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 H.
Skip is a drummer, clincian, educator, and author who has worked with many of the finest musicians in the business including John Abercrombie, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Gomez, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, Jimmy Smith, Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter and Josef Zawinul. He has also recorded with Weather Report. In addition, Skip has been a professor of percussion at Berklee School of Music in Boston since 1982.
Click the above link for more on Skip at his Official Web site. Click the following for a sample of his performance at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival 2005.
Wolfgang's discography, courtesy ArtistDirect.com.
He has worked with Madonna, David Sanborn, Sting, Dire Straits, Mariah Carey, Miles Davis, David Bowie, and others. Check out the brief bio and his drum setup, compliments of Pearl Corporation.
With a first name like that, you know why everyone calls him Chico. From his first recording with Billie Holiday in 1941, up to his latest "Secret Place of Thunder" in 2000, Chico continues to keep on keepin' on. This site contains tour info, bio, photos, reviews, and even selected tracks from Chico's albums in MP3, courtesy of JoyousShout.com.
Born: April 20, 1908. Died: August 21, 2002. Lionel was a flashy, incredibly swinging musician whether he was behind a set of vibes of drums. Check out his Bio and Discography at the University of Idaho link above. And for Lionel in action, see Tiger Bill's Review of the Hudson Music DVD Lionel Hampton: Jazz Legend - King of the Vibes.
Here's a story on Jake, who has worked many jazz greats including Woody Herman, Harry James, Marian McPartland, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett, and Bing Crosby. Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee.
A percussion clinician best known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Learn more about Thom at the above link, courtesy of Zildjian.com. Also, check out Thom's Mobile Percussion Seminar Web site.
Bio of Nashville session drummer, courtesy of Countrypolitan.com.
Born: 1894. Died: 1986. Although better known as an author, percussionist Harr was also an active performer and educator. Click the above link for info on Haskell from the PAS Hall of Fame, who inducted him in 1972. Click here for more on Harr.
Avante Garde drummer who worked with Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Marion Brown, Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Roswell Rudd, Archie Shepp, Dave Burrell and many others.
Bio and partial discography of Joe Harris, who worked with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, Erroll Garner, Lester Young, James Moody, and more.
Born: November 29, 1940. Billy has worked with Shirley Horn, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz, Pharoah Sanders, and many more.
Official Web site of ex-Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who now works with his own band. Includes tour dates, interviews, and everything Mickey has been up to since his dead-head days. Also, an interview with Mickey from September 1996, courtesy of Hotwired.
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Steve's at home playing with Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, George Benson, Ravi Coltrane Group, or The Manhattan Transfer. Check out his cool Official Web site, includes MP3s.
Born: October 16, 1945. Click the above link for the bio of the drummer who has worked with many artists including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Paul Simon, Leon Russell, Cher, Bob Seger, Eddie Rabbitt, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, and, of course, Steve Winwood and Traffic. Here's a discography of some of Roger's work..
Country drummer Hawkins has worked with some of the greatest country talent of all time, including Dottie West and Reba McEntire. Check out the brief bio and drum setup, courtesy of Pearl.
Hayes has worked with many of the greatest names in jazz, such as Yusef Lateef, Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Cedar Walton, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, and others. View his bio, discography, equipment setup, and even send an email to the man himself, compliments of JazzCorner.com.
Born: March 13, 1925. Brief bio, compliments of the Europe Jazz Network. I had the opportunity to play double drums with Roy in a concert back in 1978, where he endorsed my book on Double Bass drumming. A great guy and a terrific talent. He can cook with the best of them.
Born: October 8, 1917 Died: September 27, 1988. JC was an influential swing drummer who played with many of the most important musicians in jazz from the 1930's until his death.
Albert, the younger brother of Percy and Jimmy Heath, has worked with greats like John Coltrane, J.J. Johnson, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, and others. He also took the drum chair with the Modern Jazz Quartet when Connie Kay passed away. Here's a bio and discography, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
Born: May 26, 1942. Levon's main claim to fame is as longtime drummer/singer for the Band. View his bio, discography, videos, and books at The Band's Web site.
There is currently very little info on the Web about Helmecke, the bass drum virtuoso with John Phillip Sousa's Band. The above link contains a photo and a brief blurb. And you can click here for more scattered info on Gus his role in Sousa's Band.
Born: July 22, 1947. Like Phil Collins, he has it all: Drumming, writing, singing, and a successful solo career. He offers some interesting insights in this interview by Robert Santelli. Courtesy of Bishop's Drum Shop.
Lots of info on the Latin/Fusion/Salsa drummer, from his Official Web site.
Whether playing Jazz with McCoy Tyner or Rock with Steve Winwood, this versatile drummer is always exciting. Click on the above link for an interview with El Negro, from Modern Drummer Magazine. At the end of the article, you can check out the rest of El Negro's official Web site.
Ex-Fear Factory drummer speaks out in an interview courtesy of Blistering.com.
One of the world's greatest congueros, Giovanni has played with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Michel Camilo, Ruben Blades, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum ensemble, Bruce Hornsby, Sammy Hagar, Joan Osborne, and Paul Simon. He has also recorded his own albums as bandleader. From the excellent site congahead.com.
Born: October 11, 1936. Died: May 4, 2001. Tasty. That's how I'd define Higgin's drumming and composing. He has worked with jazz greats from Sonny Rollins to Wayne Shorter. Learn all about Billy, courtesy of AllAboutJazz.com.
Formed the band Colosseum, which was one of the early Jazz/Rock fusion bands. Later, it evolved into a more hard rock format when David Clem Clempson and Chris Farlowe joined. The band remains highly regarded in Europe if largely unrecognized in the US. Here's a discography.
A multi-Grammy winning artist, Rodney has worked with Paul Bourelly, Victor Bailey, Joe Zawinul, Brecker Brothers (on their 1994 Grammy winning album "Out of the Loop"), Wayne Shorter, Larry and Julian Coryell, Santana, and others. Check out his Official Web site.
I first met Steve in 1979, when he was new to the Los Angeles scene. I had just gotten there myself and he'd call me to sub for him whenever he was overbooked, which was quite often. Steve is a great musician and does it all.
Born: May 23, 1938. Daniel has not only worked with many greats over the years, but has his own trio and is the suthor of Drum Book. Check out this European jazz drummer's Official Web site.
Here's some info on the session drummer, courtesy of WorkingDrummer.com.
Gary is equally at home composing or playing drums, keyboards, or guitar. Check out his Official Web site.
This classical tabla virtuoso is one of the most influential percussionists in the world music movement. He has performed with India's greatest classical musicians plus John McLaughlin, Mickey Hart, George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, and many others. Check out his bio, courtesy of eyeneer.com. And don't miss his interview, from Innerviews.org.
Here's a bio for Greg, who replaced Jeff Hamilton in Ray Brown's trio.and has worked with a number of jazz greats.
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