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"Learn everything and forget it all." ~ Charlie Parker

Below is an abbreviated list of some of the drummers I love to listen to.  There is a lot to enjoy and equally as much to learn from these players.  Not only is their playing a great pleasure, it's an education.  Enjoy & soak it in!

Afro-Cuban Drummers


Babatunde Olatunji!

Babatunde Olatunji (NPR broadcase on Babatunde Olatunji)

Candido Camero!

Candido Camero Congas

(Video: Conga Soul, 1962, Candido on congas)


Giovanni Hildalgo! 

 Giovanni on Giovanni Palladium congas & various Latin percussion with Edmar Castañeda on harp, Elio Villafranco on keys, Reynaldo Jorge on trombone and John Benitez on bass:


Juan de Marcos Gonzalez!

 Juan de Marcos Gonzalez of The Afro-Cuban All Stars - Indepth interview


Armando Peraza!

Armando Peraza (article)


Karl Perazzo!

KP Timbales


Tito Puente!

Tito Puente Timbales

(Video: Soneros De Bailadores: Tito & Giovanni on stage together w/ amazing solos!)


Raul Rekow (1956 - 2015)

With great sadness we remember the master conguero Raul Rekow who brought excitement and beauty to the world through his conga playing, musicianship and life.


Rekow Conga & Bongos


Dannie Richmond!

Dannie Richmond (interview); Discography


Poncho Sanchez!

Poncho Sanchez (website & music); Poncho Sanchez (article)

Video: The Poncho Sánchez Band playing One Mint Julep:


Mongo Santamaria!

Mongo Santamaria (music) & Discography; Mongo Santamaria (article); Mongo Santamaria (interview)


Cal Tjader!

Cal Tjader

Cal and Mongo playing Mamblues:


Carlos "Patato" Valdez!

Patato Congas

Carlos "Patato" Valdez (article)

In Remembrace of Carlos "Patato" Valdez (1926 - 2007)


Jazz Drummers (listed alphabetically by last name)

Brian Blade (article)

Brian Blade Solo with Joshua Redman

Art Blakey (interview)

Art Blakey Solo

Jack DeJohnette (interview)


Jack DeJohnette Performances!

Jack DeJohnette Solo with still photos


Gary Burton!

Gary Burton Solo


Lionel Hampton!

Linonel Hampton playing Flying Home on Vibraphone (Vibraharp)!


Lionel Hampton Soloing on Toms


Lionel singing! Lionel plays vibes and sings! a great rendition of Cute, composed by Neal Hefti, 1965

Tootie Heath (interview); Discography

Billy Higgins (interview)


Milt Jackson!

Milt playing J.J. Johnson's Lament

Milt playing Take the A Train

Milt Jackson (article)


Elvin Jones!

Elvin Jones' Solo

A lesson from Elvin Jones: a lesson in soloing; using the rhythm of the melody to develop a solo

Elvin Jones (article)


Philly Joe Jones!

Philly Joe Jones' Solo

Philly Joe Jones' Solo

Philly Joe Jones (article) 


Gene Krupa!

Gene Krupa (article)

Below: The Gene Krupa Quartet playing a fun rendition of Big Noise from Winnetka, 1967.  This video features a great duet between Gene and his bassist .  Among other things, Gene uses his sticks to play a gentle and beautiful solo on the strings of the upright bass while his bassist fingers the strings!


Joe Morello!

  Joe Morello - Bio Youtube videos - perforances & instruction!


Lewis Nash!

Lewis Nash (article); Youtube Videos (Master Classes with Lewis)


Max Roach!


Max Roach's infamous solo on solo cymbal & stand/font>

Max Roach Drum Waltz

Max Roach - Elvin Jones - Art Blakey Drum Battle

Article on the Max's innovations

Max Roach (interview)


Tony Williams!

Tony's splendid drumming with Miles

Tony Williams (article)


Steel Pan Players

Boogsie Sharp - Renowned Steel Pan player; many consider him to be the master of the pan.

Pan Ramajay - Steel pan band, consists of five players and an arsenal of nine steel pans and some woodwinds.  


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