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2023 Readers Poll: Questlove Wins "R&B"

The winner of the “R&B” category in Modern Drummer‘s 2023 Readers Poll is… Questlove! Amir "Questlove" Thompson exemplifies the role of a "modern drummer" — he's a studied, multi-disciplinary artist committed to demonstrating the joys of rhythm in all its…

Modern Drummer
Sep 15, 2023

Episode 126: Weak Hand Exercises, Questlove, Meinl Pure Alloy Hi-Hats, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike share some of their favorite exercises for developing strength, speed, and control with the weaker hand. The featured artist is hip-hop drumming pioneer Questlove, who’s best known for his work with the Roots and…

Modern Drummer
Jan 19, 2018

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…

Modern Drummer
May 13, 2015

Guitar Center Celebrates New Times Square Store With The Roots Live In Concert

Guitar Center has announced the grand opening of the retailer’s brand new store location in world-renowned Times Square. The new store is located at 218 W. 44th St. and opens its doors at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014.  This opening coincides…

Modern Drummer
Jul 30, 2014

Questlove and Bobby McFerrin to Perform Together 

Roots drummer and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader Questlove will be performing with legendary vocalist Bobby McFerrin on Friday, June 13, at Town Hall in New York City. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. The performance, titled Mumbo Jumbo: Bobby McFerrin & Questlove in…

Modern Drummer
May 15, 2014

VIDEO - Steve Ferrone and Questlove Play “Pick Up the Pieces??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

  Check out this video of longtime Tom Petty drummer Steve Ferrone and the Roots’ Questlove playing “Pick Up the Pieces,” from Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals, which were held this past January 18. The song was the biggest hit…

Modern Drummer
Feb 20, 2014

Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate Life w/Bobby Z & Friends

Bobby Z & the American Heart Association proudly present the 2nd annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life The event will feature Bobby Z and his friends, including "Princess" (featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum), QuestLove, André Cymore, Dex Dickerson, Dr. Fink,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 7, 2013

Questlove Helps Bring Music Back to NYC Public Schools

Grammy Award winning artist to DJ at the Music Crossing Borders' 2nd Annual Take a TourTM Gala on Thursday, May 10th Questlove, of the Grammy Award–winning hip-hop collective the Roots, will guest DJ at Music Crossing Borders’ second annual Take a Tour gala, a…

Modern Drummer
Mar 21, 2012

Ryan Berty of SOJA

Hello, MD readers! If you had told me at age fifteen that I would grow up to be a professional drummer, I would have thought you were crazy. Playing drums seemed like the last thing I would be able to…

Modern Drummer
Feb 16, 2012

MD Readers Poll 2011 Results

Welcome once again to the MD Readers Poll, where the greatest drummers on the planet are honored by the most educated drum fans around. Let’s get right to it: the envelope, please…. HALL OF FAME Jim Chapin Jim Chapin likely…

Modern Drummer
Jul 1, 2011

June 2010 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring The Roots' Questlove

On the Cover The Roots' AMIR "QUESTLOVE" THOMPSON Their time on Fallon has left the hip-hop pioneers pumped and playing stronger than ever. Quest and Co. harnessed that energy, booked studio time, and produced the "live" R&B album of their…

Modern Drummer
May 10, 2010

Ahmir “Questlove" Thompson: Quest's Best

(June 2010 Issue) Hip-hop’s greatest band might be spending most of its energies rehearsing and performing on Fallon. But the Roots’ new album proves they’re still an awesome force in the studio. Here Quest, in his own words, gives us…

Modern Drummer
Apr 20, 2010