Stevie Wonder

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Lee Finkelstein of the Blues Brothers and Funk Filharmonik

Talking About Musical Heroes, Records, and Bands “You can come over to my house any time with that backbeat,” says guitarist John Tropea. “Lee’s band Funk Filharmonik reminds us of why we all started playing music in the first place,”…

Modern Drummer
Jun 25, 2019

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

VIDEO - Peter Criss Modern Drummer Web Exclusive

      Peter Criscuola, a founding member of Kiss, AKA Peter “Catman” Criss and one of rock’s influential drumming legends, will be respectfully acknowledged April 2014, when he and bandmates Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley are inducted…

Modern Drummer
Feb 19, 2014

Steely Dan Rhythm Section Clinic With Shannon Forrest

On Thursday, August 16th, Shannon Forrest will be joining the Steely Dan rhythm section (Jon Herington on guitar, Freddie Washington on bass and Jim Beard on keys) for a clinic in Sterling Heights, Michigan. All four have been touring across…

Modern Drummer
Aug 15, 2012

“Master Blaster (Jammin’)??? by Stevie Wonder

  This cut, originally released on Stevie Wonder’s 1980 album, Hotter Than July, is a tribute to Bob Marley. Stevie himself played drums on the original track; check out this live version from the 2009 DVD Live at Last featuring Stanley Randolph at…

Modern Drummer
Jun 26, 2012

Vince Wilburn Jr.

Hey, what’s happening, MD! This is Vince Wilburn Jr., recently back from winter NAMM 2012, where I got to see a lot of my good friends, witness some great music, and check out new, innovative products. It’s one of my…

Modern Drummer
Feb 3, 2012

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

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