Patti LaBelle

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On The Beat with Mike Reid of Janet Jackson: Talks Motivation and Inspiration

Hello everyone! I would like to start off by giving a huge thanks to Modern Drummer for allowing me to share my experiences as a professional drummer. I am Mike Reid from Baltimore, Maryland and at the early age of…

Modern Drummer
Aug 14, 2018

Shed Sessions Worldwide New York Edition

Shed Sessions will be holding an event at the Hotel Courtyard at New York’s LaGuardia Airport this coming June 19. Featured will be drum clinics with Calvin Rodgers (Fred Hammond), Jamal Moore (Backstreet Boys, Natasha Bedingfield), Shariq Tucker (2014 Guitar…

Modern Drummer
May 5, 2015

John Blackwell Online Drum Lesson

John Blackwell, the sound behind Prince for twelve years, will be joining on March 24 for a free online drum lesson, entitled “Drumming Discipline & Improvisation,” starting at 4pm PDT. The lesson will be broadcasted over the Internet, and…

Modern Drummer
Mar 24, 2014

Chris Coleman: Amazing Journey

(January 2011 Issue) by Stephen Styles His is one of the most closely observed careers in R&B, fusion, gospel, and pop drumming, with acts like Israel Houghton & New Breed, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, Randy Brecker, and…

Modern Drummer
Feb 16, 2011

Chris Johnson — Touring With Rihanna

Yo, what up, MD? This is ya boy Chris Johnson from Los Angeles, California. Like many others in this field, I started playing in church—my dad’s church, to be exact. So I was always there to play, practice, and everything.…

Modern Drummer
Mar 16, 2010

Eric Seats Next Great Drummer Show

Hello all in MD land! I’m Eric Seats, drummer, producer, and creator of the Next Great Drummer show. A little bit about my background: I got my first taste of drumming from my dad, Leroy Seats, who is to this…

Modern Drummer
Mar 2, 2010

Percussionist Ramon Yslas

Hi, MD readers! I want to say hello and fill you all in on what I’m currently up to. I’ve been touring the U.S. with Colbie Caillat, promoting her latest CD, Breakthrough. After that I’ll be going to Europe with…

Modern Drummer
Nov 8, 2009

Eric Valentine: Firing It Up With Luke

Eric Valentine has always enjoyed performing with different people, so going from Patti LaBelle to former Toto six-stringer Steve Lukather wasn’t really a challenge for him, it was just another gig. “When I was growing up,” Valentine says, “I listened…

Modern Drummer
Dec 18, 2008

Cindy Blackman: The Lady Comes To Play

by Ken Micallef Last year, drumming dynamo Cindy Blackman left behind her big-ticket rock gig with Lenny Kravitz to unleash the jazz devil inside. Her drumming prowess is simply astounding–and is now finally on full display. Serial jazz and rock…

Modern Drummer
Apr 18, 2008