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Drummers From A to Z > P
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 P.
Born: June 29, 1948. Info on the Deep Purple drummer includes interviews,
audio clips, discography, tour dates, and much more. Click the
above link to check it out on Ian's own Web site and while you're at it,
you can subscribe to The Highway Star The Original Deep Purple
Born: March 20, 1947. The rhythmic third of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer,
Carl has chops on top of his chops. Check out his bio. From The Official
Carl Palmer Web Site.
Session drummer who powered hits by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke,
Ritchie Valens, Ike and Tina Turner, Ricky Nelson, the Beach Boys, the
Supremes, the Mamas and the Papas, and many others. Check out his bio,
courtesy of HallBiography.com.
Bio, discography, and reviews of Jazz drummer Leon Parker, courtesy of
people.thirteen.net. Here's a review
of Leon's "Awakening" album.
Adrenalin may be referred to as the "band who never made it," but not for long!
After 25 years these guys are still in the game. Click the above link
for an interview with Brian, the band's drummer and founder,
and learn where the band was and where they're going! Also, enjoy
some of Adrenalin's latest tracks.
Interview with Vinnie, of Heavy Metal band Pantera, by Roger Scott from
NYRock.com. Includes Real Audio sound clip.
Here's a bio and discography on the Basie drummer, from ArtistDirect.com.
Born: September 12, 1952. Good site for Neil by Christopher M. Toth, contains
bio, pics, interviews, news, and more. Just about everything you'd want
to know about Neil.
Check out this profile of Saturday Night Live drummer Shawn Pelton, courtesy
Born: May 30, 1924. Here's a discography of Bongo, Conga, Timbale great
Armando Peraza, courtesy of rhythmweb.com.
Here's some info on Karl, who in 1991 fulfilled his life-long dream of
playing timbales with Santana. More
on Karl, from Santana's Official Web site.
Interviews with the drummer of Jethro Tull, tour dates, photos, sample
MP3s, and more, from Doane's Official site.
Veteran drummer Persip has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Harry
James, Billy Eckstine, Frank Foster, Archie Shepp, and many others. Enjoy
Charlie's bio and selected discography, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com.
See Perowsky's latest projects and, while you're at it, check out his
bio, tour schedule, and audio file examples. Also, check out his discography,
courtesy of Perowsky's own Web site.
Click the above link for Ralph's Official Web site. And here's a review
of Ralph's group after appearing at Ronnie Scott's in London.
Dr. Nick Petrella is an author, educator, performer, and clinician who is
of Education for SABIAN. Click the above link to check him out at the Sabian
Web site. Click this
link for info on Nick's books and DVDs. Click here for Tiger Bill's
review of Nick's book/DVD The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals.
In addition to his work with jazz guitarist Ed Hamilton, Patti LaBelle, Glen
Burtnik, Patty Smyth, and Broadway shows such as Grease, Footloose, and Dreamgirls,
is also an author and clinician. Click the above link for his Official
Here's Simon's Offical Web site with your choice of Macromedia Flash
enabled (with sound) and non-flash version (without sound). And here's
written and audio interview with
Simon, courtesy of Remo.com. More info on
Simon, including some WAV audio files.
Aussie drummer Pochee, who formed the band Ten Part Invention, has also
worked with Bernie
McGann, Don Rader, Roger Frampton, and others.
Born: April 1, 1954. I first met Jeff Porcaro and his Dad, Joe, in Los
Angeles in 1979. Years before, when Joe left his low-paying orchestra
gig in Connecticut, he never dreamed he and his son would do so well out
in LA. Up until his untimely death, Jeff had more gigs than he could handle.
Here are two interviews with Jeff, courtesy of Bishop's Drum Shop.
Mike's own Web site includes a public message board, tour dates for his
band Dream Theater, plenty of pics and sound clips, and a pretty cool
software application: You can play Mike's drum set on his site. It requires
a free Macromedia Flash player (available from the site) but if you have
the patience to wait for the long download to complete, you can wail on
Mike's gear. Check it out.
Born: December 29, 1947. Died: April 5, 1998. Robyn Flans interviews drummer
Cozy Powell, ala Black Sabbath and Jeff Beck. Courtesy of Bishop's Drum
Bobby Previte has not only led his own group, but has played with Wayne
Horovitz, Robin Eubanks, Marty Erhlich, Tom Varner, Jerome Harris and
Elliot Sharp among others. Click the link above for Bobby's Official Web
site. If you'd rather use his Flash site, click here.
"Baby Girl" Preyer
I had the chance to play the Cape Breton International Drum Festival with Yvette
and she can really kick butt behind the skins! She not only drums but she
sings great too! Check out her official Web site.
For a sample of her performance, see our coverage of the Cape
Breton International Drum Festival 2005.
Born: April 20, 1923. Died: June 1, 2000. Bio of the most famous Latin
percussionist in history, from onlinetalent.com. Although he's no longer
with us, he will live forever through the music he left behind. Also,
check out his hit song list, career highlights, and photos, from OnLineTalent.com.
Born: June 11, 1941. Purdie has recorded on more than 3000 albums, with
such artists as King Curtis, Paul Butterfield, Larry Coryell, Miles
Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren, Cat
Stevens, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B.
Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford. Here's Mr. Funk's own homepage.
Click the following for a review of Bernard's CD Purdie
Good Cookin', click here for an audio/video exclusive on a
Bernard Purdie Clinic/Master
Class and Concert, and click here for a review of Bernard's
educational video series.
For more exclusive video clips of his performance, see our coverage
of the Cape
Breton International Drum Festival 2005.
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