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Joe Corsello in On The Beat

Joe talks about his years with Modern Drummer, Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins and more. Hello MD! To begin, in 1976 I received a phone call from a guy who said he was going to come out with a quarterly drum…

Modern Drummer
Jan 24, 2019

2012 Detroit Jazz Festival Releases Star-Studded Lineup

World's top jazz artists among the headliners for this year's festival The 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival will feature a lineup of today's greatest jazz performers. The artists at this year's festival have been nominated for more than 200 and…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 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 Guerin: All-Around Powerhouse

John Guerin was one of the most prolific and influential drummers of the L.A. studio scene, contributing to recordings by Frank Sinatra, the Byrds, Thelonious Monk, Lou Rawls, George Shearing, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, George Harrison, Nelson Riddle,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 4, 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

Han Bennink: Things No Drummer Has Ever Done

In his video, Solo, Dutch phenomenon Han Bennink does things no drummer has ever done in any performance, much less on video. Han ties ropes around a drumset and then crashes the drums and cymbals together like dominoes spinning in…

Modern Drummer
Dec 14, 2009

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

Billy Drummond

As a leader, Billy Drummond has recorded three albums that exemplify his past-meets-future approach, a style marked by an allegiance to yesterday’s jazz masters, but with a forward-thinking bent. The Gift, Dubai, and Native Colours show Drummond to be an…

Modern Drummer
Apr 25, 2008