Best Jazz Drummers

A list about the best drummers in the most underrated genre ever! "Jazz era".

The Top Ten

1 Buddy Rich Buddy Rich Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" during his career.

There is not enough words to express the greatness and superior drumming of buddy rich. Whether he was playing a small venue night club or huge arena or jazz festival he gave you more than a hundred percent. Many drummers claim to play like buddy rich. But there was only one buddy rich. Like Gene Krupa said many many times buddy rich is the greatest drummer to draw breath. That statement by gene Krupa still holds true today

BUDDY RICH played inn a concert in my home town in the early 80s, LoL my former band director/drum section leader actually was in stage & did a battle against the king of jazz drumming...& he lost... lol it was awesome...

Maybe it's a matter of big band versus small group. True, he totally kicks ass in the big band. Ditto for Krupa. But all in all, I'd rather listen to Max, Art, Elvin, Tony, Jack, Roy and many others. - JimmyL

Best drummer ever no one can play like Buddy.

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2 Elvin Jones Elvin Jones Elvin Ray Jones was an American jazz drummer of the post-bop era. He showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan.

Most creative drummer ever. Syncopated snare work was extremely unique.

3 Gene Krupa Gene Krupa Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer. V 1 Comment
4 Tony Williams Tony Williams
5 Billy Cobham Billy Cobham William Emanuel "Billy" Cobham is a Panamanian American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, who permanently relocated to Switzerland during the late 1970s.
6 Louie Bellson Louie Bellson Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, known by the stage name Louie Bellson, was an American jazz drummer.
7 Max Roach Max Roach

Max Roach must have been good if he was able to play from 1944 to 2002

8 Dave Weckl Dave Weckl

Incredible power plus outstanding tecnique!

9 Antonio Sánchez Antonio Sánchez Antonio Sánchez is a Mexican jazz drummer. In 2014 his popularity increased significantly when Sánchez composed original music for Birdman.
10 Art Blakey


The Contenders

11 Dennis Chambers Dennis Chambers Milton "Dennis" Chambers, is an American drummer. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001.
12 Steve Gadd

Should be way up this list

At 70? a legend!

13 Jack DeJohnette
14 Roy Haynes
15 Herlin Riley
16 Jojo Mayer

Fastest drummer in the world

17 Jon Christensen
18 Chick Webb
19 Steve Smith Steve Smith Steve Elliott Smith is an American drummer known for being the drummer of the rock band Journey rejoining the band for the third time in 2015. Modern Drummer magazine readers voted him the #1 All-Around Drummer five years in a row.
20 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.
21 Jimmy Cobb

Nobody's better. Except maybe Max Roach.

22 Gavin Harrison
23 Keith Carlock
24 Paul Motian
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