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Drummers From A to Z > C
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 C.
Will, who received the Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance
by a drummer, has worked with a ton of greats, not to mention his gig
on Living Colour. Check out his official Web site.
Clayton has toured with the likes of George Shearing, Joe Pass, Joe Williams,
and Tony Bennett. He has also done a video called "The Living Art
of Brushes." (Click here for Tiger Bill's Review.)
Born: November 28, 1962. Drummer with Soundgarden, who replaced Jack Irons
in Pearl Jam. Find out all about it at his Unofficial Homepage, courtesy
of Chris Dadge.
The drummer with Tool has also done session work with Green Jello, Pygmy
Love Circus, and Carole King. Check out Danny's bio, along with bios for
the rest of Tool. Also, photos of Danny in action. From Nick's Tool page.
Got a question for Danny? Send him an email.
And get the latest news
on Danny and Tool, from Tool's official homepage.
Born: June 12, 1951. Here's an interview with Bun, courtesy of Rocknet.com.
Terri Lyne was working with jazz greats like Rashaan Roland Kirk, Max
Roach, Illinois Jacquet, and Clark Terryall before she could legally
drive! Learn more about her, courtesy of Yamaha.com.
Review of Adrian's group, Sonicanimation, from smh.com.
Lenny is a percussionist who has performed with Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs,
Toto, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Joe Sample,
Ricky Lee Jones, and many more. Photos from NicksFix.com.
Born: January 17, 1910. Died: March 25, 1951. Here's a bio of Big Sid,
best known for his work with Louis Armstrong. From JazzHall.com. Here's
During a career that spans over 25 years, percussionist/composer Andrea
Centazzo has given more than 1,000 concerts and live performances in Europe
and the United States. He has appeared and performed on numerous radio
and television broadcasts, recorded over 60 LPs and CDs, and has authored
350 compositions and eight musicology books. Centazzo has performed with
such avant-garde percussionists, soloists and composers as John Zorn,
Steve Lacy, Sylvano Bussotti, Don Cherry, Kristof Kaskel, Evan Parker,
David Moss, Pierre Favre and Tony Oxley. Since 1983, Centazzo has been
specializing in creating multi-media experiences combining both live solo
percussion performance with video images. For more, including bio, photos,
discography, compositions, audio clips, and touring calendar, click the
The Smashing Pumpkins' drummer owes a lot to Gene Krupa. Click the above
link and see what he has to say, courtesy of Yamaha.com.
Here's Matt's bio and discography, courtesy of Matt's Unofficial "Official"
site by Vikster.
Dennis, the Funkster, Chambers has played with some of the best in the
business, including Mike Stern, John Scofield, and John McLaughlin. Check
out his bio, courtesy of Downbeat.com. And don't miss this interview
with Dennis by Don Zulaica, from DRUMStuff.com.
Learn all about drummer/composer Joe Chambers from AllAboutJazz.com.
Born: July 1, 1952. Here's a bio and discography of the studio drummer,
courtesy of yahoo.com.
Jimmy is Mr. Coordination, as he practically created the concept single-handedly
when he published his now classic text "Advanced Techniques for the
Modern Drummer" in 1948.
I first met Jimmy in 1971 when I was studying with Joe Morello. When
Jim heard me play, he
autographed a copy of his then new book (Volume
II The Open End) and wrote "After hearing you play I know why they
call you Tiger."
Today, in his eighties, Jimmy still carries his pad and sticks with him
and every time he plays or talks drums, he's a kid again. I've never met
anyone more in love with drums than Jim Chapin.
Check out his Official Web site, courtesy of Alexandre Alexandrov and
Rob Birenbaum. You'll especially enjoy Jim's audio samples and you can
even download free lessons in a JPEG format zip file.
Author of a terrific drum book The New Breed, Gary was also one of the
busiest studio drummers of the 60s and 70s, playing on hundreds of hit
records. Here's a partial discography, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
Go to Furio's official Web site and learn the latest on the Italian progressive
rock drummer whose first major US appearance was at the Modern
Drummer Festival 2002.
Born: 1911. Died: December 31, 1991. Here's a tribute to the talented
percussionist, arranger, composer, conductor, and clinician, known to
many as Mr. Percussion. Courtesy of PAS.org where, in 1989, Bobby was
inducted into their Hall of Fame. Also, check out the official Bobby
Christian Web site, which includes Bobby's final interview, photos,
remembrances by industry pros, and more.
Ronnie is involved in writing, teaching, recording, producing/engineering, and
worldwide touring with numerous major artists and acts. Check out his Official
Percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony and Professor of Music at
San Jose State University, Tony Cirone is not only a gifted player and
teacher, but a composer with more than 60 published titles - including
one of my all-time favorite snare drum studies, Portraits in Rhythm.
Check this bio, discography, and other related links to Kenny who worked
with artists too numerous to mention. By Sean Delehanty, courtesy of Duke
Born: October 3, 1946. Mike, first noted as one of America's foremost
Jazz and Funk drummers with Herbie Hancock's group in the early 70s, has
performed with Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson,
Woody Shaw Jack Walrath, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Coryell, Bobby McFerrin,
Al Jarreau, and many other greats. His official Web site contains bio,
books and videos, CDs, articles, and more.
Born: January 20, 1929. Check out the bio of a jazz drummer who has worked
with Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Earl Bostic, Dinah Washington, Cannonball
Adderley, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and
many more. From PBS.org.
Born: May 16, 1944. Billy Cobham, of Mahavishnu fame, has his own homepage
with a message board that he actually responds to regularly. Site
contains the usual stuff: bios, gear set-ups, appearances, news, and photos.
Versatile Vinnie can do it all. Robyn Flans interviewed him in October
of 1993 for Modern Drummer Magazine and here it is. Courtesy of Bishop's
Born: October 17, 1906. Died: January 29, 1981. Brief bio and discography
of the drummer whose combo recorded the million selling hit tune "Topsy."
Born: January 31, 1951. William F. Miller's interview with Phil Collins
from 1997. Phil talks about Genesis, Brand X, his solo career, and his
big band drumming. Courtesy of Bishop's Drum Shop.
Born: December 20, 1944. Bobby Colomby's band literally defined jazz/rock.
Here's a 1998 interview with the Blood, Sweat, and Tears drummer by Jeremiah
The Official Web site of the Grammy winning percussionist.
Born: July 16, 1952. Stewart's back in the drum chair. See what he's been
up to since his days with the Police. Courtesy ChartAttack.com.
René Creemers began his career as the drummer of a Dutch group called
Blowbeat, who recorded their debut album titled "Blowbeat" in 1989. Since then,
René has worked with Dutch singers Margriet Eshuys and Denise Jannah among
others. Currently René plays in three bands: The Rich Wyman Band,
Kazda, and MEC. René is also a world-class clinician and educator and,
together with Wim de Vries. See Tiger Bill's review of The
Drumbassadors at the Modern
Drummer Festival 2003.
Born: December 20,1947. Here's an interview of the KISS drummer, who
will always be remembered as the "cat guy" from KISS. Courtesy
Tim McMahan. See photos
of Cat Criss and KISS at David E. Toussaint's site.
"Mr. Sticks" Crockett
Larry "Mr. Sticks" Crockett is an international recording and
touring drummer who has worked with some of the greatest names in the
business, including Elton John, U2, the Four Tops, and Martha Reeves.
He is also an author, clinician, and leader of the Crock Pott Jazz
Band. Click the above link for his Official Web site.
Best known for his work with Chick Corea, check out this impressive discography
of Adam Cruz. Courtesy CharlieHunter.com.
Born: June 10, 1956. Brief bio on the drummer who has worked with The
Cult, Bryan Adams, HAll & Oates, and others.
Andrew is a drummer who has worked with Babtunde Olatunji, Cecil Taylor,
Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Don Moye, Rashied Ali, Daniel Ponce, Michael
Carvin and more. Click the above link for bio and selected discography,
and this link
for more on Andrew.
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