Ornette Coleman

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EVENT! Philly Drum Project “Beats, Brews, & Banter??? With C. Calvin Weston Tonight at 7 pm!

The Philly Drum Project recently moved its monthly “Beats, Brews, & Banter” drum hang from the RBar to Boot & Saddle on 1131 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The next meeting takes place tonight, August 4th, at 7 pm…

Modern Drummer
Aug 4, 2014

Renowned Fusion Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson Passes

Ronald Shannon Jackson died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, this past October 19. Jackson was a renowned drummer, composer, and bandleader who supported some of the giants of avant-garde jazz, including Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler.…

Modern Drummer
Oct 21, 2013

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: 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

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