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Drummers From A to Z > M
Your complete resource to info on the most famous drummers
in the world. This page contains everyone who's anyone with a last name
beginning in the letter M.
Pete is a drummer, percussionist, author, and educator who has worked with many
well known artists including Diana Ross, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Mose Allison,
Don Menza, George Coleman, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, Don Ellis, and others.
He has also written many books such as the popular Musician's
Guide to Polyrhythms.
For more on Pete, check out his official Web site.
Interview with Extreme drummer Mike Mangini, by Dominick A. Miserandino.
Courtesy of TheCelebrityCafe.com.
Died: September 26, 1984. I hung out with Shelly in LA a few years before
his death. Every musician in LA owes a debt to Shelly, who almost single-handedly
started the studio scene there. In addition to countless movie and TV
soundtracks, Shelly played with Stan Kenton, Art Pepper, and fronted his
own group. A great guy and a tasty player, LA will never be quite the
same without him. This interview includes Real Audio sound, courtesy of
Here's a short bio on ex-Primus drummer Brain, along with other info from
his work with Primus. Also, check out my review of Brain's first instructional
video, Brain's Lessons.
The multi-talented Cole wins the award for the youngest drummer ever to appear
on any "Famous Drummer" list - he just turned 5 years old! (2003) At
beat. At 2, he was playing difficult gospel pieces in his dad's church band and,
at the age of 4, his
spot on the
show "America's Most Talented Kid." And he has
music to boot. Click the above link and check out his Demo Reel for yourself!
Also, check out Cole in TigerBill's DrumBeat exclusive
video taken at Winter
NAMM 2004, as he plays along to Ozzy's 'Crazy Train' without benefit of the
soundtrack. Cole plays the entire tune from memory! The headphones Cole is
wearing in the video are solely for hearing protection.
(Note: The unavoidable
background drum roar you hear is the sound of other drummers demoing gear
on the floor of the NAMM show.)
Born: 1923. Here's a discography of Art's work, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
Drummer, composer, and arranger in both classical and jazz mediums, Sherrie
is also leader of her own band (DIVA) and quintet (FIVE PLAY). Click the
above link for her official Web site. Check out Sherrie's discography,
courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
Rick's brother, Jerry, is a fine drummer in his own right having worked
with Peter Gabriel, Tony Levin, Los Lobos, Paul McCartney, Sarah Mc
Lachlan, Robbie Robertson,
Stevie Nicks, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, Rick Springfield,
and many more.
Excerpts from an 1987 Modern Drummer interview with the Steely Dan drummer.
From Metal Leg, The Steely Dan Magazine.
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Born: 1962. One-third of the group Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Billy
has also worked with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Brazilian outfit Pe
De Moi, samba group Batucada (co-founded with Manuel Montiero), John Zorn's
Cobra, Chuck Mangione, Bobby Previte, Ned Rothenburg, and others. The
above link is Billy's bio, courtesy of the Europe Jazz Network. Here's
and discography, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
Born: February 22, 1947. Here's a bio and discography on the famous Jazz-Funk-Session
artist Harvey Mason. From FourPlayJazz.com. Here's a selected discography.
Hailing from the UK, Dave Mattacks has worked with Richard Thompson, Jethro
Tull, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Elton John, Andy Fairweather-Low, Chris Rea,
Georgie Fame, and others. Check out his homepage, courtesy of The Folk
The Swiss born drummer, Jojo, played his first public performance in Hong
Kong at the age of 3. Since then, he has worked with Monty Alexander's
group, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Screaming Headless Torsos, Vernon
Reid's science project, DJ Spooky, Vienna Art Orchestra, John Medeski,
and many more. See his bio, resume, interviews, and more. Courtesy of
Jojo's official Web site.
Raised in Denmark, Marilyn is a percussionist, drummer, singer, composer,
vocalist, pianist, dancer, and bandleader. She has worked with Miles Davis,
Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter, and Jan Garbarek among others. View her bio
and discography, compliments of Europe Jazz Network.
Iron Maiden drummer "Boomer" answers 20 questions, posed by
Metal Sludge (Warning: Question #9 gets my Gross Question of the Century
award). Also, a short blurb
and pico of Nico, from Kheldan's Iron Maiden Pit. Here's McBrain's
bio, courtesy of the Iron Maiden Official Website.
Click the above link for Ray's "Delayed Reaction," by William
P. Gottlieb. Here's the bio
and discography of the famous Swing era drummer, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
Check the above link for info on the Tower of Power drummer, from rhythmtech.com.
for the written and audio transcript of a Russ Mckinnon fill.
Son of famed jazz saxophonist Don Menza, Nick has become famous in his
own right. Check out Nick's bio at his own Web site.
Aside from his drum work with Jimi Hendrix, Buddy also put out the successful
album "Them Changes," and sang lead for Santana! Remember the
California Raisin commercial from TV? Buddy recorded it. His bio is courtesy
of The Robert Fitzpatrick Organization.
Born: July 4, 1944. Click the above link for The Butch Miles Tribute Page.
Comprehensive info on Butch, including lessons, sound files, quotes, interviews,
discography, and more. By firstname.lastname@example.org
Russ is one of the top touring and session drummers in Los Angeles and
he is the author of three books, including the book/CD and video Drum
Set Crash Course. Click on Russ Miller above to get to his official Web
Born: December 24, 1970. Check out the above link for Marco's bio, resume,
tour dates, and more. From Marco's official Web site.
For a sample of his performance, see our exclusive video coverage of
Breton International Drum Festival 2005.
Born: July 9, 1947. Click the above link for a great site that covers
Mitch Mitchell from pre-Hendrix to the present. Includes bio, MP3's, discography,
drum gear, and more. Courtesy of Azar, a Mitch Mitchell fan.
Zigaboo's Official Web site contains bio, discography, tour dates, Real
Audio sound clips, photos, and more.
Click the above link for an interview with Sugarfoot, from
baila.net. And don't miss his bio, resume, and discography here,
courtesy of www.clavia.se.
Author, clinician, and performer, Dom has worked with Mose Allison, Herb
Ellis, Ahmad Jamal, Clark Terry and others. Check out his Offical Web
Son of the famous pianist/composer Thelonius Monk, T.S. (Thelonious Sphere)
is a drummer, bandleader, composer, and vocalist who, in addition to performing,
created the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to sponsor music education.
Check out his bio, courtesy of EdKeane.com.
Born: August 23, 1947. Inspiration for the Muppet drummer Animal,
The Who drummer Moon trashed more drum sets than most of us get the chance
to play in a lifetime. Keith brought excitement and wild energy to drumming.
This site contains a good discography and bio of drumming legend. Current
address: Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, due to a drug overdose at age 31. From
Drummer and founding member of the funk band Galactica, Stanton has also
produced some solo efforts. Check him out at the above link, his Official
Best known for his (drumming and composing)work with Spyro Gyra, Richie
is a versatile musician who has worked with such varied artists as the
Brecker Brothers, Gato Barbieri, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Grover Washington
Jr., and Carly Simon among others. View his brief bio at the Europe Jazz
Network. Check out his drum setup,
courtesy of Yamaha.
Born August 5, 1941. Brazil born Airto is an extraordinary percussionist
who has worked with many of the greatest players in jazz such as Cannonball
Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond, Joe Zawinul, and Miles Davis. He was
the original drummer with Weather Report and later joined Chick Corea's
original Return to Forever group, which also featured Airto's wife - singer
Airto's own homepage contains bio, reviews (including drummer polls won
over the years), and photos of his gear.
Check out exclusive TigerBill's DrumBeat video excerpts of his performance
at The Connecticut PAS Day of Percussion 2004.
to Airto, Jim Royle, and Danny Freeman who appear in the above clip.)
Joe is one of the greatest drum technicians who ever lived and I'm
not just saying that because he was one of my instructors. Anyone
who has studied with Joe will tell
you the same thing, just ask Danny
Joe not only has terrific chops but unbelievable four-way
coordination as well. He is truly unique. Click
here for Joe's bio on the
PAS site, where he was inducted into their
here for info on Joe's latest recordings. And Click
here for audio clips from Joe's 1994 release "Morello
Rod's own regularly updated homepage supplies bio, discography, news updates,
drum tips, and opportunities to purchase his drum instructional books/videos.
Includes Real Audio (RealPlayer available on his site) and MP3 sound clips
from some of his work.
Born: 1931. Paul has worked with jazz greats Tony Scott, Lennie Tristano,
Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Pettiford,
Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders, Mose Allison, and others. Bio courtesy
of Europe Jazz Network.
Born: November 21, 1948. Mouzon's Web site, brought to you by Tenacious
Records, contains bio, reviews, photos, sound bytes, video clips, tour
info, and just about everything you'd want to know about Alphonse.
Jonathan has worked with Alice Cooper, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Peter
Frampton, Frank Gambale, Joe Lynn Turner, and many others. This, his Official
Web site, contains a bio, discography, drum gear, news, photos, transcriptions
from his two "einstein" CDs, and more. Audio/Video clip section
to-be-completed as of September 2001.
Click the above link for a bio and discography of Don Moye, who played
with many jazz greats but is best known for his work with the avant-garde
group the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Includes Real Audio samples.
Born: November 13, 1939. One of the most innovative drummers in soul music
of the '60s. Above link features a brief bio. Here's an interview
Born: October 31, 1961. Click the above link for the bio of U2 drummer
Larry Mullen, Jr. And check out the transcript of Larry and singer Bono's
on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Courtesy of Unoffical
Web site www.atu2.com.
In-depth discography on Sunny, courtesy of George Scala.
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