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Alphonse Mouzon Playlist

Alphonse Mouzon was among the premier drummers associated with the jazz-rock fusion movement of the 1970s. The genre was largely inspired by jazz iconoclast Miles Davis, and was furthered by many of the instrumentalists associated with the trumpeter’s groundbreaking late-’60s…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2016

Latin Percussion Icon Milton Cardona Remembered

  by Victor Rendón and Ken Ross   On September 19, 2014, Milton Cardona, a fixture of the New York salsa and Latin-jazz scene, passed away of heart failure. He was sixty-nine. Cardona, a Puerto Rican who grew up in…

Modern Drummer
Dec 19, 2014

Omar Hakim Video Fluid Time, Groove, and Listener Anticipation

“You don’t want to force it; you just want to be on the ride. Sometimes things that are repeated over and over again gain momentum.” Omar Hakim is talking about the track “Remember to Remember,” from his new solo album,…

Modern Drummer
Jun 11, 2014

International Jazz Day to be Celebrated with All-Star Concerts in Paris, New Orleans, and New York

Video Streams of all 3 Concerts Live on Jazz Day and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz On Friday, April 27, UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova and UNESCO goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancock will kick-off the first annual International Jazz Day with a full day of…

Modern Drummer
Apr 26, 2012

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

Modern Drummer Festival™ 2011 DVD

The Hudson Music team was on hand once again to capture all the action as the Modern Drummer Festival 2011 took place at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. In a program packed with amazing performances and insightful educational…

Modern Drummer
Oct 27, 2011

Back Through the Stack: Harvey Mason

“I never really thought of being a professional musician,” says Harvey Mason. “Music is something I did for fun and enjoyment, and coming from a poor family, there was no way I was going to do anything that wouldn’t make…

Modern Drummer
Sep 22, 2011

Charley Drayton: The All-Around Natural

By the time he was five, Charley Drayton knew exactly what he wanted to do in life. Born in Brooklyn, New York, into a successful musical family, Charley spent his childhood watching his dad, Bernard, work in recording studios. “I’d…

Modern Drummer
Sep 14, 2010

Sheila E: Way Beyond Latin

Sheila E, daughter of veteran percussionist Pete Escovedo, developed her natural talent by watching family members and friends gather in her home. Sheila was only eighteen when she carved her spot in music history, playing the hippest of gigs, like…

Modern Drummer
Apr 20, 2010

The Greats: Jack DeJohnette

When Jack DeJohnette hooked up with trendsetting trumpeter Miles Davis in 1969, the drummer was immediately thrust into the media spotlight as he became a main rhythmic catalyst behind Davis’s revolutionary electronic jazz sound. With that band, Jack appeared on…

Modern Drummer
Apr 7, 2010

Billy Hart: Of Unsung Heroes and Jazz Giants

This article is an excerpt from the July 2005 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Check your newsstands today to read the full article. by Ken Micallef Billy Hart is one of the unsung giants of jazz. He's recorded over six…

Modern Drummer
Jul 24, 2005