Drummers From A to Z > D
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 D.
Born: May 31, 1948. This percussionist, composer, and producer currently
has four solo albums to his credit. This is his Official Web site.
Born: July 23, 1945. Enjoy a bio on New Jersey native Dino Dinelli and
The Rascals, his most famous band. From the Ultimate Italian site. See
Bob and the Beachcomber's Web site for more on Dino and the Rascals.
And check out their induction into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame.
This up-and-coming drummer played at the Modern Drummer Festival 2000
when he was 12, after winning Modern Drummer Magazine's Best Undiscovered
Drummer Under 18 contest that year.
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Born: July 14, 1929. Died: February 23, 1996. Good bio on Dawson, including
quotes on his impact in the field from other Famous Drummers. Courtesy
First Nations drummer, Keith Dawson Jr, has worked in literally hundreds of
bands including Eagle Feather (nominated for two Junos and an ECMA), Relatives
(nominated for ECMA, MIANS), and his current band Forever (winner 2003 MIANS,
2004 ECMA awards, and nominated for Native American Music Award, Albuquerque,
I have seen Keith perform live and he impressed me as an accurate
and powerful player with an extremely musical touch.
Keith also performs in a drum
duo called Project A.D. with Bruce
For a sample
performance of Keith and Bruce, see our coverage of
Breton International Drum Festival 2005.
Founder and one third of the unique drumming act, Hip
The ultimate link on Barrett Deems, brings you interviews, a discography,
and lots more on the late, great drummer. Courtesy of the Jazz Institute
Enjoy this interview with Metal drummer Jimmy, courtesy of ProMark-Stix.com
Jack De Johnette homepage by Piotr Marek, Jr. Along with the usual stuff,
site includes track by track comments on many of Jack's recordings by
Jack himself. Good stuff.
One of the most respected percussion teachers, arrangers, clinicians and
judges in the US, Dennis has led drumlines to sixteen "High Percussion"
championships and has conducted clinics in 41 states and abroad. In addition
to his sixteen championships, Dennis netted the only Triple Crown in drum
corps history in 1981. He is an associate professor of percussion at Rutgers
University, a member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and the Drum
Corps International (DCI) Hall of Fame, and a television analyst for the
annual DCI finals on PBS. Click the above link and listen as Dennis takes
you on an audio tour of Drum and Bugle Corps from 1959-1974 (uses RealAudio),
courtesy of VicFirth.com.
Not only did Les play with the Harry James Big Band from '70 through '82,
he also backed other music greats including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis
Jr., Low Rawls, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and Manhattan Transfer. Today,
he leads his own band. Click the above link to sample DeMerle's own Big
Band sound (along with lots of other info) at his own Web site. Click
here for his Pearl Drums setup.
Kenwood has performed with many of the greatest names in jazz and then
some. Check out his discography, bio, performance credits, and other good
Born: December 1, 1945. Learn about drummer and founding member of the
Doors, from the Doors Official Web site.
A self-taught drummer, Liberty's career began with a gig with Mitch Ryder
but he is most known for his work with Billy Joel. This is his Official
One half of the Drumbassadors. Check out the Tiger's review of their performance
at the Modern
This teacher/drummer/author began his career working with various gospel acts
at the age of 13. He has since played on numerous recordings and worked with
many artists. Fred currently teaches at the
Technology and is also the drummer and musical director
Warren "Baby" Dodds
Died: February 14, 1959. Brief bio of Warren "Baby" Dodds,
whom both Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa considered to be one of the great
drummers of all time. By redhotjazz.com.
Jazz or rock, you name it, Virgil does it all and has chops to spare.
Check out his official Web site, you can even contact Virgil via email.
Check out this interview with Paul, from the Bergen Record August 7, 1998.
Bernie has worked with Chaka Khan, Maynard Ferguson, David Byrne, Police
guitar player Andy Summers, Brian Wilson, and now Brian Setzer. Here's
his bio, courtesy of the Official Brian Setzer Web site.
Martin has worked with tons of greats including Ronnie Scott, Oscar Peterson,
Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Barney Kessel, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie,
Paul McCartney, Terry Gibbs, and many others. This is his Official Web
Born: April 7, 1938. Died: January 12, 2005. Spencer, who played drums with Jefferson
Airplane during their best years 1966-1970, passed away after a bout with colon
cancer at age 66. Check out Spencer's Bio.
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female drummers, buy and sell used gear, post your upcoming musical
event. Are you a drummer in need of a band or band in need of a drummer?
You can post that here too.
The title says it all. If you're looking for Audio and Video clips plus
lots of cool photos of the pros, check out Bernhard Castiglioni's
Bio, itinerary, reviews, gear, and more on Billy's Official Web site.
of Black Bottle
An innovative percussion ensemble whose unique style has won them acclaim
at drum shows in Koblenz, Germany, Canada, and at the Percussive Arts
Society International (PASIC) Convention in Nashville.
Born: January 10, 1946. He's worked with too many people to mention from
Beck to Bowie to Journey to Jefferson Starship to Whitesnake to Zappa,
the list goes on and on like Dunbar's talent. Click the above link
for Aynsley's Official Web site and here's more
info, courtesy of Miguel Terol.
Born: May 10, 1952. Lowell Charles (Sly) Dunbar came to fame as half
of the duo Sly & Robbie, considered reggae's most innovative
rhythm section. Here's Sly's bio.
Here's a bio and partial discography of the drummer who has worked with
Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington's band,
and Thelonious Monk. From ArtistDirect.com.
Nick came on the scene through his work with the progressive rock band "Spock's
Beard" and he has been busy ever. Including work on his own solo projects.
out his new Web site, which (as of June 2003) was still under construction. And
here's an interview with Nick.
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