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Inspiration
For Jazz Drumming

To listen to jazz music is to be inspired by the top jazz drummers and all the music they have helped create. This section contains a resource of links, articles, and videos to drum lessons and concerts, to get you inspired on your journey to mastering the jazz drum kit.

Vijay Iyer Trio | Marcus Gilmore | On Jazz Drumming

Marcus Gilmore and the Vijay Iyer Trio

Marcus Gilmore is one of the most interesting and creative jazz drummers playing at the moment. He played for 10 years as part of the Vijay Iyer Trio. Here they are performing some of the tunes from their album "Break Stuff" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Wayne Shorter's Advice | jazz drumming inspiration | on jazz drumming

Wayne Shorter's Advice

Now into his eighties Wayne Shorter is one of the living legends of jazz music. He is one of the great jazz composers as well as tenor saxophone players, so when he gives advice it is well worth listening to. And what’s his advice? Read a lot.

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two ways to listen | jazz drumming inspiration | on jazz drumming

Two Ways To Listen

In Roy Peter Clark’s “Writing Tools” he mentions that as a writer there are two types of reading: reading for content and reading for analysis. By reading for content he means just the usual type of reading to learn about something or just for enjoyment, by reading with X-Ray vision, as he calls it, you read to understand the what the writer is doing and how. Of course, these two levels of reading for writers are applicable as two levels of listening for musicians...

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John Riley Headroom Triplets | On Jazz Drumming

John Riley's Headroom Triplets

I've mentioned John Riley's Headroom triplets in some posts so here's the original video and a PDF of the exercises. 

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Winard Harper - Learning to play drums - On Jazz Drumming

Learning to Play the Drums - Winard Harper

Jazz drummer Winard Harper gives a masterclass on how to play jazz drums, and talks about rudiments and playing melodically...

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give the drummer some | red bull radio podcast | on jazz drumming

Give the Drummer Some

Give the Drummer Some, was a mini-series from Red Bull Radio, that featured in-depth interviews and insights from some of the greatest drummers playing today.

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how to practice jazz drums - on jazz drumming

How to practice jazz drums

Practice, practice, practice. That’s what they say and it’s true. The key to getting good at anything, from jazz drumming to languages, is to practice. However, any old practice won’t do, you need to pay attention to how you practice. In this post, I will give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your practice sessions ...

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Brian Blade - Children of the Light - On Jazz Drumming

Brian Blade and Children of the Light

Brian Blade is one of my favourite drummers. He may not appear to be as technically adroit as some other drummers, but that’s precisely the point. He is probably one of the most original sounding and musical drummers around...

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what jazz records should I listen to? - on jazz drumming

what jazz records should I listen to?

Of course there are tonnes and tonnes of great jazz recordings out there, so many that it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start. Here are six records from the classic year 1959, to get you started.

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