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The Drummers Guide to Winter Jazzfest

Winter Jazzfest has become the premier nexus for the most cutting edge jazz/groove/avant-guard music happening in New York. More than any other year, 2017's lineup is packed with incredible drummers. The Beat's Guide to the Drummers of Winter Jazzfest features some of the highlights as well as a sortable list below to help you navigate the weekend. Stop in at our Drummers Lounge happening on Friday night for special performances by DAN WEISS and LAFRAE SCI.

Chris "Daddy" Dave: Worshipped among drummers including Questlove for his pocket & feel, Daddy’s credits include Adele, Mint Condition, & D’Angelo. His group Chris Dave & the Dumhedz headlines the Bowery Ballroom's Revive Music Stage on 1/6 at midnight.

Nate Smith: A nasty, funky drummer who’s respected as much by jazzers as by fans of funk and hip-hop, NS has played with Betty Carter, Dave Holland, and Chris Potter. As a bandleader, his Kinfolk group plays at 8pm Friday 1/6 at The New School. He plays with Somi on 1/6 at 10 at Subculture.

Dan Weiss: Hailed as one of the top jazz drummers in the world, Weiss's uniquely expressive style is musical, experimental, and capable of blinding speed. He plays in the Drummers Lounge at Le Poisson Rouge Friday 1/6, 7:40pm and with Florian Weber's Criss Cross at 11:40p on 1/6 at the New School 12th Street Auditorium.

Terri Lynn Carrington: An absolute must see, Carrington is a three-time grammy award winning drummer has seemingly done it all, while still being in her prime. She's played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, and the list goes on and on. Sat 1/7, 9:20 at SOBs

Omar Hakim: An absolute living legend, Hakim has played with Miles, Weather Report, David Bowie, & George Benson. Catch him Friday 1/6 at 6:20 at Zinc Bar

Will Calhoun: Best known for his work with Living Colour, Calhoun is a highly versatile player who's as much influenced by jazz and African music as he is by anthemic rock. He's played with The Rolling Stones, Pharoah Sanders, Herb Alpert, and Dr. John to name a few. Catch him with Zig Zag Trio on Saturday 1/6 at 12:20pm at SOBs.

Drummer Band About Show Date Show Time Show Location
Nate Smith Nate Smith & Kinfolk A nasty, funky drummer who’s respected as much by jazzers as by fans of funk and hip-hop, NS has played with Betty Carter, Dave Holland, and Chris Potter. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 8:00 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Mark Guiliana Dave Douglas High Risk with Shigeto With jazz chops as formidable as his inventive reinterpretation of electronic music within an acoustic drumset, he’s played with David Bowie, Brad Mehldau, Matsiyahu, and fronts his Beat Music band & label. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 7:40 (Le) Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street NYC
Nate Wood Kneebody Highly cerebral, intricate & complex stick work drenched with feel and musical sophistication. Credits include Kneebody, George Harrison, Wayne Krantz, Sting, and Donny McCaslin. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 11:20 Subculture 45 Bleecker St NYC
Omar Hakim Rachel Z & Omar Hakim An absolute living legend, Hakim has played with Miles, Weather Report, David Bowie, & George Benson. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 6:20 Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street NYC
Chris "Daddy" Dave Chris Dave & The Drumhedz Worshipped among drummers including Questlove for his pocket & feel, Daddy’s credits include Adele, Mint Condition, & D’Angelo. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 12:20 Bowery Ballroom (Revive Music stage) 6 Delancey Street NYC
Andrew Cyrille Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination An avant-guarde jazz drumming legend, Cyrille was a longtime member of Cecil Taylor's band and has played with Coleman Hawkins, Geri Allen, Walt Dickerson, and countless others. He's been a prolific bandleader as well, now leading the Haitian Fascination Quintet. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 8:00 (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Karriem Riggins Karriem Riggins (DJ SET) This gifted drummer, producer & DJ spans jazz, R&B, & Hip-Hop. Credits include Diana Krall, J Dilla, Common, Paul McCartney, & Norah Jones. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 10:40 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Terri Lyne Carrington Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science An absolute must see, Carrington is a three-time grammy award winning drummer has seemingly done it all, while still being in her prime. She's played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, and the list goes on and on. (Watch Video) 1/7/17 9:20 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Dan Weiss Florian Weber's CrissCross Hailed as one of the top jazz drummers in the world, Weiss's uniquely expressive style is musical, experimental, and capable of blinding speed. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 11:40 New School 12th Street Auditorium 66 West 12th Street NYC
Will Calhoun Zig Zag Trio Best known for his work with Living Colour, Calhoun is a highly versatile player who's as much influenced by jazz and African music as he is by anthemic rock. He's played with The Rolling Stones, Pharoah Sanders, Herb Alpert, and Dr. John to name a few. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 12:20 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Ralph Peterson Ralph Peterson & Aggregate Prime Prolific jazz multi-instrumentalist for over 3 decades, Peterson has drummed with Ray Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, & Betty Carter. (Watch Video) 1/7/17 7:40 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
LaFrae Sci LaFrae Sci & Sonic Black A band leader, educator, and visceral drummer within the genres of blues, jazz, funk, & latin music, LaFrae's new Sonic Black group is not to be missed. (Watch Video) 1/7/17 8:20 Bowery Electric 327 Bowery NYC
Billy Martin Steven Bernstein's Universal Melody Brass Band Best known as the Martin in Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Billy's ever-tasty playing and thirst for exploration has made him a drummer's drummer across every genre he touches. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 11:00 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Jonathan Blake Pharoah Sanders A giant behind the kit, this Philly native (b. 1976) is known for his transcendent & articulate stick work. Boasting over 50 album credits to his name including Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, and Avishai Cohen. (Watch Video) 1/5/17 8:00 Subculture 45 Bleecker St NYC
Mike Reed Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone An adventurous player and a towering figure in the Chicago music community, Reed leads the People, Places, & Things post-bop quartet and has played with Ira Sullivan and Matthew Shipp. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 10:40 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Daniel Freedman Daniel Freedman "In recent years, drummer Daniel Freedman has quietly, almost surreptitiously, become a primal force, creating a kind of people’s music built on rustling folk rhythms, ethnic melodies and joyous performances." - Downbeat (Watch Video) 1/7/17 8:40 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Jaimeo Brown Jaimeo Brown Transcendence With a style rooted in the black church, tribal R&B, and funk, Jaimeo's playing is heady, emotive, and infectious. (Watch Video) 1/7/17 6:40 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Jim Black Jim Black’s Malamute An ambitious, experimental, and powerful drummer, Black's Malamute project is heady and psychedelic, and anything but conventional. (Watch Video) 1/6/16 11:20 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Satoshi Takeishi John Hébert’s Rambling Confessions Embracing a hybrid of acoustic and electronics, Takeishi's wide-reaching use of different drums is only matched by his ability to get the weirdest and coolest sounds out of them. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 All night between sets Bowery Ballroom (Revive Music stage) 6 Delancey Street NYC
Justin Brown Justin Brown Nyeusi One of NYC's first call drummers, Brown has played with Esperanza Spalding, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and more. (Watch Video) 1/7/17 9:40 Bowery Electric 327 Bowery NYC
Billy Drummund Kris Davis's Duopoly An explosive, intricate player & veteran of over 300 recordings including Sonny Rollins, Nat Adderley, & Lee Konitz. 1/7/17 7:40 Subculture 45 Bleecker St NYC
Kendrick Scott Kendrick Scott Oracle A pure jazz drummer in the tradition of Blakey & Elvin, Scott is also a composer and band leader for the KSO. As a sideman, he's played with Wynton Marsalis, Mike Moreno, & Terence Blanchard. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 10:00 Nublu 151 Avenue C
Ramsey Jones Black Rock Coalition's Get Down Revue Steeped in funk, soul, jazz, & hip-hop, Ramsey Jones is a walking history lesson. He's played with the Wu Tang Clan, Vernon Reid, & Funkface. 1/7/17 8:00 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Carly Maldonado Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble The Puerto Rican multi-percussionist (hand percussion, timbale, vibraphone) player has played with Eddie Palmieri, David Sanchez, Wynton Marsalis, & more. 1/7/17 11:20 Subculture 45 Bleecker St NYC
Ulysses Owens Jr Songs Of Freedom A highly expressive drummer with blazing speed and technique across the spectrum of drums, UOJ has played with Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, and Wynton Marsalis 1/7/17 9:20 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Corey Fonville Butcher Brown With a hint of Jack DeJohnette’s feel and backbeat, Corey’s strong, young voice has been heard with Nicholas Payton, Christian Scott, and Braxton Cook. 1/6/17 8:20 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Leon Parker Aaron Goldberg Trio Featuring Leon Parker 1/6/17 7:40 Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street NYC
Zack O'Farrill Adam O'farrill's Stranger Days 1/7/17 9:20 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Max Jaffe Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones 1/7/17 7:40 New School 12th Street Auditorium 66 West 12th Street NYC
Kenny Grohowski Andy Milne & Seasons Of Being 1/6/17 8:40 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Vince Cherico Arturo O'farrill Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble 1/7/17 11:20 Bowery Electric 327 Bowery NYC
Jordan Perlson Becca Stevens Trio 1/7/17 9:20 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Allan Mednard Ben Allison & Think Free 1/7/17 11:40 AM New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Hamir Atwal Ben Goldberg's Invisible Guy 1/7/17 8:20 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Ofri Nehemya Omer Avital Looking younger than his 22 years, this Israeli drummer & composer has played with Avishai Cohen and fronted his own Quartet. (Watch Video) 1/6/17 7:00 Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street NYC
Rudy Royston Chico Freeman Plus+tet This versatile and accomplished New York transplant via Colorado has performed with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Bill Frisell, and Jason Moran. 1/6/17 10:20 Bowery Electric 327 Bowery NYC
Ches Smith Brian Drye's Bizingas featuring Hank Roberts 1/6/17 7:20 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Leon Parker Aaron Goldberg Trio featuring Leon Parker 1/7/17 8:20 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Eric Harland Ben Wendel Seasons Band 1/7/17 12:00 AM New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Sameer Gupta BRM Coltrane Raga Tribute 1/6/17 7:00 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Dan Rieser Chris Lightcap's Superette 1/7/17 11:00 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Greg Fox SFD 1/6/17 11:00 Bowery Electric 327 Bowery NYC
Jon Wikan Darcy James Argue's Secret Society 1/6/17 7:20 Subculture 45 Bleecker St NYC
Raul Herrera Martinez Daymé Arocena 1/6/17 6:20 (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Ruy Lopez-Nussa Harold López-Nussa 1/7/17 10:00 Subculture 45 Bleecker St NYC
Kevin Garcia Hazmat Modine & Alash Ensemble 1/6/17 8:00 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Vinnie Sperrazza Jacob Garchik's Ye Olde 1/6/17 8:40 Subculture 45 Bleecker St NYC
Joey Baron Jakob Bro/Thomas Morgan/Joey Baron 1/7/17 7:20 New School Tishman Auditorium (ECM stage) 63 Fifth Avenue NYC
Charles Goold JC Hopkins Biggish Band 1/6/17 1:00 AM Bowery Ballroom (Revive Music stage) 6 Delancey Street NYC
Reggie Nicholson Joe Fonda Quintet 1/7/17 6:20 New School 12th Street Auditorium 66 West 12th Street NYC
Craig Weinrib Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense 1/6/17 6:40 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Richie Barshay Julien Labro Quartet 1/7/17 1:00 AM The Django at Roxy Hotel (New York Hot Jazz Festival Stage) 2 6th Ave NYC
Dillon Treacy Kandace Springs 1/7/17 6:40 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Steve McKie Killiam Shakespheare 1/7/17 1:00 AM The Django at Roxy Hotel (New York Hot Jazz Festival Stage) 2 6th Ave NYC
G. Calvin Weston Marc Ribot & The Young Philadelphians 1/7/17 9:40 Bowery Electric 327 Bowery NYC
Marcus Gilmore Wild Cotton featuring Imani Uzuri and Marcus Gilmore 1/7/17 11:20 New School Tishman Auditorium (ECM stage) 63 Fifth Avenue NYC
Jonathan Barber Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life 1/6/17 10:40 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Richie Barshay Julien Labro Quartet 1/6/17 9:00 Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street NYC
Nicolas Stocker Nik Bärtsch's Mobile 1/7/17 11:20 New School Tishman Auditorium (ECM stage) 63 Fifth Avenue NYC
Jimmy MacBride Nir Felder Trio 1/6/17 12:40 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Wayne Smith Jr OUT OF RA: The George Burton Quintet + AfroHORN Superband 1/7/17 10:20 Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street NYC
Jérémie Piazza Papanosh 1/7/17 12:40 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Philip Stewart Peter & Will Anderson Quintet Plays the Dorseys 1/7/17 11:20 The Django at Roxy Hotel (New York Hot Jazz Festival Stage) 2 6th Ave NYC
Simone Prattico Piers Faccini 1/7/17 11:20 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Caito Sanchez Quantic Live 1/7/17 9:00 (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Jean Luc Di Fraya Raphael Imbert "Music Is My Home" 1/7/17 6:00 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street NYC
Dana Murray Russell Gunn's Ethnomusicology 1/7/17 1:40 AM Nublu (Revive Music stage) 151 Avenue C
Kahlil Kwame bell Russell Gunn's Ethnomusicology 1/6/17 1:00 AM Bowery Ballroom (Revive Music stage) 6 Delancey Street NYC
Sammy Miller Sammy Miller & The Congregation 1/6/17 12:00 AM The Django at Roxy Hotel (New York Hot Jazz Festival Stage) 2 6th Ave NYC
Mark Whitfield Jr Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite 1/6/17 12:00 AM New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Luis Quintero Spanish Harlem Orchestra 1/6/17 8:00 New School 12th Street Auditorium 66 West 12th Street NYC
George Delgado Spanish Harlem Orchestra 1/6/17 8:00 New School 12th Street Auditorium 66 West 12th Street NYC
Jorge Gonzalez Spanish Harlem Orchestra 1/6/17 11:00 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Kevin Shea Talibam! Hard Vibe featuring Matt Nelson & Ron Stabinsky 1/7/17 12:20 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Tomas Fujiwara Tomeka Reid 1/6/17 6:00 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Clarence Penn Uri Caine Trio 1/6/17 10:00 New School 5th Floor Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC
Adriano Santos Vinicius Cantuaria Quintet 1/6/17 9:40 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Marivaldo Dos Santos Vinicius Cantuaria Quintet 1/6/17 9:40 SOBs 204 Varick Street NYC
Hamid Drake William Parker, Cooper Moore, Hamid Drake, Rob Brown Quartet 1/6/17 12:00 AM New School 12th Street Auditorium 66 West 12th Street NYC
Marcus Baylor The Baylor Project featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor 1/7/17 9:00 Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street NYC
Carson Moody Tigue 1/6/17 9:20 New School Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street NYC