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News: Mini-Documentary Follows Questlove as He Brings the Funk to Havana, Cuba

Okayplayer Films followed Roots/Tonight Show drummer and Okayplayer founder, Questlove, as he journeyed to Havana, Cuba, where he engaged in extensive cultural research by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most of…

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May 13, 2015

In the Pocket: “Rock Steady??? Demystified (VIDEO)

This article is an excerpt from the April 2015 issue, which can be purchased here.  In the Pocket “Rock Steady” Demystified Four Steps to Mastering Advanced Funk Grooves by Jim Payne Have you ever checked out Bernard Purdie’s beat on…

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Feb 26, 2015

VIDEO! Product Close-Up: Bosphorus Lyric Series Cymbals (From the September 2014 Issue)

by Dylan Wissing The new Lyric series from the Turkish company Bosphorus was designed in close collaboration with modern jazz heavyweight Ari Hoenig. For those not yet introduced, Hoenig has a fiercely individual approach to jazz drumming, which is borne…

Modern Drummer
Aug 13, 2014

Marc Cary Focus Trio Four Directions

One of today’s most original and innovative pianists, Marc Cary embraces the whole of jazz history as well as diverse “world” elements. Playing predominantly acoustic piano along with Rhodes and subtle synth touches, Cary shapes intriguing harmonies and captivating melodies…

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Feb 4, 2014

Dumpstaphunk Dirty Word

Dumpstaphunk pays tribute to funk groundbreakers such as Parliament/Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone, but with an updated sound that’s peppered with rock and second line. The nuclear driver is drummer Nikki Glaspie. Laying down hard-slamming yet finessed time,…

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Jan 16, 2014

In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 3: Funk (September 2013 issue) UPDATED

September 2013 In the Studio Seeing Sounds Part 3: Funk by Donny Gruendler Funk drumming is synonymous with masters like James Brown’s Clyde Stubblefield, Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi, P-Funk’s Tiki Fulwood, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith.…

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Jul 31, 2013

Stubblefield and Starks Webcast at

Memphis Drum Shop will host funk-drumming legends Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Starks in a free live webcast from studios on August 7, 2013 at 2 pm CST. Clyde Stubblefield (born April 18, 1943) is a best known for…

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Jul 24, 2013

Popular Play-Alongs, Part 5: Rap-Rock

March 2013 Jobbing Drummer Popular Play-Alongs Part: 5: Rap-Metal by Donny Gruendler In this series of articles we’ve focused on developing the proper performance technique, groove vocabulary, and sound to play a wide variety of tunes. In this final installment,…

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Jan 30, 2013

Popular Play-Alongs, Part 4: Dance-Rock

February 2013 Jobbing Drummer Popular Play-Alongs Part: 4: Dance-Rock by Donny Gruendler  In the last three play-along articles (July and October 2012 and January 2013), we focused on developing the proper performance technique, groove vocabulary, and sound to play alongside…

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Dec 28, 2012

Don Brewer

As heartland rock icon Bob Seger tours arenas across the United States, we revisit our September 1999 interview with his longtime sidekick Don Brewer, who’s beloved among drummers for his classic work with Grand Funk Railroad. by Adam Budofsky Don…

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Oct 28, 2011

Tony Allen: Afrobeat Innovator

Tony Allen, who along with vocalist/activist Fela Kuti created one of groove music’s most glorious subgenres, Afrobeat, deserves a place on the list of the greatest funk drummers of all time. For more than forty years he has been honing…

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Oct 18, 2011

Jim Capaldi: Traffic’s Reluctant Drum Wonder

Jim Capaldi, best known as drummer, singer, and lyricist with the British band Traffic, was one of the most identifiable and multi-talented musicians to come of age at the tail end of the British Invasion of the mid-’60s. Hooking up…

Modern Drummer
Sep 29, 2010

Chad Sexton: Tying Together 311’s Collage Of Sound

Chad Sexton anchors 311’s prog- and reggae-influenced rock with tight hi-hat/snare/bass grooves and throbbing half-time rhythms. While 311 can technically be classified as an alternative rock band, their style encompasses elements of funk, rap, metal, ska, and jazz. For a…

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Jun 30, 2010

Jon Radford of the Dynamites

Hello, Modern Drummer readers, my name is Jon Radford and I play drums for the Dynamites featuring Charles “Wigg” Walker, a funk and soul band out of Nashville, Tennessee. First let me say how honored I am to be asked…

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Oct 11, 2009