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Drummers From A to Z > W
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 W.
From Bill Watrous to Frank Zappa to Barbra Streisand to Alan Holdsworth,
Chad is equally skilled both in Jazz and Rock. Bio, courtesy of Europe
Born: April 23, 1952. Narada's work with Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff
Beck is highly regarded. In addition to the skins, he has produced (and
written for) such stars as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin,
Kenny G, and Al Jarreau. Check out his drum setup, courtesy of Pearl.
Born: May 5, 1948. Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward's Official Web site.
See what he's been up to post BS.
In the last ten years, Billy has worked with Jim Beard, Bill Evans Supergroup,
Leni Stern, George Russell, Living Time Orchestra, The Knack, Jimmy Webb,
Carly Simon, Richard Marx, ex-KISS star Ace Frehley's Comet, Bill Champlin,
Robbie Robertson, Yoko Ono, and Chris Whitley. Check out his Web site
which, among other topics, features his "Two Hands Clapping"
album, featuring 10 duets conceived and produced by Billy himself.
Click the following for a sample of his performance at the Cape
Breton International Drum Festival 2005.
Here's a brief bio and discography of the jazz drummer who worked with
Joshua Redman, Kenny Barron, Johnny Griffin, Tommy Flanagan, Clark Terry,
Lee Konitz, Benny Goodman, Mingus Dynasty Band, Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie,
Lionel Hampton, Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, and many others, courtesy of
ArtistDirect.com. Also, check out this feature
on Kenny, courtesy of AllAboutJazz.com.
Born: June 2, 1941. It seems like the Rolling Stones have been around
forever and so has the drummer providing the electricity for all those
years: Charlie Watts. Join in on an interesting "Weekend with Charlie
Watts," compliments of Rockmine.com.
Here's a bio, discography, and some photos of Tain, from Downbeat.com.
William "Chick" Webb
Born: Februry 10, 1909. Died: June, 1939. Despite having a hunched-back,
this powerhouse drummer displayed excellent technique in both ensemble
and solo drumming. He was a favorite of Gene Krupa and other drummers
of his time. Click the link above for the lowdown on his life, and here's
of Chick's work. Both from Duke University's Department of Music Web site.
Glenn has been teaching and playing drums for over thirty years and has been
on the faculty of five universities. In addition to running his own
of Percussion, he is also
the Instructor of Percussion at Seton
Hall University and the NJ Chapter President of the Percussive
As a performer, Glenn has worked and recorded with numerous artists. (Tiger
a former student of Glenn's.) Check out exclusive TigerBill's DrumBeat video
of Glenn performing at NJ Chapter PAS Day
Born: January 8, 1960. Dave Weckl's Official Web site contains Bio,
discography, itinerary, current drum set-up, photos, etc
Here's an article about Max by Curt Schleier from the Jewish Bulletin
of Northern California online. It's titled "E-Street to Conan, Max
Weinberg keeps on drumming." Also, check out these interviews
Born: February 17, 1942. Self taught, this jazz drummer's career began
at the age of 16. Click the above link for his bio, discography, gear,
and more, courtesy of JazzRecords.com.
Seven time Grammy award winner, Wertico has recorded with Ken Nordine,
Bobby Lewis, Kurt Elling, Pat Metheny, and others, not to mention his
own group. All you want to know is on his Official Web site.
From the '30s through the '60s, George Wettling worked with many of the
greatest names in jazz, as his profile attests. From Harlem.org. Here's
and discography, from ArtistDirect.com.
A pro since 1968. Alan has worked with YES (for nearly 25 years), Ginger
Baker's Airforce, Plastic Ono Band, Joe Cocker, Billy Preston, George
Harrison, John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Bobby
Keys, and others. Click the above link for his Alan's Official Web site.
And here's an interview
and audio clips of Alan with YES, from TheMusicIndex.com.
Born: Debember 19, 1949. Drumming legend Lenny White is at home with jazz
as he is with funk. He's played with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Stan
Getz, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, Chick Corea, Wallace Roney, and many others.
Lenny has also released several solo albums. From the SoulWalking Web
Ron has worked with The Storm, Foreigner, Richie Sambora, Cher, David
Lee Roth, Tamara Champlin, Randy Meisner, Spencer Davis, Dave Amato, Ricky
Phillips. David Glen Eisley, and many more. Click the above link for Ron's
Official Web site, which includes audio samples of Ron's work and much
Born: December 12, 1945. Died: February 23, 1997. Tony's death was a great
loss to drumming, but he'll live on forever in recordings like this one
from Verve, "Ultimate Tony Williams." Courtesy of Motion by
State51. Also, don't miss this retrospective
on Tony by Ralph Penland, courtesy of the Jazz Network News. And here's
Click the above link for Matt's Official
Web site. Get more info on Matt's drumming
and composing from JazzMap.
And here's a feature
on Matt from AllAboutJazz.com.
This drummer has performed on more than 30 recordings during the '90s
and has recorded and toured with such diverse musicians as Tom Waits,
John Scofield, John Zorn, Jim Hall, Tony Scherr, Sex Mob, Larry Grenadier,
Graham Connah's Sour Note, Crash Test Dummies, Curlew, Beth Custer, Chris
Dahlgren, Din Sum Clip Job, Spottiswoode, and others. He is also a founding
member of the New Klezmer Trio. Click the above link for Kenny's bio
and discography, from Artist Direct.com.
Here's a discography of the Duke's drummerman, from ArtistDirect.com.
Edwin Wright III (aka Tre Cool)
Born: December 9, 1972.Better known as Tre Cool, Frank came to fame
Day. Also, check out Tre's Official
Interview with Robert Palmer's drummerman, Dony Wynn. From The Unofficial
Robert Palmer Webpages.
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