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Drummers you should to know about...
I have put together a must watch list of videos from YouTube Showing some of the worlds most influential drummers for you to watch/study and enjoy. These guys have pioneered a new sound and movement for many modern day drummers and their creative approach and use of dynamics have shaped many of the sounds we now take for granted. Drumming techniques are evolving and here is the evidence. It is only with the help of recent video editing that their techniques have been revealed and many drummers can now enjoy applying these use of techniques to enhance your own playing. I hope you enjoy my choice and please do your own research to find the drummers that influence you.
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Buddy Rich 1917-1987
"There are two types of music, good and bad"
Referred to as the king of drummers. Buddy was a child prodigy and performed on traps drums from the age of 18 and by the age of 5 was earning £2000 per week wowing crowds with his drumming with a touring circus. He was said to have a natural approach to playing the drums and although claims have been made that he never had a formal lesson he spent a lot of time watching drummers and copying the likes of Stanford Moeller and many others over his career he developed an unmatched style of jazz and rudimentary drumming.
Gene Krupa 1909-1973
Always searching for the next sound
His brother attaining him a job in a music store the only instrument he could afford was a drum kit which he had to save for for sometime. His passion went beyond a fad and he made music history and played with all the greats of his time often being given the space to solo and impress the crowds and have a bit of fun.
Gene Krupa will forever be known as the man who made drums a solo instrument. He single-handedly made the Slingerland Drum Company a success and inspired millions to become drummers. He also demonstrated a level of showmanship which has not been equaled. Buddy Rich once said that Gene was the "beginning and the end of all jazz drummers." Louie Bellson said of Gene, "He was a wonderful, kind man and a great player. He brought drums to the foreground. He is still a household name."
Chris Coleman DOB 1981-Present
The most wanted session drummer on the music scene,
Chris has participated in several major gospel recordings, including Bishop Eddie Long, William Murphy Ministries and others. He plans to record with his band, "The Paradigm" in the very near future. Things have been on the up & up as of June 2006. Chris is now playing for R&B artist Rachelle Ferrell, as well as touring, promoting, & performing with his band. Chris also participated in the 2005 & 2006 "Drummers 4 Jesus" events. He is recognized in the Modern Drummer Mag for the Sept'05' & June'06' issues.
2007 was ever exploding for Chris. He is on tour full time with Beck, Chaka Kahn, as well as Rachelle Ferrell. In 2010 Chris appeared with big success at the Modern Drummer Festival and PASIC.
Tony Royster Jnr
The kick snare beat behind Jay-Z’s live performances of “Empire State of Mind” and “Show Me What You Got”… yes, that’s him. The melodic rhythm combined with complex combinations displayed at endless drummer competitions… yes, that’s him too. The drum prodigy known as Tony Royster Jr., who blew the industry (and his competition) away at the age of 11, is now a bonafide in-demand artist and music director. As the lead tour drummer for platinum selling rapper Jay-Z, Tony has traveled the world bringing his unique stick skills to the masses.
Beyond hip-hop, Tony is proficient in numerous styles including Jazz, Funk, Latin and Rock, lacing each genre with his own personal sound. Now 30 years old, Tony has graced the stage with legendary musicians Branford Marsalis, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, among others. In addition to being a mainstream go-to drummer, Tony has paid his dues time and again as a drummer dedicated to his craft. After making a name for himself winning the 1995 Guitar Center National Drum-Off competition where he faced drummers twice his age, Tony went on to perform and compete at the Modern Drummer Festival, the Montreal Drumfest, the Florida Drum Expo, as well as the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Professionally, Tony has honed his craft in high-profile performances in the Nickelodeon House Band, the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, and on the 2001 international tour of #1 selling Japanese artist, Hikaru Utada. Tony’s unique style and captivating background have landed him on the covers of various publications and top drummer lists, but it is truly the craft of drumming that keeps him hungry for more.
From a young age JoJo took to the drums after trying several bass instruments under his fathers guidance. He decided the drums were more exciting. He practiced every form of music especially jazz and became something special after practicing every day of his younger years in a basement. Jo Jo is a clinician educating drummer around the world. With the release of his DVD "Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer" (A must have in your drumming library.)
Forming his acclaimed Drum and Bass styled band 'Nerve' and performing endless drum clinic tours. He is a modern day drumming inspiration.