Elvin Jones

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The November 2016 Modern Drummer Playlist

Listen to music from the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine, including cover artist Will Calhoun on a classic Living Colour track and paying tribute to Elvin Jones on his new solo album, Carmine Appice on a Vanilla Fudge nugget,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 28, 2016

Carl Allen: Learning From the Giants

  By Jeff Potter In the August print issue of Modern Drummer magazine, on sale now, topflight jazz drummer Carl Allen is spotlighted in our “Catching Up With…” series, where he talks about one of his many ensembles, the Art…

Modern Drummer
Jun 30, 2016

VIDEO LESSON! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills, Part 1

This post is an excerpt from the complete article that appears in the May 2015 issue. Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills Part 1: Creating a Rolling Melodic Feel Using Basic Stickings by John Xepoleas In this lesson I’m going…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2015

JazzCity Presents a Chicago Celebration of Elvin Jones

On December 12, at 7pm, a gathering of Chicago greats will come together to pay tribute to drummer Elvin Jones. The final performance in the 2014 JazzCity schedule is free and open to the public and will take place at…

Modern Drummer
Dec 3, 2014

Doug Yowell

Hello, MD readers. I’m currently in a session, which is where I spend a lot of time these days. I’m not great at talking about myself, but I’ve had many experiences and I hope this gives a glimpse of what…

Modern Drummer
Jan 18, 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

Rashied Ali : Coltrane’s Free Thinker

Rashied Ali was one of the progenitors of “free jazz” drumming, a stylization in which the typical guidelines and expectations of time and meter are ignored in favor of a looser approach that seeks to incorporate ideas of rhythm, melody,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 2, 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

Bill Laswell: Famed Bassist/Producer

Mention any major drummer of the past forty years, and Bill Laswell has shared a stage, studio, or rhythm section with him or her. Here the bassist/producer/remix engineer gives us his personal impressions of Tony Williams, Ginger Baker, Elvin Jones,…

Modern Drummer
May 8, 2010

Vinson Valega: New York City Jazzer

Hey there, MD readers! Thanks so much for checking out this blog entry. I’m happy to give a big shout-out from the New York City jazz scene, which is still going strong and attracting the most amazing musicians from all…

Modern Drummer
Apr 9, 2010

Elvin Jones: The Great Liberator

When Elvin Jones moved from his home town in Michigan to New York City in 1956, the jazz-listening world wasn’t quite ready for the drummer’s outer-space conception. His loping, circular sense of swing and abstract, barline-blurring breaks weren’t easy to…

Modern Drummer
Dec 9, 2009

On the Beat With Denny Seiwell Drummer

Hello, MD readers, this is Denny Seiwell letting you in on some info about me that is not too widely known. Obviously, my history is usually weighted with my years with Paul McCartney & Wings. I'd like to tell you…

Modern Drummer
Oct 25, 2008