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Famous Drummers From A to Z > J

Famous Drummers


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 J.

Al Jackson
Born: 1934. Died: 1975. Bio and discography of the drummer best known for powering the group Booker T and the MG's. Courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.

Duffy Jackson
Performing since the age of 4, Duffy had a reputation as a "Jazz Wonderkid" and appeared on national TV. He performed with Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, and Monty Alexander while still in his teens. Since then he has worked with Sammy Davis, Jr., Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington. Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, and many others.

Gene "Action" Jackson
Gene has worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, and many other jazz greats. This link contains a brief bio and selected discography. From the Europe Jazz Network.

Jaimoe (aka Johnny Lee Johnson)
Born: July 8, 1944. Jaimoe is one of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band and has been powering the band for more than 30 years. In addition to his drumming skills, Jaimoe has become known for wearing body suits and throwing fruit into the audience. Enjoy this Web site, courtesy of The Mississippi Writers and Musicians Project of Starkville High School.

Bobby Jarzombek
If you're into clean double bass chops, check Bobby out at his official Web site above. And for instruction from Bobby on how he does what he does, check out his DVD Performance & Technique.

Akira Jimbo
This innovative drummer, from Tokyo, uses a custom drum setup consisting of acoustic drums, digital drums, and sequencers to trigger not only the sound of percussion instruments, but the sounds of an entire band as well.

Gus Johnson
Bio and obituary of Gus Johnson, best known for his work with Count Basie. Courtesy of "Fuller Up The Dead Musician Directory" at elvispelvis.com.

Elvin Jones
Born: September 9, 1927. Good bio of Elvin, the propelling force behind Coltrane's music. From the Europe Jazz Network.

Harold Jones
Discography, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.

Hilary Jones
She has played at the Montreaux Jazz Festival with Lee Ritenour, appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine, and now has her own CD called "Soaring." Visit Hilary's own Web site.

Kenney Jones
Kenney has played with some of the most influential rock bands in the business Small Faces, The Faces, and The Who. Over the years he has worked with numerous others. Click the above link for his Discography and this link for Kenney's Bio.

"Papa" Jo Jones
Born: October 7, 1911. Died: September, 1985. For 14 years Papa Jo was one-quarter of the All-American Rhythm Section, which included Walter Page on bass, Freddie Green on guitar and none other than Count Basie on piano. I interviewed him shortly before he passed away and he had this to say to other drummers: "Just keep on keepin' on." Click the above link for a tribute to the great drummer, from JazzTimes.com. Here's Papa Jo's bio and discography from ArtisDirect.com.

"Philly" Joe Jones
Born: July 15, 1923. Died: September, 1985. Click the above link for a bio on the great Philly Joe, and here's a selected discography. Courtesy of Duke University.

Rufus "Speedy" Jones
Here's a bio and discography on "Speedy," best known for his work with Maynard Ferguson and Count Basie. From ArtistDirect.com.

Uriel Jones
Uriel Jones is an original member of the Funk Brothers, who were the band behind the hit records that came out of Motown in the 1960s. Originally expected to be a clone of drummer Benny Benjamin, Uriel proved that he could do that plus rock harder than any of the other Motown drummers! Uriel can be heard on recordings with many of the greatest Motown artists, including the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell and Stevie Wonder.

Click the following for a sample of his performance at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival 2005.

Click here for an exclusive video interview with Uriel Jones, courtesy of Tiger Bill.

Steve Jordan
This Grammy Award winning drummer performed with David Sanborn, Keith Richards, Patti Austin, George Benson, BB King, Spiro Gyra, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Neil Young and others. Click the above link for Steve's Yamaha Artist page.

Joey Jordison
Here's a discography of the drummer with Slipnot.

Johnathan Joseph
Born: October 25, 1966. Johnathan has worked with Stanley Turentine, Monty Alexander, Lou Donaldson, Mongo Santamaria, steel drummer Othello Molineaux, Grammy Award winning vocalist Betty Wright, The Zawinul Syndicate, Pat Metheny, and others.


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