Drums & Jazz Drummers
Max Roach In classical music, only two people are important, the composer and the conductor. Everybody else is a serf. But in jazz, a thing of beauty is created collectively with everybody getting to express an idea. And that reflects what democratic society is --- or should be.
typical drum set consists of five drums: 14" snare drum, 22" bass drum, 16"
floor tom, and 12" and 13" rack toms (also called rack toms or toms). The
traditional method of describing drum sizes: depth followed by diameter. Thus, a
10"x12" tom is 10" deep and 12" in diameter; a 6 1/2"x14" snare drum is 6 1/2"
deep and 14" in diameter; and so on. Some companies, however, prefer to reverse
you don't already own a drum throne, purchase one. You'll be spending hours at
your set so select a throne that is sturdy and comfortable. Set the height of
the throne so that it carries most of your weight. This'll make you "light" on
your feet so you can play your pedals with maximum speed and agility. Position
the throne so you can reach the bass pedal comfortably.
Cymbal Playing Techniques
you learn more about your drums, you'll find that there is no right or wrong way
to do anything. What matters is what works best for you
Alyn Cosker has emerged as the top young drummer on the Scottish jazz scene, handsomely fulfilling the promise he showed as a teenager in the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra.
He has gone on to work in a variety of other contexts, from the Tommy Smith Quartet and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to Celtic-rock outfit Wolfstone.
His work as a composer is less familiar. ‘There are a lot of styles going on within his trio, and he wanted to challenge himself’
The trio first came to notice in a sensational set at the Glasgow Jazz Festival’s Homecoming concert last year, introducing electric guitarist David Dunsmuir to a hitherto unsuspecting jazz audience, the better-known Ross Hamilton completing the trio on bass.
Born in Cardiff. Moved to London late 60's and studied percussion at the Royal Academy of Music [Pete Jacobsen and Stan Sulzmann were also studying there at the same time. Joined Mike Westbrook in 1979; worked with his various ensembles and big band and toured Europe and Australia. Was a member of the Tim Whitehead Quartet, with Pete Jacobsen and Arnie Somoygi, for twelve years; has been a member of Don Weller's Quartet and his big band for sixteen years and the John Critchenson -Art Themen Quartet for ten years.
For the last five years he has been teaching drum kit and percussion for the Borough of Croydon, and am now their Percussion Coordinator. Also teaches at the Royal Ballet School, Richmond Park and Shrewsbury House School in Surbiton
Bobby Orr was born on 15 August 1928 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland..His childhood was spent surrounded by, and immersed in, the rich drumming traditions for which the Scots are world renowned. Bobby's father was a drum major, and it was probably written in the stars that he would become a drummer The fact that he began at the tender age of three gives you some idea of the talent we' are dealing with here.
Bobby regularly played at Ronnie Scott's Club, backing top American jazz stars like Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Milt Jackson, and Dizzy Gillespie Bobby Orr is one of the true talents of British drumming - a simple summing up for a man who has spent the best part of 70 years playing the instrument we love. His drumming credentials are exemplary and to talk of the past is to see a drummer of an ilk and style that are all too rare these days. But the thing that most impresses is the inspirational way Bobby Orr still plays at 78 years old and recently appeared with Tommy McQuater the veteran Scots trumpeter at Ealing Jazz Festival before his demise.
Jazz Eddie - while erecting posters for Gig 17 in Princes Risborough I was approached from behind by a curious senior citizen - mmm Jazz Eh - have you heard of Bobby Orr the world famous Jazz Drummer? the gentleman said - "I have as it happens" was my terse and forward gazing reply - "Well that's me!" said Bobby - a enthusiastic conversation then ensued about jazz and lapsed well into the Scottish dialect. "Tell 'em I am still alive and drumming" he added. Walters Ash is Rich beyond compare and Scotland is fair Scunnert. Bobby had a spell as trumpeter with Basil Kirchin's band before giving up to concentrate on Drums after embouchure problems. Bobby's Trio + Guests appear at a fortnightly Sunday Jam Sessions at the Red Lion - Bradenham, Bucks. last of the season on 31st July 6 - 9pm
Bobby's Party Piece - Mozart -
Turkish March on an HB Pencil
Royster Jr Drum Solo Video
Tony Williams' death in 1997 of a heart attack after routine gall bladder surgery was a major shock to the jazz world. Just 51, Williams (who could be a very loud drummer) seemed so youthful, healthy, and ageless even though he had been a major drummer for nearly 35 years. The open style that he created while with the Miles Davis Quintet in the mid- to late '60s remains quite influential, and he had a long list of accomplishments during the decades that followed. Williams' father, a saxophonist, took his son out to clubs that gave him an opportunity to sit in; at 11, the youngster already showed potential. He took lessons from Alan Dawson, and at 15 was appearing at Boston-area jam sessions. During 1959-1960, Williams often played with Sam Rivers, and in December 1962 (when he was barely 17), the drummer moved to New York and played regularly with Jackie McLean. Within a few months he joined Miles Davis, where his ability to imply the beat while playing quite freely influenced and inspired the other musicians; together with Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter he was part of one of the great rhythm sections. Williams, who was 18 when he appeared on Eric Dolphy's classic Out to Lunch album, stayed with Davis into 1969, leading his own occasional sessions and becoming a household name in the jazz world. In addition to his interest in avant-garde jazz, Tony Williams was a fan of rock music, and when he left Miles he formed the fusion band Lifetime, a trio with Larry Young and John McLaughlin. After leading other versions of Lifetime (one of them starring Allan Holdsworth), Williams stuck to freelancing for a time, studied composition, and toured with Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. band. By the mid-'80s, he was heading his own all-star hard bop group which featured Wallace Roney as a surrogate Miles Davis and a repertoire dominated by the drummer's originals (including the standard "Sister Cheryl"). After breaking up his longtime quintet in 1995, Williams gigged a bit with a trio, recorded a very interesting set of original music for the Ark 21 label, and seemed to have a limitless future. His premature death makes one grateful that he started his career early and that he was extensively documented.
Billy Cobham Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living drummers, Cobham’s dazzling skills have seen him perform with the finest including George Benson, Jack Bruce, Count Basie, Miles Davis and John McLaughlin. His latest project hooks him up with a band Asere, a band that epitomise the Cuban street music sounds of 1950s New York, where Billy grew up. With Asere's raw, gritty groove and Billy's explosive, spectacular playing style, together they produce dynamite sounds.
Winston Clifford is one of Britain's leading jazz drummers. Born September 1965. In 1979 - Studied with ex-Tubby Hayes drummer Bill Eyden. 1985 studied drums with Trevor Tomkins at Guildhall School of Music. Has played with many musicians including Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, Jason Rebello, Gary Husband, Pete King, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Iain Ballamy, Leroy Osbourne, Ronnie Scott Band, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Tony Remy, Steve Williamson Band, Jean Toussaint Band, Slim Gaillard, Bobby Watson, Monty Alexander, Gary Bartz, Art Farmer, Archie Shepp, Freddie Hubbard etc. Has appeared at many International Festivals & recorded albums with Frevo, Roadside Picnic, Jean Toussaint, Andy Hamilton, Brian Dee Trio, Harry Beckett Quintet & Jan Ponsford. Appeared on Channel 4, BBC 2 & ITV as well as radio broadcasts. He has worked with Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, Jason Rebello, Iain Ballamy, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Jean Toussaint, Orphy Robinson, Bobby Watson, Monty Alexander, Birelli Lagrene and Joey Calderazzo. He has performed in New York and Bombay with Carmen Lundy and is featured on her latest album, Old Devil Moon. He sings a mean song all by himself too!
is self taught and because he could not have a drum set where he
lived he learned to play on pillows and other surfaces at hand, thus Mark’s
style is totally unique, but unlike many self taught players he has a very clear
concept of his meticulous technique and can explain, slow down and demonstrate
the type of playing and concept of time that has baffled drummers for years, but
only after astonishing us by revealing that he plays everything he knows with
just 7 rudiments, surely a comfort for young players daunted by the prospect of
learning endless stickings etc.
was self-taught until 18 years old at which point he started
studying with Steve Gilbert - an amazing drummer from Manchester - at Salford
University. Whilst at there he began playing in small jazz groups and function
bands, and also for the university big band. It was whilst playing for the
latter that he was asked to join the Andy Prior Orchestra. Whilst still at
college he was touring the UK and playing on various TV/Radio shows with Andy
Prior. At this time he twice won the Radio 2 Big Band drummer of the year award.
ElliottI gained a lot of experience from working with Andy and made lots of
contacts. During this time he was playing in as many difference ensembles as he
could fit in - jazz groups, rock bands, orchestras and musicals etc.
Stephen Keogh Born in Ireland, Stephen followed his studies there with private lessons in London and New York. He played as percussionist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, contemporary music ensembles and many visiting jazz artists including Sonny Fortune, Eddie Locklaw Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Pat La Barbera, Louis Stewart, and James Moody. A move to London in 1988 led to tours and recordings with many British and American jazz artists including Stan Tracey, Charles McPherson, Art Farmer, Jason Rebello, Jean Toussaint and Benny Carter. Since moving to Barcelona in 1990, Stephen has worked all over the world with many great musicians including Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Harrold Land, Peter King Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Mark Turner, Herb Ellis, Benny Golson and Steve Grossman. He a member of the European Jazz Piano Trio led by Bill Charlap, Peter King Quartet and co-leads the Urban Jazz Quintet and Urban Jazz Ensemble.
Chris Dagley 'Drummer' 1972-2010
UK session drummer Chris Dagley
(here Aged 12) has performed with NYJO, Jamiroquai, Lalo Schifrin,
Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, and Chaka Khan Fame Academy and BBC
The shocking death of drummer Chris Dagley at 38 has robbed British jazz of one of its most respected and best-liked performers. Bright, friendly and conscientious, he was a crisp, hard-swinging drummer who took pride in his work and never gave it less than 100 per cent. As a member of Ronnie Scott’s house band, the James Pearson Trio, he was one of the busiest musicians in London. He was killed on his way home from the club in the small hours, when his motorcycle crashed on the A40 dual carriageway near White City. There were no witnesses. 28/7/10
He leaves a wife and three young daughters making this a heartbreaking family tragedy in addition to the considerable loss to the music.
James Maddren was born and brought up in Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, Sussex. When 11 he started school at Christ's Hospital and went on to play in several bands and orchestras. He left CH in summer 2005 and is currently studying jazz percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London. James enjoys listening to and playing all kinds of music. He has plays with Marc Copland/Stan Sulzmann quartet, Phil Donkin, Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes Trio, Martin Speake quartet, Phronesis, Jonathan Bratoeff quartet, Tangent, Andrea Vicari quintet, Quentin Collins, Claire Martin and many other musicians and bands across London and the U.K.
Drum Battle - Animal Versus Buddy Rich
a fierce drum battle with
Buddy Rich, which Animal, of course, won, eventually smashing a snare
drum over Buddy's head.
Animal / Verrell with Rita Moreno Singing -
A favoured sticks man with the Walker Bros was the dapper ‘drummer’s drummer’, Ronnie Verrall. Something of a legend amongst session circles even then, Verrall would play on many of the Walker’s group and solo sessions, often stretching out on the floor between takes to ease his bad back. Like many of the musicians used at these sessions, Verrall came from a Jazz background, and the techniques of such an education are used to great effect in the context of these ‘pop’ songs. Verrall’s rolling Tom fills, especially on ‘In my room’, ‘Archangel’ and ‘People Get Ready’ would add an unexpected edginess to these tracks. The vivid fills sometimes seem as if they are just about to tumble out of time – they never do. Players like Verrell are typical of the Jazz influence inherent in the Walker’s recordings, a flavour that would add another unique ingredient to an already quixotic mix.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Bill Bruford Drummer Bill Bruford is well ahead of this particular field. A founder member of Yes in the 1960s, he has straddled the divide between rock and jazz in a career which has taken him from the drum stool in King Crimson and Genesis to leading his own groups - Bruford from 1977 to 1981, and Earthworks since 1985. The current Earthworks album, A Part, And Yet Apart, is his most orthodox jazz outing yet, a spry collection of tunes played by an acoustic quartet comprised of Bruford, Steve Hamilton (piano), Mark Hodgson (bass) and Patrick Clahar (saxophone).
As a composer he has received commissions for his quintet, an octet shared with pianist Dave Newton, "Continental Drift" (an 11 piece band co-composed with Stan Tracey commissioned by The Arts Council), and arrangements for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival big band. He has also written string quartet arrangements for his own group, Claire Martin, Tina May and the folk group Filska.
As a freelance drummer Clark has had 25 years' experience playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad (see list below), appearing on over 80 albums and touring in around 50 countries. He has been awarded "Best Drums" title three times in the British jazz awards and received endorsements from Zildjian Cymbals in 1998 and Vic Firth Sticks and Remo Drumheads in 1999.
Clark also teaches privately
and at school and has given masterclasses at Leeds College of Music, Royal
Academy of Music, Musicians' Institute, Bracknell jazz weekends and
festivals as well as overseas workshops.
Sebastian Rochford, Aberdonian whose massive hair looks as if someone has plugged him into the mains, has a musical background that explains much of the group Polar Bear's eclectic sound. "I first started playing drums along to Prince and Grace Jones records," he says. "Then I got into Iron Maiden, Metallica and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin." Only later did he discover jazz, and subsequently shared a teacher with orchestral percussionist Evelyn Glennie. "A lot of heavy metal drumming is highly technical and fast," he says. "But what I love is music that doesn't compromise, whether that's Tom Jobim or Pig Destroyer." Roachford has little time for jazz purists: "From the start jazz was a mixture of musics - New Orleans was a giant melting pot. I tend to like bands who are vague as to what their genre is." Plenty of critics have felt this new wave of jazz so distinctive that it ought to have its own label, (candidates include post-jazz and "skronk"), but Roachford is wary of pigeonholing. "I admire artists like Radiohead or Miles Davies, who have made very different records. In the end it's just their music, which they have stamped their identity on, and which people tell each other about. There's a precious freedom to manoeuvre that we'd hate to lose."
Mike Smith started playing Drums at the age of 9. He joined a Youth Big Band in the Oxford area when he was around 11 (which was co run by his father). At 13 he started attending rehearsals for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and at the age of 15 became the regular drummer. He stayed with the Orchestra for 5 years, during that time he worked with many great soloists and singers from the UK and the USA, namely, John Dankworth,, Cleo Lane, John Williams (the guitarist), Shorty Rogers to name but a few.
In 1987 Mike Joined the BBC Big Band and BBC Radio Orchestra. He was with the BBC up until 1997 and during that time he had the great honour of working with some world class composers/arrangers, soloists and singers; most notably, Robert Farnon, Angela Morley, Ronnie Hazlehurst, George Shearing, Georgie Fame, Madeline Bell, Bobby Shew and many others
Michael Keith - before
leaving UK in 1981, played jazz in and around London with a number
of players, including Lol Coxhill, Simon Picard and Veryan Weston. based
in Amsterdam, spent several years involved in theatre, modern dance and
mixed media performance groups & projects. Touring in Europe and
Australia. Moved to Asia in '87; in India played with several groups /
projects, incl. "East-West", w/Sarod master Usmahn Kahn. Zen Samba, w/Alryio
Lima (Weather Report): in Thailand, Korea and Japan, playing with
numerous players incl. Randy Cannon, Dave Sills, Dan Phillips, Ed Jones,
Damon Brown, Toku, Aoyagi Makoto, Yosuke Onuma, Shinji Nakamura, Paul
Jackson, Harvey Thompson, Kuwana Masahiro, Kojima Yoshinobu. Baba
Takayoshi, Philip Strange. Keith has returned to the UK shres for a
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