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Famed Jazz Drummer Billy Hart to Conduct Free “Evolution of Contemporary Jazz Drumming” Zoom Presentation

On Sunday, July 19, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, world-renowned drummer and educator Billy Hart will conduct a free Zoom presentation, “The Evolution of Contemporary Jazz Drummers.” Hart has recorded over six hundred albums, including seminal dates with Miles Davis,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2020

Video Lesson! Rhythmic Conversions, Part 2 - Getting Creative Around the Kit

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the August 2016 issue, which is available here. Jazz Drummer's Workshop Rhythmic Conversions Part 2: Getting Creative Around the Kit In this lesson, we’ll focus on variations of the…

Modern Drummer
Jun 30, 2016

VIDEO! Jazz Drummer’s Workshop: Shifting Sands (From the May 2014 Issue)

http://youtu.be/IVXHAhRfxb0 by Steve Fidyk Transitioning from one time signature, tempo, or musical style to another is a very common technique in modern jazz. These shifts are often referred to as metric modulations, where a specific note value from the current…

Modern Drummer
Apr 7, 2014

Paul Motian: Embracing The Past, Forging the Future

by Burt Korall Following is an interview with post-bop master Paul Motian, which ran in the April 2005 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Paul Motian’s place in jazz drumming history is secure. His classic performances in the 1960s with mainstream…

Modern Drummer
Nov 22, 2011

Roy Haynes: The Hippest Of The Hip

It’s taken the jazz community nearly half a century to catch up with the inventive and super-hip stylings of Roy Haynes — the oft-proclaimed “father of modern drumming.” Nowadays, you don’t have to look too hard to spot Haynes’ influence…

Modern Drummer
Dec 17, 2009

Ray Bauduc: His Own Inimitable Style

Strongly influenced by both Baby Dodds and Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc was Singleton’s counterpart in the white Dixieland revival. His style was an intriguing combination of vaudeville, ragtime, and the basic New Orleans rhythms he’d grown up absorbing. Bauduc was…

Modern Drummer
Dec 11, 2009

Philly Joe Jones: One Of The Greatest Hard Boppers

Philly Joe Jones is one of the greatest of the hard boppers. His contributions to the art of jazz drumming are immeasurable. He was a virtuoso with a pair of brushes, and a genius at turning the rudiments into fluent…

Modern Drummer
Dec 3, 2009

Joe Morello: Revisiting A Master

  By John Riley In the '50s and '60s, jazz groups had plenty of work. Most would do location gigs of two to nine weeks in a club before they would move to the next club in another city. This…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2006