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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 Calhoun
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 Cameron
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.)

Matt Cameron
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.

Danny Carey
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.

Bun E Carlos
Born: June 12, 1951. Here's an interview with Bun, courtesy of Rocknet.com.

Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne was working with jazz greats like Rashaan Roland Kirk, Max Roach, Illinois Jacquet, and Clark Terry—all before she could legally drive! Learn more about her, courtesy of Yamaha.com.

Adrian Cartwright
Review of Adrian's group, Sonicanimation, from smh.com.

Lenny Castro
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.

"Big Sid" Catlett
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 a discgraphy from ArtistDirect.com.

Andrea Centazzo
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 above link.

Jimmy Chamberlain
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.

Matt Chamberlain
Here's Matt's bio and discography, courtesy of Matt's Unofficial "Official" site by Vikster.

Dennis Chambers
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.

Joe Chambers
Learn all about drummer/composer Joe Chambers from AllAboutJazz.com.

Ndugo Chancler
Born: July 1, 1952. Here's a bio and discography of the studio drummer, courtesy of yahoo.com.

Jim Chapin
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.

Gary Chester
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.

Furio Chirico
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.

Bobby Christian
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 Ciago
Ronnie is involved in writing, teaching, recording, producing/engineering, and worldwide touring with numerous major artists and acts. Check out his Official Web site.

Anthony Cirone
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.

Kenny Clarke
Check this bio, discography, and other related links to Kenny who worked with artists too numerous to mention. By Sean Delehanty, courtesy of Duke University.

Mike Clark
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.

Jimmy Cobb
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.

Billy Cobham
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.

Vinnie Colaiuta

Vinnie Colaiuta at ADAA Honoring Steve Gadd: Subway, courtesy of Hudson Music    Vinnie Colaiuta at ADAA Honoring Steve Gadd: Night Spirit, courtesy of Hudson Music
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 Drum Shop.

Cozy Cole
Born: October 17, 1906. Died: January 29, 1981. Brief bio and discography of the drummer whose combo recorded the million selling hit tune "Topsy." From spaceagepop.com.

Phil Collins
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.

Bobby Colomby
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 Rickert.

Luis Conte
The Official Web site of the Grammy winning percussionist.

Stewart Copeland
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
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, in February of 2000, René co-founded The Drumbassadors together with Wim de Vries. See Tiger Bill's review of The Drumbassadors at the Modern Drummer Festival 2003.

Peter Criss
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.

Larry "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.

Adam Cruz
Best known for his work with Chick Corea, check out this impressive discography of Adam Cruz. Courtesy CharlieHunter.com.

Mickey Curry
Born: June 10, 1956. Brief bio on the drummer who has worked with The Cult, Bryan Adams, HAll & Oates, and others.

Andrew Cyrille
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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