1943 (age 19) Coleman Hawkins Quintet Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone) Ellis Larkins (piano) Jimmy Shirley (guitar) Oscar Pettiford (bass) Max Roach (drums) NYC, December 18, 1943
Dave Tough (April 26, 1907 – December 9, 1948, sometimes known as Davie or Davey Tough ) was an American jazz drummer associated with both Dixieland and swing jazz in the 1930s and 1940s. He has been described as "the most important of the drummers of the Chicago circle". [ 1 ] [ edit ] Biography
Jack Noren (October 19, 1929, Chicago - March 17, 1990, Chicago ) was a jazz drummer and vocalist born in America but best known for his work in Sweden . Noren was born in Chicago to parents of Swedish ancestry. He played with Gene Ammons and others in the middle of the 1940s before moving with his family to Sweden in 1946. There he worked as a lumberjack briefly before joining a Swedish jazz band as a replacement for a sick drummer. This led to time spent touring and/or recording with Thor Jederby (1948–50), Nisse Skoog (1948), Seymour Österwall (1949), Arne Domnérus and Rolf Ericson (1950–52), and Lars Gullin (1951–53).
Editor’s Note: The drumming world was shocked when Tony Williams suddenly passed away in his hospital bed on February 23, 1997. He was only 52 years old and appeared to have been in good health, with decades of creative expression ahead of him. We rushed the following cover story together at the last moment, pulling Williams quotes from various press releases and an interview generously shared by Christophe Rossi, who was the editor of the French drumming magazine Batteur .
(Reprinted from Down Beat magazine: May 28, 1970) Q: How do you identify yourself? A: I don't; I don't identify myself. Q: Not at all? A: No. I let other people do that.
(Reprinted from Down Beat magazine: April 1997) At press time, we learned of the sudden death of Tony Williams, who suffered a heart attack on Feb. 23 after undergoing routine gall bladder surgery. The following article, which was already in place for this issue, is based on Down Beat's last interview with Williams. A full obituary will appear in our next issue. All you need to know about Tony Williams can be found in Miles Davis' caustic, cut-no-slack autobiography. Dissing his friends, fans, relatives and fellow musicians alike with barbed wit, Miles trashes the talent of a litany of jazz legends, but there's never a disparaging word muttered about Williams.
Tony Williams by Bill Milkowski This interview was excerpted from the August 1997 issue of Modern Drummer. In mid-December of last year, Tony Williams came to New York to play a week-long engagement at the Birdland nightclub, located in the heart of Times Square. It was a rare trio gig with longtime rhythm section partner Ron Carter on bass and Mulgrew Miller, a key member of Tony's superb quintet of the '80s and early '90s, on piano.
Tony Williams, NYC 1965. Photograph by Francis Wolff . Tony Williams , arguably one of the most influential and revolutionary drummers of the 20th century, clearly understood a concept that I tried to demystify, and probably fell short of demystifying, nearly 6 years ago. Published in June 2003, “Good Designers Copy, Great Designers Steal” was an attempt to describe the idea of becoming a better designer by dissecting, analyzing, and “copying” the works of other designers.
From the Modern Drummer digital archive , here are some excerpts from a 1978 interview with Tony Williams. I've edited out the large hunks of it where they discuss single-headed toms, the merits of fiberglass drums, the new electronics the kids are using, and CS Black Dots vs. calf heads, keeping just the essence of what I thought was interesting. The subject headings are also mine.
Have I mentioned lately what a great resource the Modern Drummer digital archive is? Here are my excerpts from a 1985 Modern Drummer interview with one of the great teachers of the drums, Alan Dawson. Wikipedia describes his methods: His teaching style emphasized the music as a whole rather than concentrate on percussion alone.
One of the greatest and most dangerous drummers right now is also one of the most unknown. He’s a Houston native named Chris Dave and he masterfully plays everything from jazz to fusion to soul to hip-hop. He has performed and recorded with Kenny Garrett, Pat Metheny, Ron Blake, Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Mary J.