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Greatest Drummers
'Jazz' ~ 'Rock' ~ 'Skilled'
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1. Buddy Rich
2. Elvin Jones
3. Max Roach
4. Roy Haynes
5. Jack DeJohnette
6. Tony Williams
7. Billy Cobham
8. Art Blakey
9. Joe Morello
10. Kenny Clarke
11. Gene Krupa
12. Dave Weckl
13. Harvey Mason
14. Peter Erskine
15. Chick Webb
16. Louis Bellson
17. Ed Blackwell
18. Bill Stewart
19. Steve Gadd
20. Papa Joe Jones
21. Connie Kay
22. Jeff "Tain" Watts
23. Philly Joe Jones
24. Paul Wertico
Alphonse Mouzon
25. Big Sid Catlett
26. Rashied Ali
27. Warren "Baby" Dodds
28. Bernard Purdie
29. Clayton Cameron
30. Don Alias
31. Alphonse Mouzon
32. Alex Acuna
33. Paul Motian
34. Vinnie Colaiuta
35. Narada Michael Walden
36. Chad Wackerman
37. Shelly Manne
38. Johnny Vidacovich
39. Lional Hampton
40. Art Taylor
41. Billy Higgins
42. Lewis Nash
43. John Robinson
44. Danny Gottlieb
45. Antonio Sanchez
46. Bill Bruford
47. Alan Dawson
48. Dannie Richmond
49. Dennis Chambers
50. Ed Shaughnessey
51. Airto
52. Kenny Wollesen
53. Brian Blade
54. Gary Husband
55. Steve Smith
56. Alex Riel
57. Al Foster
58. Ben Perowski
59. Lenny White
60. Bernie Dresel
61. Panama Francis
62. Louis Hayes
63. Sonny Payne
64. Ed Thigpen
65. Jeff Ballard
66. Jay Lane
67. Gary Novak
68. Billy Kilson
69. Jimmy Cobb
70. Idrus Muhammed
71. John Riley
72. Abe Laboriel Jr.
73. Joe LaBarbera
74. Mel Lewis
Louis Hayes
75. Andrew Cyrille
76. Stanton Moore
77. Adam Nussbaum
78. Ben Riley
79. Cecil Brooks III
80. Simon Phillips
81. Joel Taylor
82. Marvin 'Smitty' Smith
83. Harold Jones
84. T.S. Monk
85. Terry Bozzio
86. Frankie Dunlop
87. Ray Barretto
88. Billy Hart
89. Stan Levey
90. Tony Royster
91. Paul Barbarin
92. Joel Rosenblatt
93. Andre Ceccarelli
94. Martin Drew
95. John Guerin
96. Kenny Washington
97. Leon Parker
98. Luis Conte
99. Gene Jackson
100. Claude Ranger


1. Neil Peart (Rush)
2. John Bonham* (Led Zeppelin)
3. Carl Palmer (ELP)
4. Keith Moon* (The Who)
5. Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa)
6. Ginger Baker (Cream)
7. Hal Blaine (Session man)
8. Danny Carey (Tool)
9. Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
10. Earl Palmer (Session man)
11. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
12. Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
13. Benny Benjamin* (Funk Brothers)
14. Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
15. Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
16. Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
17. Stewart Copeland (The Police)
18. Bernard Purdie (Session)
19. Vinnie Colaiuta (Zappa)
20. Jeff Porcaro* (Toto)
21. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
22. David Garabaldi (Tower Of Power)
23. Ainsley Dunbar (Jeff Beck)
24. Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
25. Mike Shrieve (Santana)
26. Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)
27. Steve Smith (Journey)
28. Al Jackson* (The MGs)
29. Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)
30. Tim Alexander (Primus)
31. Jim Keltner (Session man)
32. Phil Collins (Genesis)
33. Cozy Powell* (Rainbow)
34. Simon Phillips (Toto)
35. Russ Kunkel (Session man)
36. Bobby Jarzombeck (Rob Halford)
37. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews)
38. Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters)
39. Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)
40. Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
41. Kenny Aronoff (Session man)
42. Alan White (Yes)
43. Mike Giles (King Crimson)
44. Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)
45. Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)
46. Mike Mangini (Extreme)
47. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
48. Roger Hawkins (Arethra Franklin/Session Man)
49. Bobby Elliot (The Hollies)
50. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
Chad Wakerman
51. BJ Wilson* Procul Harum)
52. Joe Franco (Good Rats)
53. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones)
54. Virgil Donati (Planet X)
55. Roger Taylor (Queen)
56. Chad Wackerman (Zappa)
57. Topper Headon (The Clash)
58. Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir)
59. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
60. Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
61. Gene Holgan (Death)
62. John Densmore (The Doors)
63. Max Weinberg (Springsteen)
64. Jabo Starks (James Brown)
65. Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
66. Jerry Allison (Crickets)
67. Phil Ehart (Kansas)
68. Chester Thompson (Santana)
69. Matt McDonoughe (Mudvayne)
70. Dean Castronovo (Journey)
71. Jon Theodore (Mars Volta)
72. Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
73. Ralph Humphrey (Mothers Of Invention)
74. Les Lester (Los Straightjackets)
75. Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy)
76. Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
77. Dick Richards (The Comets)
78. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle)
79. Stanton Moore (Galactic)
80. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
81. Ron Wilson (Surfaris)
82. Jack Irons (Pearl Jam)
83. Jim Gordon (Derek And The Dominoes)
84. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
85. Eddie Bayers (Session man)
86. Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani)
87. Dave Grohl (Nirvana)
88. Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow)
89. Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
90. Mike Bordin (Faith No More)
91. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
92. Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep)
93. Phil Selway (Radiohead)
94. Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio)
95. Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche)
96. Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
97. Nick Menza (Megadeth)
98. John Dalmayan (System Of A Down)
99. Travis Barker (Blink 182)
100. Ralph Salmins (Session man)

Mike Mangini

50 Most Skilled Drummers
1. Vinnie Colaiuta
2. Dave Weckl
3. Steve Gadd
4. Billy Cobham
5. Terry Bozzio
6. Bill Bruford
7. Buddy Rich
8. Neil Peart
9. Steve Smith
10. Tony Williams
11. Dennis Chambers
12. Carl Palmer
13. Gene Krupa
14. Ansley Dunbar
15. Mark Mondesir
16. Max Roach
17. Danny Carey
18. Mike Portnoy
19. Elvin Jones
20. Peter Erskine
21. Simon Phillips
22. Marco Minnemann
23. Jack DeJohnette
24. Virgil Donati
25. Chad Wackerman
26. Joe Morello
27. Dean Castronovo
28. Morgan Agren
29. Harvey Mason
30. Carter Beauford
31. Greg Bissonette
32. Thomas Lang
33. Bill Stewart
34. Mike Mangini
35. Art Blakey
36. Roy Haynes
37. Connie Kay
38. Tim Alexander
39. Paul Wertico
40. David Garibaldi
41. Louis Bellson
42. Rod Morgenstein
43. Bernard Purdie
44. Ed Blackwell
45. Horacio Hernandez
46. Jeff "Tain" Watts
47. Al Foster
48. Omar Hakim
49. Lewis Nash
50. Antonio Sanchez

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Mike Clark
Mike Clarke
American jazz - funk drummer, born in Sacramento, CA; he was a child prodigy, taking up his first sticks at the age of five and sitting in with bands in Texas and New Orleans when he was as young as 7 and 8. He continued to play in a variety of blues, R&B and jazz bands, before settling in Oakland, CA, and his introduction to Herbie Hancock and joining his Headhunters in 1973 for which he is most noted for playing with. His performance on Hancock's 1974 album Thrust and particularly the song "Actual Proof", is often cited as one of the finest examples of the linear funk style of drumming. He was also a member of the UK jazz-fusion outfit Brand X, alternating behind the kit with Phil Collins between 1978-80. He performed with other jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Vince Guaraldi, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Rob Dixon, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Mike Wolff, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Billy Childs, James Genus, Bob Hurst, Chris Potter, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., Bill Doggett, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Mose Allison, Maxine Brown, Gil Evans and his orchestra and many others too numerous to list. Mike is also known as one of the most sampled drummers in contemporary music. His beats have appeared on records by Prince, NWA, De La Soul, and Janet Jackson, among others. Mike is currently busy touring with his own Prescription Organ Trio / Duo, featuring Jerry Z, doing clinics and performing at clubs and concerts nationwide. He’s also a regular in pianist Mike Wolf’s band, Impure Thoughts and continues to do Headhunters’ projects around the world.
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Yoron Israel
Yoron Israel
Yoron Israel, American drummer, percussionist and composer, was born in Chicago, has performed worldwide at concerts, notable festivals, prominent clubs and on more than 100 recordings as a sideperson. He has worked with the likes of Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Grover Washington, Freddie Cole, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, Larry Coryell, Jay Hoggard, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Larry Coryell, Vanessa Rubin, Kevin Mahogany, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut, Joshua Redman Ann Hampton Callaway, Larry Goldings, Jane Ira Bloom, Joe Henderson, Grover Washington, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell Stanley Turrentine, Danny Gatton, Abbey Lincoln, Frank Foster, Milt Hinton, Harry Connick Jr., Dianne Reeves, Monty Alexander, Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Joshua Redman and Phil Markowitz. He has also performed with a number of large ensembles and orchestras including the Frank Wess Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, the Chicago Civic Orchestra as well as a variety of pit orchestras for theater productions. Yoron was a regular touring member of the late James Williams's ICU and still tours with David "Fathead" Newman, and also he is currently the Assistant Chair of Percussion at Berklee College of Music, Boston MA.
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Adam Cruz
Adam Cruz
American drummer Adam Cruz was born in New York City and his musical teachers have included his father - percussionist Ray Cruz, Frank Malabe, Keith Copeland, Kenny Washington and Joe Chambers. He worked extensively with saxophonist David Sanchez and the Mingus Big Band during the 1990’s. Adam then toured with Chick Corea, recording Origin - A Week at the Blue Note, and spent the end of the 90's touring in a duo setting with guitarist Charlie Hunter. In recent years he has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Danilo Perez and is a member of the Danilo Perez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. He has also worked at various times with artists such as Tom Harrell, Chris Potter, Pharaoh Sanders, John Patitucci, Paquito D’Rivera and many more. Adam’s remarkable musicianship has made him one of the most in demand drummers of today. In 2010 he was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record his debut recording as a composer and bandleader- Milestone, which was released on Sunnyside Records in April 2011.
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John "Pugwash" Weathers
John "Pugwash" Weathers
Welsh drummer, born in Carmarthen, then moved to Swansea until he reached 15, when he went to live with his aunt in Liverpool, where he started drumming for a few local bands. He returned to Wales in 1964 and drummed with The Vikings and The Brothers Grimm, before joining The Eyes of Blue and won the 1966 Melody Maker Beat Contest. After The Eyes of Blue released their third album, Bluebell Wood, under the pseudonym Big Sleep, the band split and John did a short stints with Pete Brown & Piblokto!, Graham Bond’s Magick, Wild Turkey and then The Grease Band. In 1972 he joined Gentle Giant, as a temporary stand in for their drummer Malcolm Mortimore, who had been injured in a car crash. He first played on Gentle Giant's Octopus album, and his position soon became permanent, remaining with them until they broke up, after their last album Civilian in 1980. He joined the psychedelic/progressive rock band Man when they reformed in 1983 and recorded 2 studio albums and 3 live albums with them. Sadly John was “diagnosed with a condition called Spinocerebellar Ataxia, which is akin to M.S.”, but more recently has appeared on several Welsh TV soundtracks, and in 2006 rejoined the latest re-incarnation of Wild Turkey, to record their album You & Me In The Jungle and tour Europe.
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Jimmy Keegan
Jimmy Keegan
American drummer born in LA, he started playing drums at the age of 9. After appearing in a few stage shows as a child and influenced by the likes of John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Phil Collins, Terry Bozzio, Jeff Porcaro, Billy Martin, Victor Loyo, Martin Chambers, Simon Phillips, Omar Hakim, Steve Gadd, and Buddy Rich, he started drumming with a rock band Polo that did a couple of small recording projects. He went on
to become an in demand touring and session drummer on the west coast for the last 20-plus years, playing genres from rock to latin to jazz. He has played with artists such as Santana, as the drummer on the song "Primavera" on Santana's hit album Supernatural and with John Waite, Kenny Loggins, and many many others. Jimmy is also the current drummer for the progressive rock band Spock's Beard, having replaced original drummer Nick D'Virgilio in November 2011. Jimmy has been busy touring with Spock's Beard and recording the bands 11th studio album "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep".
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George "Buddy" Miles
Buddy Miles
Born in Omaha, Nebraska he was known as a child prodigy, as a teenager blues-rock drummer Buddy played in his father's band The Bebops, also, Ruby & the Romantics, the Ink Spots, the Delfonics and others. At this time he struck up a friendship with Jimi Hendrix when they were both sidemen.
In '67 Buddy formed Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, they broke up after their 2nd album, after which he formed the Buddy Miles Express. In '69 Hendrix produced the Buddy Miles Express release, "Electric Church" and Buddy drummed for Hendrix on the Electric Ladyland album. Buddy played on the songs "Rainy Day, Dream Away" and "Still Raining, Still Dreaming". Soon after the release he joined Hendrix in forming the short lived band, "Band of Gypsys". He went on to be a solo and freelance drummer, recording over 70 albums, 6 world tours, working with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Barry White, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins, David Bowie, George Clinton, Jack Bruce, Joe Perry, Billy Cox, and many others. Buddy continued to be active musically and performed selected shows with proceeds going to help support victims of natural disasters and other noble causes. The day before Buddy died, he heard Eric Clapton playing his famous track 'Them Changes' at Madison Square Garden through his cell phone. 'Them Changes' is now part of Clapton's set on tour as a tribute to Buddy.
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Jacob Armen
Jacob Armen
American Jacob Armen is a true child prodigy drummer, Jacob was trained in jazz by his father who would place a radio in his baby crib and he would listen to jazz drummers each day until he was able to play as well. By the age of 6, he was performing with 4 drumsticks, a double bass pedal, and full kit and he was playing with a full jazz ensemble, CSUN's 20-piece jazz ensemble conducted by Professor of Music and Jazz Studies, Joel Leach. He appeared on TV many times between the ages of 7 and 10 years old, including ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today Show, and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. By the age of 8, Jacob had performed with jazz ensembles around the world. At the age of 12 he released his first solo album on NPG Records after being signed to a contract with Prince. Jacob's second album “Breakthrough” was released on his personal label, JAAB Records. For the past 2 years, Jacob has been working on his third album “When Drums Conduct” which will be released January 2013. It will feature Grammy winners and Latin-Jazz Legend Poncho Sanchez.
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Eric Harland
Eric Harland
American drummer Eric Harland, born in Houston, TX, began his professional career in 1993 playing in local bands and from 1992-93 he drummed with the Regional and All State Texas Jazz Band. He went on to form is own band and become a top studio drummer
performing with many renowned artists including Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, Charles Lloyd, Walter Smith III, Michael Brecker, Terence Blanchard, Chris Potter, Aaron Parks, Aaron Goldberg, Dave Holland, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Patitucci, and Zakir Hussain. Among these recordings, Let's Get Lost and Wandering Moon - Terence Blanchard, Back East - Joshua Redman, and Land Of Giants - McCoy Tyner were nominated for Grammy Awards. With Terence Blanchard and Spike Lee, he has performed in 18 motion picture movie scores including The Caveman's Valentine, Original Sin, People I Know, and Dark Blue and won the 08 and 09 Critics Polls for Rising Star on the drums. Eric released his debut album, Voyager: Live By Night in 2010.
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Nate Smith
Nate Smith
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, US, Nate took up the drums at age eleven influenced by artists such as the the Police, Earth, Wind and Fire, Quincy Jonesand Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. After graduating high school in 1992, he studied at James Madison University. In his third year, Nate's small group was chosen to play at the International Associiation of Jazz Educators conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there that he met the legendary jazz singer Betty Carter and was invited to be a part of her esteemed Jazz Ahead program which has produced a who's who of jazz alumni that includes among others: Cyrus Chestnut, Jason Moran, Gregory Hutchinson, Andre Hayward and Jacky Terrason. Later that year, at the age of 20, Nate was on stage with Betty at the Blue Note club in New YorkCity. He was also featured with Carter on BET"s "Jazz Central" and CBS "Sunday Morning". After college, Nate was offered a scholarship to pursue graduate studies as a part of Virginia Commonwealth University's "Carpenter Fellowship" program. It was there that he met legendary jazz bassist and composer Dave Holland. Over the next few years he occasionally performed with Dave, finally joining his quintet in September of 2003. Nate can also be heard on the song "Heaven Can Wait" on the Michael Jackson CD "Invincible". He has recently formed a production company, Water Baby Music, Inc.
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Michael "Micky" Waller
Micky Waller
British drummer Micky Waller was born in Hammersmith, London; he was much in demand as a session musician and played with many of the biggest names on the UK rock and blues scene after he became a professional musician in 1960 and eventually he became Rod Stewart's drummer of choice. His first professional band, The Flee-Rekkers, had a No.23 hit in the UK Singles Chart in 1960, with their recording of "Green Jeans". He left to join a well-known band of the day, Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. In July 1963, he joined the Cyril Davies R&B All Stars. After Davies' death in 1964, he joined Marty Wilde as one of the Wildecats. After a short stint with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, who he rejoined several times, he joined Brian Auger as part of The Trinity. In April 1965, the group was expanded by Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll and evolved into a new band, The Steampacket. He also worked with the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Jeff Beck Group, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and in 1968, was involved in staging the rock musical Hair in London. He also played with the Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and played in the band of Tex- Mex accordion player Flaco Jimenez in the mid-80s. But blues and R&B were his love, and after much studio work in the 70s and 80s he continued throughout his later years, to play live in bands such as Deluxe Blues Band, Terry Smith Blues Band, and his own Micky Waller Band.

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Will Kennedy
Will Kennedy
American drummer Will Kennedy was playing on his first drumset at the age of four and influenced by the great Tony Williams he played percussion and traps throughout his school years. He started playing with a group called Rythmus 21, which was an all-star band featuring some of the top musicians in the community.
Will fast became a fixture in the San Francisco Bay area scene. He did multiple records and tours with Andy Narell, and around this time started getting heavily involved with writing music and became a partner in his first successful publishing company. Also during this time, 1981, he joined the group the Yellowjackets. He was a member of the internationally acclaimed Yellowjackets for over 9 years, recording ten records garnering an amazing fourteen Grammy nominations and accolades. In addition to countless world tours, Will's performances with the band included numerous television and radio broadcasts that spanned the globe.
Will has won "Modern Drummer" magazine's reader's poll for best drummer, electric jazz category, 3 years running. He can be seen performing on ABC's critically acclaimed "Wayne Brady Show", in the band led by Peter Michael Escovedo. Will and Peter also worked together in the "Demographically Correct Orchestra" on UPN's "Martin Short Show"
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Sheila E
Sheila E
American drummer and percussionist, born Sheila Escovedo in Oakland, California, into a very musical family and is perhaps best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr. She made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on "Yesterday's Dream" in 1976. By her early twenties she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. Shelia first joined forces with Prince in 1984 providing vocals on the B-side to "Let's Go Crazy", "Erotic City" in 1984. She proved to be a successful artist in her own right also in '84 she scored hits with "The Glamorous Life" and "The Belle of St. Mark", the latter an NME 'Single of the Week', as well as opening for the Purple Rain tour. After leaving Prince in '89 she continued recording solo and in 1996 she played in Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro's live backup band. In 2002 Sheila E. appeared on the Beyoncé Knowles song "Work It Out" and
performed three stints with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, in 2001, 2003, and 2006. In 2004, Sheila toured New Zealand as drummer and percussionist for the Abe Laboriel Band. In February 2006, she performed once again with Prince (and Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman) at the BRIT Awards. Sheila continues to record, make many guest appearances and perform to sold out shows and festivals around the world.
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Don Brewer
Don Brewer
Influential American drummer born in Flint, Michigan, Don joined his first band, The Red Devils, at the age of only 12, after which he joined the "Jazzmasters", then Terry Knight and the Pack, before forming Grand Funk Railroad band in 1968 along with guitarist Mark Farner and bassist Mel Schacher. In 1973, Grand Funk released the album "We're An American Band," featuring the hit song "We're An American Band", written by Don it became the band's first No.1 single. In 1977, following the initial breakup of Grand Funk, Tom, Mel and Craig Frost formed a new band named "Flint" releasing one self-titled album before disbanding. In 1981, Tom and Grand Funk reformed for an album but two years later, they split again and Tom joined Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band. In 1996 reunited as Grand Funk reunited again and were named one of Pollstar's top-grossing acts of 1998. Through their history Don and Grand Funk have released 13 studio and 4 Live albums, which have produced 25 singles. In 2000, Don performed as a guest clinician at Modern Drummer Magazine's annual Drum Festival event, where he was honored as one of the most influential drummers in the history of rock. In 2006 Tom rejoined the Silver Bullet Band for their 2006-07 tour, it was his first appearance with the band since he played for them on their 1983 tour. He is also playing with them on Bob Seger's 2011 tour.
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Dennis Elliott
Dennis Elliott
Born in Peckham, London, Dennis played the drums with his family band at age 5 doing shows around London. As a teenager, he joined The Tea Set with his older brother Raymond who sang & played trumpet. He
became a professional musician at sixteen, and joined the Shevells two years later the band, Ferris Wheel. He joined the British jazz-rock group, IF, appearing on their first five studio albums and a live recording. By 1975, Don had become a U.S. resident and played on Ian Hunter's first two solo recordings, Ian Hunter and Overnight Angels . In 1976, he became the original drummer with Foreigner. Their debut album Foreigner was released in March 1977 and sold more than four million copies in the US, staying in the Top 20 for a year with such hits as "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and "Long Long Way From Home". Their second album, Double Vision topped their previous, selling five million records and spawned "Hot Blooded," the title track "Double Vision" and "Blue Morning Blue Day." Their third album, Head Games, was also successful because of the thunderous "Dirty White Boy" and another title track hit "Head Games." After recording his 8th album with Foreigner, Unusual Heat in 1991 and doing the tour , Dennis decided to leave the band and he left the music industry behind. He turned towards sculpture, working primarily with the medium of wood. Self taught, his focus and major concentration has been on large burlwood vessels and wall sculptures, plus sculpted wall mirrors and orbital sculptures.
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Levon Helm
Levon Helm
American rock drummer, multi-instrumentalist and actor Levon, born Mark Lavon Helm born in Elaine, Arkansas, and grew up in Turkey Scratch, a hamlet west of Helena, Arkansas. He achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band. Levon is known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", "Ophelia" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". He recorded solo albums in 1980 and 1982 entitled American Son and Levon Helm and also participated in Paul Kennerley's 1980 country music concept album, The Legend of Jesse James, singing the role of Jesse James alongside Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Albert Lee. Among his many projects was his acting career, and reuinions with The Band, but more recently with his own band his 2007 album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008, and in November of that year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No.91 in the list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2010, Electric Dirt, his 2009 follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, an inaugural category in 2010.
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Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
Philthy Animal Taylor
English drummer Phil Taylor replaced Motörhead's first drummer, Lucas Fox, during the recording of the band's first recording On Parole in 1975. Nine years later after a 'final' appearance on The Young Ones in 1984, Phil left Motörhead. The following year 1986, he made appearances with Waysted, and joined another ex-Motörhead man, Brian Robertson, also ex-Thin Lizzy, to form the band Operator. Phil
returned to Motörhead in 1987 and continued playing in the group until 1992, leaving after recording "I Ain't No Nice Guy". Phil recorded 11 albums in all with Motörhead. From 2005 to 2008 he played and recorded in a group called The Web of Spider. In 2007 he briefly worked on a project called Capricorn. After playing in The Web of Spider he began work on a project with guitarist Chris Holmes, and in 2009, he joined American thrash metal band Overkill for a set at the Islington Academy. He sporadically plays drums for Mick Farren and The Deviants, featuring on Dr. Crow-2002, Sheep in Wolves' Clothing-2008, and Portobello Shuffle-2009.
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Neal Smith
Neal Smith

American drummer/percussionist, songwriter and founding member of one of the most successful rock and roll acts to be seen and heard in the world: The Shock Rock Group Alice Cooper. The first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the band has sold over 25 million records worldwide. He performed on the group's early albums Pretties For You and Easy Action, the breakout album Love It to Death and the subsequent successful albums Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies. His last album with Alice Cooper was Muscle of Love. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit and has performed before millions on extensive grand World Tours. In addition to the band called Alice Cooper, Neal has also played and/or recorded with such groups as The Billion Dollar Babies, The Plasmatics, Buck Dharma, Deadringer, Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith, Cinematik and his most recent solo project KillSmith.
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Sandy Nelson
Sandy Nelson
Born Sander L Nelson in Santa Monica, California, Sandy is one of the best-known rock drummers of the early 1960s, he had several solo instrumental Top 40 hits and was a session drummer on many other well-known hits, and he released over 30 albums. After gaining respect as a session drummer, he played on such songs as
Phil Spector's Teddy Bears-1958 "To Know Him Is To Love Him", The Hollywood Argyles-1960 "Alley-Oop", and Kathy Young and the Innocents-1960"A Thousand Stars".
Sandy's song "Teen Beat", reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959. It sold over one million copies, and awarded a gold disc. He recorded two more Top 40 hits, "Let There Be Drums", which went to No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the top 10 in the UK; and "Drums Are My Beat". All three were instrumentals, guitar playing on these hits was by co-writer, Richie Podolor aka Richie Allen. Near the end of 1963, he was in a motorcycle accident, which tragically resulted in the amputation of his right foot and part of that leg. Nonetheless, Sandy continued to record into the early 1970s.
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Ron Hurst
Ron Hurst
American drummer Ron Hurst has been the drummer with John Kay & Steppenwolf since 1984 and has recorded four albums with the band since. Hailing from Massachusetts he began playing the drums at age eight, he grew up with Steppenwolf keyboardist Michael Wilk. The two formed a garage band and ended up recording at RCA Records. The band toured the Northeast U.S. and shared the stage with other then-unknown bands the likes of J. Geils Band and Aerosmith. His first claim to fame came in 1970 when he backed Chuck Berry. Ron has also performed with blues stalwarts James Montgomery, Johnny Copeland and James Cotton. A true trooper, Ron did "double duty" during
Steppenwolf's 1986 tour with the Guess Who. Their drummer had to leave the tour for a family emergency, Ron played in both bands: first opening with the Guess Who, then playing with The Wolf.
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Jon Hiseman
Jon Hiseman
One of Britain's top drummers, born in Woolwich, London where he began playing sessions, after which in 1966 he replaced Ginger Baker in the Graham Bond Organisation and also played for a brief spell with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. He then joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in 1968 playing on the iconic album 'Bare Wires'. In April 1968 he left to form what has been critically claimed as the "seminal" jazz rock/progressive rock band, Colosseum. Colosseum disbanded in November 1971, although Jon later formed Colosseum II with Don Airey and Gary Moore in 1975. Between these two versions of Colosseum, he formed the band Tempest with Allan Holdsworth, Paul Williams and Colosseum bandmate Mark Clarke and later Ollie Halsall. Jon has subsequently played in jazz groups, notably with his wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, with whom he has recorded and produced fifteen currently available albums. Colosseum reunited in June 1994 with the same line-up of musicians as when they broke up 23 years earlier, also his wife Barbara joined the line up. The book Playing The Band - The Musical Life of Jon Hiseman by Martyn Hanson was published in 2010 see links below
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Paul Riddle
Paul Riddle
American drummer Paul Riddle was an original member with the Marshall Tucker Band from 1973 - 1983. He was heavily influenced by Buddy Rich and his jazz styling were unique to a rock and roll band and heavily contributed to their unique style of music. He recorded twelve albums with the band including their debut album The Marshall Tucker Band; A New Life; Where We All Belong; Searchin' for a Rainbow; Long Hard Ride; Carolina Dreams; Together Forever;
and Running Like the Wind, before leaving. Paul still lives (to date) in Spartanburg where he owns a drum stick company, The Carolina Stick Company, and teaches lessons. He occasionally sits in with the Allman Brothers Band and plays in a local band called Throbber.
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Mark Harrison

English drummer Mark Harrison has played and toured with many London bands over the last 3+ decades and is an important influence in the music scene. One of his early jobs was drumming with rock Bernie Tormé Band, which was formed in Ireland before relocating to London in 1976. They toured with the Boomtown Rats and supported bands like The Boys, Bethnal, Generation X and Gillan. After which Mark did a
stint with Shane McGowan's punk rock band Nipple Erectors, the band contributed two tracks to the Live At The Vortex album, "Streetfighter" and "Living for Kicks". In the 80s Mark joined up with Alan Clayton's rock band Dirty Strangers, they recorded their self titled album Dirty Strangers in 1987. This album featured Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. Mark also recorded on their Burn the Bubble in 1993 and the double album Diamonds, again, featuring performances by Keith Richards and Ron Wood in 1999. Mark is still playing and recording.
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Bobby Elliott
Bobby Elliott: photo with courtesy of Rob Haywood,
One of Britains finest drummers Bobby Elliott, has been a driving force behind The Hollies for nearly five decades. He discovered his love of jazz and drums when he was 11 years old, which developed more while at Nelson Grammar School. Inspired by the likes of Gene Krupa, Larry Bunker, Ronnie Verrell, Joe Morello, Sonny Payne, he would practice with home made copper wire brushes on anything close at hand. In the early 60's he played in a local Nelson band, The Dolphins, before replacing Don Rathbone in The Hollies in 1963. After The Beatles, The Hollies were the most successful British 'singles' bands of the 1960s, scoring 22 UK Top 40 hits between 1964 and 1970, including "Here I Go Again"; the bands first self penned hit "We're Through"; "Look Through Any Window"; "Yes I Will"; "I'm Alive" (also US hit); "Bus Stop" (U.S. No.5) ; "I Can't Let Go" (U.S. No. 42); and"Stop Stop Stop" (U.S. No.7); "Carrie Anne" (U.S. No. 9); "On a Carousel" (U.S. No.11); "Jennifer Eccles" (U.S. #40). Their hits continued in the 70's and 80's with "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother";"Gasoline Alley Bred"; "The Air That I Breath"; "Soldier's Song" and others. Billy and The Hollies still successfully tour and have released their new album "Then, Now, Always", in late March 2009, featuring 11 brand new tracks
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Vivian Prince
the legendary Viv Prince
UK drummer, the legendary Viv Prince had been drumming professionally for some years before joining the Pretty Things, playing in different bands including Carter-Lewis & the Southerners. Viv was one of first wild men of rock, playing with a
highly energized, uninhibited drumming style which influenced among others, a young Keith Moon and he prooved to be one of UK's first bad-boy rock n rollers, among his many outrageous antics, he earnt the Pretty Things a lifetime ban from New Zealand during their 1965 tour. He joined the Pretty Things just after their debut single "Rosalyn"/"Big Boss Man," on which session drummer Bobby Graham can be heard. In December of '65 he briefly deputized for Keith Moon in the Who, when Keith missed a few shows due to illness. In 1966 he formed a band, the Bunch of Fives, which recorded the single, "Go Home Baby"/"At the Station," also in 1966 he recorded instrumental solo single, "Light of the Charge Brigade," that spotlighted his drumming. He later played in the Denny Laine String Band, led by original Moody Blues lead singer and future Wings guitarist, after which he did a short stint with Vamp, and also played in the band Kate. Legend has it that this badboy rock n roll drummr even got thrown out of Hells Angels in the 70's, but he eventually relocated to live in an orange grove in Portugal where he bred Alsatians . The Pretty Things paid tribute to their talented, unforgettable drummer on "Vivian Prince," a track from their 1999 album "Rage".
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Chad Smith
Chad Smith
American drummer Chad Smith, not to be confused with the RHCP drummer, began playing drums at the age of 12. Influenced by the likes of John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Clyde Stubblefield and Steve Gadd, he turned professional at the young age of 14. He played in bands Heaven's Flame and Mary Burns before becoming a member of the metal band Anacrusis in 1990, playing on their studio debut album "Manic Impressions", exciting and ground breaking stuff for 1991. Anacrusis was one of the first bands that attempted to blend thrash and progressive metal. In 1992 you can hear Chad with the band London Calling and he recorded the 1993 album 'Blood In The Water' with them. Soon after he joined up with Pavlov's Dog in 1994, before he was invited to drum with Geezer Bulter's heavy metal band G//Z/R aka Geezer, replacing the founder drummer Deen Castronovo in 1997. Chad is still working and touring with G//Z/R and can be heard on their album 'Ohmwork'
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Clem Cattini
Clem Cattini
London, UK born Clem Cattini's first major band work was in the late 50s drumming with Billy Fury's backing group, "The Beat Boys" changing their name to The Blue Flames in 1958 while on tour in Scotland. In the early 60s he joined the Tornados recording their No. 1 hit "Telstar" before becoming a full time session musician.
Allegedly he was the first drummer to remove bottom hoops and throw a pillow in his drums, a techneque that has been copied by most drummers ever since. In 1975 he was asked to join Led Zeppelin for a brief spell, but he turned down the offer. Clem is one of, or maybe the most prolific drummers in UK recording history, appearing on hundreds and hundreds of recordings by artists as diverse as Engelbert Humperdinck and Lou Reed, from T-Rex's "Hot Love" to Tony Christie & Peter Kay's "Is This the Way to Amarillo", from Esther & Abi Ofarim's "Cinderella Rockefella" to Hot Chocolate's "You Win Again" and "Shaking All Over" with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates to "When Will I See You Again" with Three Degrees. Clem has drummed his way into everyone's collection, featuring to date, on a record of 46 different UK No.1 singles. What else can I say about this legend, except.. Why isn't he on any of the above lists, and he likes a pint of guinness!!
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Tony Meehan

Tony Meehan started playing drums at 10 years old , at 13, he had his first job with a band playing in a dance hall at Willesden, London. At 15 he played timpani with the London Youth Orchestra and playied cabaret at places like Churchill's and the Stork Club. Tony was also drummer in a band with Jet Harris called The Vipers. He joined Cliff Richards backing band, The Drifters in the late 50s, soon to be known as the Shadows in 1958. Tony played on all Cliff Richard's early hits, but left the Shadows in 1961 and went to work as an arranger /producer and session drummer. He subsequently teamed up again with Jet Harris and as a duo they had great success with "Diamonds" which also included Jimmy Page on acoustic rhythm guitar. 'Diamonds' was a number one hit in the UK. Tony briefly played with The Shadows again some years later when Brian Bennett was hospitalised. Sadly Tony died in 2005 ~ Quotes ~ Sir Cliff Richard: "There's no doubt that he was a major force in creating The Shadows' distinctive sound, his innovative drumming was the backbone of the band, and his aggressive yet sparse style was similar to Ringo Starr's five years later with The Beatles." .... Bruce Welch: "Drummers wanted to be like Tony Meehan as he played in a style that no-one had done before. Apache was such an iconic record. It has been sampled a lot by hip hop groups."
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Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett
World renound UK drummer, Brian Bennet was born in London started his career at the age of sixteen playing drums in a Ramsgate skiffle group performing for holiday makers, and by the late 1950s was one of the most sought-after percussionists around. Next he was
drummer in residence at the legendary ‘2 I's’ (2 eyes) in Soho and a regular on Jack Good's ground breaking TV show "Oh Boy" and soon became drummer in Marty Wilde's backing band The Wildcats. In 1961, he was invited to join Cliff Richard & The Shadows and wrote many of the hit songs from the films, including Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life and Finders Keepers. He created the legendary Drum solo "Little B", a must, showcase for every drummer in the pre Beatles era. Brian has played with The Shadows for 5 decades and has been presented with 4 Platinum, 9 Gold & 14 Silver Discs with them. In the 1970s, he became Cliff Richard's musical director and formed The Brian Bennett Orchestra touring the world, including the first concerts to be staged in Russia. Among his many awards are his first Ivor Novello Award in 1962; a second Ivor Novello Award in 1983; his third Ivor Novello Award in 1990; a Gold Badge Award in 2001; an RTS Craft & Design Award in 2001; a Mojo Special Award in 2004 and a Grammy Award in 2006, and in 2004 he was honored with an OBE for his services to music as a musician, songwriter and composer for film and television. Brian continues working and he runs his own recording studio and record label in Hertfordshire
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Akira Jimbo
Akira Jimbo
Akira Jimbo from Tokyo, Japan , began drumming at the age of 18 when he joined the Keio University Light Music Society Big Band. In 1979 he joined the jazz fusion band Casiopea debuting with the album Casiopea, featuring Randy Brecker and Michael Brecker as guest musicians. Leaving the band after 10 years, in 1989 he formed Jimsaku, a duo with Casiopea's bassist Tetsuo Sakurai Akira. By this time he had gained intenational fame and went freelance. In 1999, Akira was awarded 2nd place in the British drum magazine RHYTHM for most popular drummer and 2000, he became the first Asian drummer to be featured on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine. Known for his drumming independence, fusion of electronic drum technology and acoustic drums, recently he has been working with Hiroyuki Noritake from T-Square in the drum-duo Synchronized DNA and have together performed in a series of concerts with Casiopea. More recently Jimbo has assisted in the design of the new K Custom Hybrid Series of cymbals by Zildjian, and kept very busy with global drum clinics.
He has released solo 11 albums, the last was "Brombo 2!!" with bassist Brian Bromberg and 13 drum videos, the latest to date "Solo Drums Performance 5" just released in 2008.
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Jojo Mayer
Jojo Mayer
Self taught Swiss drummer Jojo Mayer was born into a musical family, spending his early childhood on the road traveling throughout Europe and the Far East with his bassist father, Vali. He got his first drum set at the age of 2, and his first public performance took place in Hong Kong when he was only 3 years old.
At 18, he joined Monty Alexander's group and toured extensively all over Europe, playing all the major jazz -festivals which lead to back-up gigs with other jazz-greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone, this also introduced him to an international audience. He went on to record and play a wide range of musical styles with the likes of The Screaming Headless Torsos, Meshell n'dege Occello, Vernon Reid's science project, DJ Spooky, Emergency Broadcast Network, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Monty Alexander, Lunar Crush, John Zorn, James Blood Ulmer, Chico Freeman, George Adams, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, John Medeski, Family of Percussion, Hiram Bullock, Leni Stern, Depart, Wolfgang Puschnigg, The intergalactic Maiden Ballet, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Steve Coleman's 5 Elements, Passport, Wah Wah Watson and many more. More recently, Jojo has been venturing into New York's Techno / Multimedia / Avantgarde / club scene by promoting his own weekly party event called 'Prohibited Beats'. This new platform for live "Drum n" Bass", "Nu-Skool Breaks", "Speed Garage" and the latest stylistical hybrids and mutations in DJ culture, has also provided the back drop for his first solo project called NERVE. Described as an "endeavor in reverse engineering the textures and rhythms of the current stream of computer generated music into a live performed, improvisational format".
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Buddy Miles
Buddy Miles
As a teenager blues-rock drummer George aka Buddy Miles played in his father's band The Bebops, Ruby & the Romantics, the Ink Spots, the Delfonics and others. At this time he met and struck up a friendship with Jimi Hendrix when they were both sidemen.
In 1967 Buddy formed Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, they broke up after their 2nd album, and Miles formed the Buddy Miles Express. In 1969 Hendrix produced the Buddy Miles Express release, "Electric Church" and Miles drummed for Hendrix on his Electric Ladyland album. Miles played on the songs "Rainy Day, Dream Away" and "Still Raining, Still Dreaming". Soon after the release he joined Hendrix in forming the short lived band, "Band of Gypsys". Buddy Miles went on to be a solo and freelance drummer, recording over 70 albums, 6 world tours, working with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Barry White, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins, David Bowie, George Clinton, Jack Bruce, Joe Perry, Billy Cox, and many others. Buddy continues to be active musically and performs selected shows with proceeds going to help support victims of natural disasters and other noble causes.
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Dino Danelli

Dino Danelli is more famously known for being a founder member of The Rascals/ Young Rascals in 1963. He has stayed with the band throughout their history and still appears with them when ever they re-group. You can hear Dino's playing on 100's of other tracks, as a very sort after session drummer he has played with, Gene Cornish, Jeff Gottschalk, Wally Brison, Explore, Tom Dowd , Frankie Vinci, Arif Mardin, Lex Marchesi , Howard Buzzy Feiten, Michael Bruce, Ralph MacDonald, April Wine, The Bar-Kays, Michael Bruce, Bulldog, Felix Cavaliere, Roxanne Fontana, Fotomaker, Laura Nyro, Pepper, David Rea, Dan Reed Network, B.J. Thomas, King Curtis, April Wine, John Turi, Eric "ET" Thorngren, Fotomaker, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul and more. This list of artists from the many genre show just what a skilled and extremely versatile drummer Dino is.
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Steve Jordan
Steve Jordan
Steve Jordan is a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. In the 70's he played drums for the Saturday Night Live. In the 80's when John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd toured as The Blues Brothers, Steve was their drummer. He was also the first drummer in the Paul Shaffer-led "World's Most Dangerous Band", the live studio band for the Late Night with David Letterman show on NBC. Steve is a hard working world sort after session drummer and has worked with a host of stars including The Rolling Stones, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, BB King, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Ricky Fanté,
Chuck Berry, James Brown, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, The Verbs, Billy Joel, Tom Jones, Chaka Kahn, Will Lee, George Benson, and many more. 2006 saw him in the touring with the Eric Clapton Band. Steve is also a Grammy Award winning producer with Robert Crays' album "Take Your Shoes Off" and nominated with others, John Mayer album "Continuum", Herbie Hancock's "Possiblilties", John Scofield's "That's What I Say", Patti Scialfa's "23rd St. Lullaby" and The Verbs' "And Now - The Verbs"
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Nigel Olsson
Nigel Olsson
UK rock drummer Nigel Olsson, started his career in northern bands such as The Fireflies and Jazzboard, before moving to London and joining Plastic Penny. He did a short stint with the band Uriah Heep, playing drums for some songs on their 1970 debut LP "Very 'eavy... Very 'umble", but Nigel is a better known for his work with Elton John. He played drums and sang backing vocals on John's early 1970's albums, teaming with guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, and percussionist Ray Cooper to form what most rock fans regard as Elton John's classic backing band. In 1975 he worked as a studio drummer, returning to work with Elton in 1980 for 4 years. In 1991, Nigel and Davey joined forces in Davey's band Warpipes, producing the great album Holes in the Heavens. Year 2000 saw him back with Sir Elton. Over his career Nigel has performs with dozens and dozens of mega international artists; he is still doing session and freelance work, donating much his time to various charitable causes.

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Eric Delaney

Eric Delaney must be the ultimate drummer's drummer, not to be on any of the lists, tut tut people, this is criminal !! Born in Acton, London, UK, Eric was playing drums to live audiences at 6 and at age 10 was in his first group, with his mother on piano and his father on banjo. In his early teens he was acclaimed as a "Drum Genius" taking command of the Royal Kiltie Junior Band and the Hughie Green Roadshow. By the time he was 16, he was voted Britain's Best Young Swing Drummer, and in 1941 at the age of 17, Eric joined George Shearing of the famous Ambrose Octet touring the variety theatres of that time. Over the years Eric been voted No.1 of 8 titles including, Drummer of the Year and Musician of the Year, Band of the Year award and appeared on 3 Royal Command performances. In 1995 Eric was invited to perform at the Royal College of Music, London with some of the finest drummers and percussionists from across Europe, and he overwhelmed them all with his spellbinding technique. Over his long career Eric has played everywhere, with everyone and most genres. Eric, now in his 80's is still drumming, mainly in the warmer climate of Spain.
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Simon King
Simon King
Wrongly & sadly, Simon King seems to be the forgotten Hawkwind. We must never forget he was the driving power drummer who successfully pioneered psychedelic space rock, took Hawkwind to the top with the unforgettable "Silver Machine" and helped keep them at the top for 8 years. Oxford, U.K., born Simon, is self taught, learning as he went along with local bands. At 17 he joined his first recording and international touring band, Opal Butterfly, releasing 3 singles "Beautiful Beige /Speak Up" in 1968, followed by "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand" and "Groupie Girl/The Gigging Song". The band also appeared in the movie "Groupie Girl". When Iron Butterfly split in 1970, Simon was asked by his friend, bassist Lemmy Kilmister to join "Hawkwind" which became the most famous psychedelic space rock bands in rock history. Simon King, was part of all this chance, he was the inventive, power drummer who helped make Hawkwind's original sound and maintain it throughout their haydays of the 70's. Simon also worked on other projects with Robert Calvert, Michael Moorcock, Steve Swindell, and Brian Eno, before sadly retiring from the business altogether in 1982.

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Longineu Parsons 3rd
Longineu Parsons 111
Longineu Parsons 3rd aka LP, from Jacksonville, Florida, born February 16th, 1980, although only 26 is a highly experienced drummer and master of the cymbals. He was a founding member of Yellowcard in 1997 and is now the only original member. Playing drums from the age of 2 and having lessons since he was 5 years old, this young drummer has played on the international circiut since he was a young teenager. World touring with his trumpet playing father Longineu Parsons 2nd, has given LP a huge insight to music, as well as learning & appreciating many different genres. Highly influenced by the legendary avante garde drummer Max Roach, & like Roach,
LP does not stand still, he brings new sounds and influences into his drumming skills, forever moving his music forward. This modern drummer is certainly a drummer to look up and learn from, he will definitely be influencing our future drummers.
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Clem Burke
Clem Burke
Clem Burke from New York City is the percussionist for the band Blondie. Recruited when they were first forming Blondie, Clem remained with the band throughout the first stage of their career and was instrumental in the late 1990s reunion. During the '80s and '90s, when Blondie was disbanded, as well as forming his own band "Chequered Past", Burke played drums for The Romantics, for whom he was the regular drummer between 1990 and 2004, also guested, recorded, toured, sessioned with Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, Dramarama, Iggy Pop and Joan Jett, amongst others. Clem stood in as drummer for The Ramones, under the name Elvis Ramone for two gigs, on August 28, '87, in Providence, Rhode Island, and August 29, '87, in Trenton, New Jersey. During 2004 and 2005, he toured with Nancy Sinatra.
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David King
David King.   Photo by Andrea Canter
Drummer and composer, David King, has been active in Minneapolis since the 1990s. He is known for his versatile and high-energy playing style, playing like a cross between Elvin Jones and John Bonham and his ability to contribute to bands operating in different musical genres. He is a founding member of Happy Apple and The Bad Plus, both of which are jazz trios, although neither play traditional styles. He works simultaneously in around a dozen other bands, many in the jazz, electronic, indie and rock genres. He is considered a major catalyst in the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene; in recent years he has been subject to ever increasing demand. His latest band the world touring 'Bad Plus' is a jazz trio but you don't expect from a stately trinity of piano-bass-drums to qualify as any kind of power trio, BUT this is exactly what it is - a power trio, highly driven by the amazing drums of David King. Thier 2004 CD “Give” was nominated for a Grammy award.
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Rick Allen

Rick Allen
Rick, from Dronfield, south of Sheffield, UK, joined the rock band Def Leppard at the age of 15, just before the band signed their first record contract, and has stayed with the band throughout it's history. Rick lost his left arm in a car accident on December 31, 1984, when trying to pass a car in his Corvette too fast, on a country road outside Sheffield, England, and slammed into a wall. This didn't deter Rick. While in the hospital, Rick began tapping his feet and realized that he could find a way to play the drums again. This lead to the creation of his electronic drum kit. This drum kit would allow him to use his left foot to play the beats his left hand would usually create, and from then on, he became known as the Thunder God. In 1986 his drum kit was completely electronic, but since 1995 parts are acoustic again. What an amazing achievement, with such a huge desire and love for the drums. His return to the drums was the greatest come back ever in the history of rock 'n' roll.
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Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
Internationally acclaimed drummer, multi-musician, songwriter and composer, Victor Lewis started studying music when he was ten, on the cello, but switched to the drums a year later after watching the local drum corps marching on the Fourth of July. He also studied classical piano.
Early influences were Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones. Lewis began playing drums professionally on the local scene at the age of 15. On Victor's first gig in Manhattan, a night at Boomer's he met trumpeter W oody Shaw. Victor joined Woody's band and a few months later, he made his recording debut on Shaw's classic, The Moontrane. Since then his career has never looked back, he has played world wide with the world's greatest jazz men, as well as recording albums under his own name, featuring his own compositions and unique style of drumming. "Lewis is a master of shading and color, and the kind of timekeeper that could teach a clock new ways to tick" says jazz writer Bill Kohlhasse.
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Winard Harper
Winard Harper
Winard Harper, recording artist from Baltimore, has become one of the hardest working drummers in jazz today. Leading the very exciting and hard-swinging sextet,
the Winard Harper Sextet, he also is as one of the most in-demand sidemen. When not on the bandstand with this sextet, Winard works with artists such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Ray Bryant, Wycliffe Gordon, Frank Wess and Jimmy Heath. Having one Billboard No 1 with the album Remembrance, his latest CD, "Come IntoThe Light" has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike.
Now Winard Harper is moving to a new level of success with the band gaining increased air play around the globe.
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Alphonse Mouzon . . . .Billy Cobham . . . .Lenny White
Alphonse Mouzon . . . . Billy Cobham . . . Lenny White
Although the above 3 drummers are listed on the Best Jazz Drummers, you think they should be up on the "Most Skilled" list. I must agree too ~ Alphonse Mouzon's musical associations read like a veritable Who's Who of Modern Jazz and Pop Music! Its not who he has played with but who hasn't he played with and what hasn't he done.. awesome. The same has to be said for Billy Cobham and Lenny White. These world travelled drummers Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Cobham and Lenny White maybe noted for jazz, but these three highly skilled drummers have played all genres with the cream of the music world from the blues to jazz to pop to rock.
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Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart
Mickey Hart is a true pioneer, known by many for his amazing work in Grateful Dead. He soon joined the Dead in 1967, making it one of the first rock bands to feature two drummers. He has a huge thirst & hunger for music from every part of the globe. His tireless study of the world's music has led Mickey to many great teachers and collaborators, including his partners in Planet Drum. Planet Drum's self-titled album not only hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart, remaining there for 26 weeks, it also received the Grammy for Best World Music Album in 1991-- the first Grammy ever awarded in this category.Mickey's experiences have paved the way for unique opportunities beyond the music industry. He composed a major drum production performed by an assembly of 100 percussionists for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Additionally, Mickey has composed scores, soundtracks and themes for movies and television including Apocalypse Now, Gang Related, Hearts of Darkness, The Twilight Zone, the 1987 score to The America’s Cup: The Walter Cronkite Report, Vietnam: A Television History, and The Next Step. In 1994 Mickey was inducted with The Grateful Dead into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mickey has also performed with the Diga Rhythm Band, The Beast, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Mickey Hart's Mystery Box, New Riders of the Norton, Buffalo, County Joe & The Fish, David Crosby, Purple Sage, Babatunde Olatunji Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry Garcia, Dzintars, Zakir Hussain, David Garibaldi, Kitaro, Flora Purim, Sikiru Adepoju, Chalo Eduardo, The Other Ones, Bob Weir, Bobby Vega, Bill Walton, Doc Watson, Paul Winter, Ned Lagin, Bob Matthews and many others.
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Bill Kreutzmann
Bill Kreutzmann
At 59 years old, Bill Kreutzmann has lost none of his expertise and stamina, still playing regular three hours showings of non-stop drumming. It all started at school and by the end of 1964 he co-founded the band The Warlocks, along with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. Their first real gig was May 5, 1965, two days before Kreutzmann's 19th birthday. In November of 1965, the Warlocks became The Grateful Dead. Meeting fellow percussionist Mickey Hart in the fall of 1967 would have a big impact on Kreutzmann's career. The two percussionists' remarkable cohesion, synchronicity, and driving power would a be a hallmark of the Grateful Dead sound for the next thirty years. Their ten-minute drums solos, a feature of every show from 1978-1995 became legendary in the rock world. Kreutzmann remained with The Grateful Dead until its dissolution following the sad passing of Garcia in 1995, making him one of the four members to play at every single one of the band's 3,500 shows. By 2000 Bill was back on the road with The Other Ones (Weir, Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Kimock, Mark Karan, and Alphonso Johnson). The Other Ones were so successful that, in 2003 the band began touring as The Dead. Bill also does work as a visual artist and, in 2001, began releasing limited edition reproductions of his digital artwork. Beautiful too >>> see for yourself <<<
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Butch Trucks
Butch Trucks
For 30 years now, Butch Trucks has helped to propel the intricate rhythms behind The Allman Brothers Band's intricate harmonies. This hard hitting drummer has been there with fellow drummers Jai Jaimoe and Marc Quinones to lift the Brothers' fans off their feet. That otherworldly zone of rhythm and harmony and true-as-blue blues-rock has made The Allman Brothers Band one of the greatest live outfit in the history of rock 'n' roll. Twenty years ago, they were the pioneers of Southern Rock. Now with more than a hundred jam bands that name the Brothers as a direct influence, as do some of the finest contemporary blues musicians, the band is so much more. As excited as he is about the Brothers' upcoming 30th anniversary, Trucks seems equally enthused about his new supergroup side project, Frogwings, featuring Quinones; Burbridge, who also plays with Aquarium Rescue Unit and in his own Peacemakers side project; his keyboard-playing brother and fellow ARU member Kofi Burbridge; ARU-Jazz Is Dead guitarist Jimmy Herring; Blues Traveler vocalist-harpist John Popper, and Trucks' 19-year-old guitar sensation nephew Derek Trucks.
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Frankie Banali

Frankie Banali (drummer). Birthday:- November 14th 1953, Bands:- Queit Rio
This hard hitting, deep pocket, heavy rock drummer from the LA rock scene is maybe mainly known through his bands Quiet Riot & WASP; As well as his heavy band schedule Frankie has sessioned with many other great bands & artists including Billy Idol, Glenn Hughes, Gary Hoey, Billy Thorpe, Monarch, Pat Thrall, Heavey Bones and others. His influences over the years range from Ringo and Charlie Watts to John Bonham to Terry Bozzio and other progressive players. Quiet Riot were recently animated and featured on "The Simpsons" television show in the episode "The Father, The Son and the Holy Guest Star." Quiet Riot has now entered in the Simpsons Hall Of Infamy following in the footsteps of musical luminaries as the Beatles, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Aerosmith, The Who, Peter Frampton, Paul and Linda McCartney and U2's Bono.





"Playing The Band - the Musical Life of Jon Hiseman"
by Martyn Hanson

This book takes you on the roller-coaster ride that is the life of Jon Hiseman - one of Britain's top drummers. It's a personal journey through one of the most intriguing and fascinating periods in rock and pop history, telling in detail of the forces, the personalities, the triumphs and disappointments that make up a life spent at the centre of modern music...and all set against the background of how, in the second half of the 20th century, the British music industry reached dizzying heights…until the advent of new technology brought it back to earth with a bump! It is not just a story of a life in music; it is a tale of individualism, survival, friendships and rivalry, romance, brutal reality and the occasional insanity. Above all, it's the story of a man who describes himself as 'a cautious optimist' and who considers his greatest achievement, the enduring love affair with saxophonist and composer Barbara Thompson.

CKA Limited ~ Temple Music Books

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"The Magnificent Eric Delaney"
by Eddie Sammons

ERIC DELANEY ...a remarkable musician ...a remarkable showman ...a remarkable person ...a remarkable life. Now, at last, Eric has given his blessing to a book about him and made his files and records available. Within these pages just a little of his dynamic life and his bands is revealed. He himself has a few words to say and so do his many friends and colleagues. "I think he's one of England's greatest performers" - Kenny "R2-D2" Baker "A wonderful human being." - Kenny Ball "The greatest showman without a doubt." - Elkie Brooks ".showman and musician supreme." - Tony Fisher "I've admired his musicianship and I admire him as a person." - Terry Lightfoot "Technically he is superb.one of the great showmen." - Humphrey Lyttelton "He's just fantastic." - Alan Skidmore "An artist, an absolute showman." - Sheila Southern .. That's ERIC DELANEY


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