Video Quick Tip: Jazz and the Ride Cymbal

Joe Porcaro’s musical spectrum ranges from jazz and rock to opera and symphonic. He has recorded with jazz artists including Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Mike Manieri and rock/pop artists such as TOTO and Madonna. His credits includes numerous television shows and movies. One of the most highly regarded percussion and drum instructors in the world, Joe is the author of two drum books: Joe Porcaro’s Drum Set Methods and Odd Times, and the instructional video Joe Porcaro on Drums. Please visit for more info.

In this video, LA Music Academy drum department co-chair Joe Porcaro discusses the history of the drumset and the development of the jazz ride cymbal beat.

-LAMA Staff

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2 responses to “Video Quick Tip: Jazz and the Ride Cymbal”

  1. Drums says :

    Thanks Joe for these great insights about the history of modern drumming and jazz cymbals ! Thinking about some tremendous drumkits nowadays, I wonder how many musicians it would have taken back in the 1900’s to play the drums 😉

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