Hal Blaine: In Memoriam

Word has come that Harold Simon Belsky, known to the drumming world and the universe at large as Hal Blaine, has left the building at the age of 90. He was one of the most recorded percussionists in history, a master of any style and genre’, and virtually changed the way drums were played, the […]


In Memoriam: Freddie Gruber

(May 27, 1927 – October 11, 2011) An obituary for Freddie Gruber, written by Neil Peart Legendary Teacher of Legendary Drummers Born in the Bronx over 84 years ago, Freddie Gruber grew up in the gritty exuberance of New York City in the 1930s and ’40s. As a young man, he was inspired by the […]


Jim Chapin Tribute

We regret to announce the passing of drum legend Jim Chapin, on July 4, 2009. Please visit our tribute page and leave your thoughts and memories of this drumming legend.


Louie Bellson Tribute

Most of us interested in jazz as a musical form know and respect the name, Louie Bellson. Louie passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at the age of 84. Louie’s professional career spanned a period of 67 years, in which he was able to successfully perform for and with some of the best jazz musicians of those years. Louie was indeed a role model for any aspiring drummer to follow. He will be missed.


Earl Palmer Tribute

Earl Palmer, more than any other single drummer, was responsible for creating the foundation for the rock and roll drumbeat. In honor of Earl and his contributions to music, we’ve collected some thoughts and memories from some great drummers, as well as including some of our own. We’ve also included some never before seen interview footage from our vault, featuring Earl talking about his history in the studio and some of the artists he worked with over the years.


Max Roach Tribute

A tribute to legendary drummer and musical pioneer Max Roach, including tributes from well-known drummers from our community.

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