 2009

Han Bennink: Things No Drummer Has Ever Done

In his video, Solo, Dutch phenomenon Han Bennink does things no drummer has ever done in any performance, much less on video. Han ties ropes around a drumset and then crashes the drums and cymbals together like dominoes spinning in…

Modern Drummer
Dec 14, 2009

Winard Harper

The Savant label has recently released Winard Harper's Come Into The Light. The CD was recorded live at Cecil's, a jazz nightclub owned by drummer/producer Cecil Brooks III in New Jersey. Not since Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers has…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004