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CLASSIFYING OF THE DRUMMERS BY STYLE

Bellson, Bissonette, Chambers, Colaiuta, Gadd and Weckl, at the "Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert" in Los Angeles, 1989.

Click on the name of a drummer to see a biography written by myself with critical commentary (attempting to highlight the creative contribution of the drummer in the history of music), video or audio clips (in solo or in a band or even a lesson from him, a presentation of an instrument conceived especially for him or one or several interviews of him), a selective discography, and sometimes even a videography and bibliography, and also external links (to his official website and / or to drummerworld.com, which offers other video and audio clips) and a list of famous musicians or bands, with whom he played.

N.B.: Some drummers appear in several categories.

Contents (click on a category):

1: Classic Jazz, Swing (Big Bands, New-York, Chicago jazz, "Hot Jazz", Boogie-Woogie, New-Orleans, Dixieland):

  • Louie Bellson
  • Warren "Baby" Dodds
  • Sonny Greer
  • "Papa" Jo Jones
  • Gene Krupa
  • Buddy Rich
  • Chick Webb
  • 2: Modern jazz ("Be bop", "Hard Bop" and "Cool Jazz"):

  • Louie Bellson
  • Art Blakey
  • Kenny Clarke
  • Roy Haynes
  • Daniel Humair
  • "Philly" Joe Jones
  • Joe Morello
  • Buddy Rich
  • Max Roach
  • Tony Williams
  • 3: Latin Jazz, "Cubop", Salsa, Cha-cha, Mambo, "Son Cubano" ("classical" musics from Afro-Cuban inspiration):

  • Alex Acuña
  • Ray Barretto
  • Louie Bellson
  • Art Blakey
  • Kenny Clarke
  • Luis Conte
  • Miguel "Anga" Diaz
  • Sheila "E" Escovedo
  • Jerry Gonzalez
  • Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
  • Giovanni Hidalgo
  • Billy Higgins
  • Orlando Poleo
  • Chano Pozo
  • Ernesto "Tito" Puente
  • Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana
  • Max Roach
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Mongo Santamaria
  • 4: Rock'n'Roll, Blues, Rhythm'n'Blues, Pop Music, Disco, Variety:

  • Alex Acuña
  • Dante Agostini
  • Carmine Appice
  • Kenny Aronoff
  • Thierry Arpino
  • Gregg Bissonette
  • Hal Blaine
  • Gerry Brown
  • André Ceccarelli
  • Marc Cerrone
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Phil Collins
  • Luis Conte
  • Stewart Copeland
  • Sheila "E" Escovedo
  • Jean-Philippe Fanfant
  • Steve Gadd
  • Ralf Gustke
  • Manu Katché
  • Richard Kolinka
  • Thomas Lang
  • Mitch Mitchell
  • Ian Paice
  • Neil Peart
  • Simon Phillips
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
  • Chad Smith
  • Marvin "Smitty"Smith
  • Ringo Starr
  • Charlie Watts
  • Dave Weckl
  • 5: Free jazz, free groove (free-funk), "world" (beyond the American continent) jazz, electro-jazz, "atmospheric" jazz, contemporary jazz:

  • Alex Acuña
  • Thierry Arpino
  • Ed Blackwell
  • Terri Lyne Carrington
  • André Ceccarelli
  • Dennis Chambers
  • Mino Cinelu
  • Billy Cobham
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Jack de Johnette
  • Marc Erbetta
  • Peter Erskine
  • Al Foster
  • Steve Gadd
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Omar Hakim
  • Roy Haynes
  • Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
  • Billy Higgins
  • Daniel Humair
  • Elvin Jones
  • Manu Katché
  • Jojo Mayer
  • Joe Morello
  • Tony Oxley
  • Leon Parker
  • Simon Phillips
  • Bertrand Renaudin
  • Buddy Rich
  • Max Roach
  • Paco Séry
  • Marvin "Smitty"Smith
  • Steve Smith
  • Bill Stewart
  • Okay Temiz
  • Christian Vander
  • Brice Wassy
  • Charlie Watts
  • Jeff "Tain" Watts
  • Dave Weckl
  • Lenny White
  • Tony Williams
  • 6: Brazilian drumset drumming (Bossa Nova, Jazz-Samba, etc.)

  • Thierry Arpino
  • Billy Cobham
  • Duduka Da Fonseca
  • Jack de Johnette
  • Peter Erskine
  • Steve Gadd
  • Omar Hakim
  • Roy Haynes
  • Billy Higgins
  • Akira Jimbo
  • Manu Katché
  • Harvey Mason
  • Jojo Mayer
  • Airto Moreira
  • Mike Terrana
  • Dave Weckl
  • Tony Williams
  • 7: Funk, new ("contemporary") R'N'B (Rhythm and Blues), Jazz-Rock and Jazz-Funk:

  • Alex Acuña
  • Thierry Arpino
  • Terry Bozzio
  • Gregg Bissonette
  • Gerry Brown
  • Bill Bruford
  • Terri Lyne Carrington
  • Dennis Chambers
  • Mino Cinelu
  • Billy Cobham
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Phil Collins
  • Jack de Johnette
  • Virgil Donati
  • Peter Erskine
  • Sheila "E" Escovedo
  • Al Foster
  • Steve Gadd
  • David Garibaldi
  • Alain Gozzo
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Ralf Gustke
  • Omar Hakim
  • Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
  • Daniel Humair
  • Akira Jimbo
  • Manu Katché
  • Oliver Gene Lake JR
  • Rick Latham
  • Harvey Mason
  • Jojo Mayer
  • Marco Minnemann
  • Mitch Mitchell
  • Simon Phillips
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
  • Buddy Rich
  • Paco Séry
  • Chad Smith
  • Marvin "Smitty"Smith
  • Steve Smith
  • Bill Stewart
  • Clyde Stubblefield
  • Okay Temiz
  • Mike Terrana
  • Christian Vander
  • Dave Weckl
  • Lenny White
  • Tony Williams
  • 8: Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (origins ("traditional"), Trash Metal, Melodic Metal, FM, etc.):

  • Carmine Appice
  • Kenny Aronoff
  • Gregg Bissonette
  • John Bonham
  • Dave Grohl
  • Richard Kolinka
  • Nicko Mac Brain
  • Ian Paice
  • Neil Peart
  • Simon Phillips
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Chad Smith
  • Steve Smith
  • Matt Sorum
  • Ringo Starr
  • Lars Ulrich
  • Brad Wilk
  • 9: Progressive Rock:

  • Thierry Arpino
  • Terry Bozzio
  • John Bonham
  • Bill Bruford
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Phil Collins
  • Alain Gozzo
  • Thomas Lang
  • Alessia Mattalia
  • Mitch Mitchell
  • Ian Paice
  • Neil Peart
  • Simon Phillips
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
  • Chad Smith
  • Steve Smith
  • Ringo Starr
  • Christian Vander
  • 10: Jazz Fusion, Free Latin, Caribbean music (Latin-jazz-rock, Zouk, Reggae, etc.):

  • Alex Acuña
  • Robby Ameen
  • Thierry Arpino
  • Ray Barretto
  • Gregg Bissonette
  • Ed Blackwell
  • André Ceccarelli
  • Mino Cinelu
  • Billy Cobham
  • Luis Conte
  • Jack de Johnette
  • Miguel "Anga" Diaz
  • Lowell "Sly" Dunbar
  • Peter Erskine
  • Sheila "E" Escovedo
  • Jean-Philippe Fanfant
  • Steve Gadd
  • Jerry Gonzalez
  • Ralf Gustke
  • Omar Hakim
  • Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
  • Giovanni Hidalgo
  • Billy Higgins
  • Akira Jimbo
  • Manu Katché
  • Airto Moreira
  • Orlando Poleo
  • Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Mongo Santamaria
  • Paco Séry
  • Marvin "Smitty"Smith
  • Dave Weckl
  • Lenny White
  • Tony Williams
  • 11: African drumset drumming (Afro-beat, afro-jazz, Rai, etc.):

  • Tony Allen
  • Thierry Arpino
  • Ed Blackwell
  • Jack de Johnette
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Manu Katché
  • Jean-Claude Paolini
  • Leon Parker
  • Bertrand Renaudin
  • Mokhtar Samba
  • Paco Séry
  • Brice Wassy
  • Karim Ziad
  • 12: Progressive Metal, Extreme Metal (Metal-fusion, speed, death, black, instrumental, etc.):

  • Tim "Herb" Alexander
  • Gregg Bissonette
  • Terry Bozzio
  • Pierre Belleville
  • Jimmy de Grasso
  • Virgil Donati
  • Gene Hoglan
  • Joey Jordison
  • Alessia Mattalia
  • Marco Minnemann
  • Simon Phillips
  • Mike Portnoy
  • Aquiles Priester
  • Derek Roddy
  • Mike Terrana
  • 13: "Traditional" percussionists (hand drums or without pedals):

  • Alex Acuña
  • Ray Barretto
  • Carlinhos Brown
  • Mino Cinelu
  • Luis Conte
  • Inza Diabaté
  • Miguel "Anga" Diaz
  • Sheila "E" Escovedo
  • Louis César Ewandé
  • Jerry Gonzalez
  • Guem
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Giovanni Hidalgo
  • Zakir Hussain
  • Jean-Christophe Jacquin
  • Mamady Keita
  • Silvano Michelino
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Sanford Moeller
  • Airto Moreira
  • Doudou N'Diaye Rose
  • Leon Parker
  • Orlando Poleo
  • Chano Pozo
  • Ernesto "Tito" Puente
  • Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana
  • Raul Rekow
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Mongo Santamaria
  • Okay Temiz
  • Top Secret Drum Corps Basel Suisse
  • 14: Educators, Writers, "Clinicians", drum soloists (unclassifiable):

  • Alex Acuña
  • Dante Agostini
  • Robby Ameen
  • Carmine Appice
  • Kenny Aronoff
  • Gregg Bissonette
  • Terry Bozzio
  • Bill Bruford
  • Dennis Chambers
  • Billy Cobham
  • Duduka Da Fonseca
  • Jack de Johnette
  • Virgil Donati
  • Peter Erskine
  • Jean-Philippe Fanfant
  • Steve Gadd
  • David Garibaldi
  • Claude Gastaldin
  • Alain Gozzo
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Omar Hakim
  • Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
  • Daniel Humair
  • Akira Jimbo
  • Mamady Keita
  • Gene Krupa
  • Thomas Lang
  • Rick Latham
  • Jojo Mayer
  • Marco Minnemann
  • Sanford Moeller
  • Joe Morello
  • Tony Oxley
  • Jean-Claude Paolini
  • Simon Phillips
  • Mike Portnoy
  • Bertrand Renaudin
  • Max Roach
  • Derek Roddy
  • Steve Smith
  • Okay Temiz
  • Mike Terrana
  • Christian Vander
  • Dave Weckl