Learn jazz drums from one of the classic texts of jazz drumming! Now in its second edition. Alan Dawson created the Percussion Department at Berklee, and he influenced generations of drummers. This book, originally published in 1962, presents some of his seminal thoughts about drumming technique—particularly about timing, the importance of the ride cymbal and hi-hat, and extensive exercises for independence and for integration of hands and feet. At the heart of it is the music: the jazz beats that Dawson considered essential, during the height of the jazz band/dance band era.
DownBeat magazine editor Don DeMicheal provides several articles about jazz styles and history, plus a series of insights about the soloing styles of some of the jazz greats: Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Jaki Byard, and others.
This is source material, from two of the jazz-era’s most insightful champions of the drum set. It includes a foreword by Yoron Israel, a former student of Alan Dawson, and now assistant chair of Berklee’s Percussion Department.
You will learn to:
- Develop your sense of time and jazz feel
- Master jazz rhythms and meter
- Play with greater independence and expressive nuance
- Perform essential beats, such the shuffle, tango, lame duck, conga, samba, merengue, and many others
- Develop your soloing ability, through examining the work of several great jazz drummers, and then through a unique and extensive series of “stimulation” exercises
Alan Dawson was a legendary drummer and educator at Berklee College of Music, and he taught drums for over forty years. He performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats, including Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Booker Ervin, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and others.
Don DeMicheal was a drummer, jazz journalist, and the editor of DownBeat magazine from 1960 to 1967.