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News: Round Hill Music Announces Worldwide Administration Deal with Drummer Adam Deitch

Round Hill Music has entered a worldwide administration deal with Grammy-nominated writer/producer/drummer Adam Deitch. Deitch has shared the stage and penned tunes with R&B sensation Ledisi, hip-hop mogul 50 Cent, and jazz legend John Scofield. After touring extensively, Deitch decided…

Modern Drummer
Aug 7, 2015

Listen to the Drumming on Spotify: Great Tracks From MD’s November Issue

Our November 2014 Spotify Playlist features a typically diverse selection of tracks. This month we take particularly good care of all of you R&B and heavy-rock fans. We start things off “Bodyguard,” the opening track from soul legend Betty Wright’s…

Modern Drummer
Oct 9, 2014

Drumerica Is Open to All Young Jazz, Rock, Latin, Metal And R&B Drummers

No matter what style of music they play, aspiring drummers can show their talent, skill and personality by participating in the 2014 Drumerica drumming contest. Entry in the newly-created National Competition for Young Drummers is free and open to all…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2014

Marvin McQuitty Jr. at the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival

Marvin McQuitty Jr., who passed away on September 11, 2012, worked with nearly every major artist in the gospel genre, including Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Israel Houghton, Maurette Brown Clark, and Kirk Franklin. McQuitty’s father was a drummer,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 20, 2013

R&B Drumming Legend Ray Lucas: Props From Peers

Ray Lucas is one of the unsung heroes of American music. An early accomplice of Jimi Hendrix, Lucas spent long hours jamming and performing on stage with the future guitar god. He also backed many of the top R&B and…

Modern Drummer
May 29, 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

John Bonham: The Soul Of Rock Drumming

The greatest rock ’n’ roll drummer in history was a soul drummer. Despite all the deserved attention paid to his brilliant soloing ideas, his rhythmic sophistication, or his bass drum prowess, John Bonham was, above all else, a groover. Drummers…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2010

Al Jackson Jr.: The Impeccable Groover

As a member of the house band at famed Memphis recording studio Stax, Al Jackson Jr. played on all of the classic hits that the label released during the heyday of southern R&B in the 1960s. Jackson and the powerful…

Modern Drummer
Mar 29, 2010

Brian Frasier-Moore: Born to Play

by Robyn Flans “I am not much impressed by drummers these days; I always end up preferring drum loops to live drummers. But when Brian plays, you pay attention.”–Madonna Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Ciara, Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Babyface, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet…

Modern Drummer
Sep 27, 2008

Brian Frasier-Moore

Philly born and raised Brian Frasier-Moore has been supplying the beat for Christina Aguilera since the beginning of her career. Not only is he thrilled to be her drummer, he also appreciates the relationship they've cultivated. "We're best friends," Brian…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004