Some History of Drumming

Links to some great sites about history of drums, drummers and drumming!

Art Blakey (All-Music Guide)
Biography, alumni, books, cd’s, dvd’s

Babatunde Olatunji
He brought West African rhythms to the Western world from Nigeria, and changed music as we know it with his 1959 album, Drums of Passion.  Babatunde taught the Gun-Dun-Go-Do-Pa-Ta notation system of hand drumming.

Baby Dodds (the Father of all drum kit drummers)
Baby Dodds was one of first great drummers of Jazz and the brother of Johnny Dodds. Baby got his start playing in parades in New Orleans

Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie (World’s Most Recorded Drummer)
Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set

Buddy Rich Bio, Discography (All-Music Guide)
When it came to technique, speed, power, and the ability to put together incredible drum solos, Buddy Rich lived up to the billing of “the world’s greatest drummer.”

Chick Webb: King of the Savoy (All-Music Guide)
Webb fought off congenital tuberculosis of the spine in order to become one of the most competitive drummers and bandleaders of the big band era

Dave Tough (w/Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey)
Dave Tough was famous (and infamous) for several things. He was a subtle and versatile drummer who hated to solo. He was an intellectual whose career was often rather aimless.

Philly Joe Jones (w/Miles, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie)
A fiery drummer and a masterful accompanist, Philly Joe Jones came to fame as a key member with the first classic Miles Davis Quintet

Steve Gadd: The Official Website
Team Gadd will keep you up to date on what the award-winning drummer is doing

Tony Williams (AMG All Music Guide)
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

Tony Williams: Finding His Beautiful Vase
After considering the question, he says he never had to earn money making music he did not want to make

Zutty Singleton (w/Doc Cooke, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller)
He popularized the use of brushes and drum solos in Jazz and had some of the best technique of the era. Zutty got his start at the Rosebud Theater in New Orleans with Steve Lewis in 1915

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