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Drummers From A to Z > Q & R
Your complete resource to info on the most famous drummers
in the world. This page contains everyone who's anyone with a last name
starting in the letter Q or R.
Alvin played with many of America's jazz greats for nearly 10 years until,
in 1979, he moved to Geneva. He has since created his own record label,
called Nilva Records, and he splits his efforts between recording famous
artists and new talent. Check out his bio, reviews, gear, and discography
Comprehensive discography of the drummer / percussionist's work.
Born: February 29, 1972. He gained fame after winning the Guinness World
Record for the World's Fastest Drummer and deservedly so. He gets my
vote for adapting and perfecting an old previously "gimmicky"
drum technique and applying it legitimately to modern music.
I consider Johnny's "FreeHand" technique a legitimate rudiment
that should be
by all drummers.
He has also written a best-selling
'n' Bass" on the Warner
the leader of the cool, innovative band "Super Action Heroes." Click
the above link to check out Johnny's band and sample some audio clips.
Raul has been playing congas with Carlos Santana since 1976. What a gig!
Click the above link for his bio, courtesy of LPmusic.com. Here's more
on Raul, from the Official Santana Web site and also a discography,
courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
De Los Reyes
Check Danny Reyes out on his official Web site, which includes interviews,
info on his album "San Rafael 560," photos, bio, and much more.
Here's some more
stuff on Danny, courtesy of Remo.com.
Walfredo's own Web site includes a bio, discography, photos, itinerary,
drum setup, and more. Check out this drummer, percussionist, composer,
Learn all about this influential Cuban drummer, who is the father of Danny
and Walfredo Jr. Courtesy of LPmusic.com.
After building an impressive reputation as a teenaged drum prodigy in Toronto,
Vito Rezza became a studio star who has worked with numerous artists including
Joni Mitchell, John Lee Hooker, Gino Vanelli, and more. Vito has been a
martial artist for over 20 years. For more on Vito, click the above link for
his Official Web site.
For a sample of his performance, see our coverage of the Cape
Breton International Drum Festival 2005.
Born: September 30, 1917. Died: April 2, 1987. Click the above link for
the Official Buddy Rich Web site that contains lots of info on the
master and includes a message board, photos, quotes, and even contact info
for booking the Buddy Rich Big Band or small group known as Buddy's Buddies
with the drumset occupied by Steve Smith or Dave Weckl. More info
can be found at the Buddy Rich Appreciation
Site, maintained by Roger Berg.
J.B.'s BR Page has quotes
and comments on Buddy by other musicians. Want more? How about
some photos of
Buddy, on Dennis Dennison's tribute site.
One of Australia's top players, Mike has recorded over 30 albums in the
UK and Europe. Check out his Web site for more info and, while you're
at it, you might as well stay for some free lessons.
Originally a tenor sax player who, as a teenager, toured with Paul Williams,
Dannie took up the drums in 1955 and six months later got a gig with Charlie
Mingus - after proving he could play at fast tempos. (Mingus loved counting
off tunes in the stratosphere.) He worked with Mingus for more than 20
years. Click the above link for more on Dannie, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
Born September, 1940. One of the most influential jazz drummers in Europe,
Alex has worked with Ray Brown, Ben Webster, Art Farmer, Ørsted
Pedersen, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Stephane Grapelli, Cat Anderson,
John Abercrombie, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Nat Adderley, Donald Byrd, Don
Cherry, Terry Gibbs, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, Bobby McFerrin, and many
others. This is his Official Web site.
Principal Percussionist/Assistant Principal Timpanist with the San Antonio
Symphony Orchestra, Marilyn Rife also performs with the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra. For a discography, sound samples, and an email address to get
in touch with Marilyn, visit her here on her Web site.
Check out the bio of this jazz drummer, who worked with the likes of Thelonious
Monk, Randy Weston, Mary Lou Williams, Sonny Rollins, Woody Herman, Stan
Getz, Billy Taylor, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Barron, Kenny Burrell, Phil
Woods and many others. Courtesy of www.jazzcorner.com.
Click above for Herlin's biography from jazzradio.org. And check out this
courtesy of www.pbs.org.
John has worked with the Woody Herman Band and has freelanced with Stan
Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer,
Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, and many others. Learn more from
his Official Web site, www.johnriley.org.
Drummer Chip Ritter not only plays but juggles his sticks at the same
time! Check out his performance in this video clip from the David
And you ain't seen nothin' until you've seen Chip's unique Storm Stick
Chip is also author of the book The R.I.T.T.E.R Method. Click
here for Tiger Bill's review.
Born: January 10, 1924. Max worked with the best, including Dizzy Gillespie,
Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Clifford Brown, Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell,
Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, and Coleman Hawkins. Check
out the guy who started the whole be-bop thing at the link above, from
Duke University. His bio
and discography come courtesy of the Europe Jazz Network.
Born: December 29, 1954. John got his break in 1978, when Rufus and Chaka
Khan saw him playing in a club and John wound up finishing the 1978 Rufus
world tour. Then Quincy Jones hired John to record Michael Jackson's Off
the Wall album and that was it. Since then, JR has become one of the most
recorded drummers in history. Check out JR's bio and drum setup, courtesy
of Yamaha Corporation.
If you're looking for a positive role model, you've found one in ROB THE
DRUMMER. For more than 15 years, Rob (aka Robert L. Gottfried) has been
bringing his powerful anti-substance abuse message to audiences of all
ages and in all places, including schools, prisons, Russian stadiums,
and even the White House lawn. He delivers his message through his dynamic
drumming skills. Check him out.
Check out the bio on Bobby a modern day renaissance man
who is an internationally-renowned performer, music educator, writer/author,
producer, health and fitness specialist/consultant, and CEO/Founder of
both Paranormal Records and Zen Man Publishing. Whew! Courtesy of Bobby's
official Web site.
Born: August 8, 1959. Poison drummer Rikki Rockett takes off on his bio,
giving you an uncensored picture of the industry and where it's at.
Any bets on what his real name is? Check him out and see.
Jazz legend who worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Gomez,
Tommy Flanagan, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Horace Silver, Ray Brown,
Joe Pass, Stanley Turrentine, McCoy Tyner, Sarah Vaughan, Phil Woods,
Joe Williams, and many more. Here's Mickey's discography.
If anyone has a good link on to ex- Spyro Gyra drummer Joel, please let
Performer, teacher, clinician, author, manufacturer, and adjudicator, Bill has been in the music business for over 50 years. His background in Rudimental drumming won him more than 85 awards. Click the above link for Bill's Official Web site.
Born: October 9, 1984. When Tony was 15 years old, he was voted #1 "Up
and Coming" drummer in Modern Drummer Magazine. Why? Check him
out at his official Web site.
Ilan appeared at the Modern
Drummer Festival 2001 when he was 12, after winning Modern Drummer
Magazine's Best Undiscovered Drummer Under 18 contest that year. Check
out some MP3s
of Ilan with his band F.o.N. And find out more about Ilan on the out the
Official F.o.N Web site.
Check out the AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudzevecuis (his real last name) at
this unofficial AC/DC Web site.
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