An integral part of Jazz is the swing feel, and drummers are often the ones stoking that fire, helping to propel the song along with the other players involved. While the saxophonists, trumpeters, pianists and guitarists all get their fair share of attention, the importance of a great drummer can’t be understated in the combo or big band setting.
Jazz listeners are some of the most devout listeners of any music genre. A lot of this is due in part to the rich history of Jazz music itself. It is something so uniquely American that you would be hard pressed to find anybody in the States that cannot name a Jazz artist and/or song. Often, you will think of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and of course, John Coltrane but we must remember those “cool cats” that were keeping the beat in the background all the while.
As the Jazz was growing and branching out during the 1950’s drummers such as “Big Sid” Catlett were able to take full advantage of their roles in Jazz bands by being far more “expressive” with their drumming style than had ever been heard before. Drummers from this era and genre are responsible for the way we hear the drums today. Without jazz drummers we wouldn’t have our beloved rock and roll!
It has been debated that Jazz drumming is the most difficult style of drumming ever to be played. This is an argument that would be hard to disagree with when you take into consideration; the tempo, layers and general erraticism of Jazz. This in turn, means that jazz drumming is also one the most rewarding of all instruments to play. Here at PPA Studio we are honored to offer drum lessons to the Omaha area! We could not be happier to be a part the search for the next great Jazz drummer! Could it be you or someone in your family? There is only one way to find out! Register for drums lessons today!