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Best Jazz Drum Books to Read

Our list of some of the best Jazz Drum books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Berklee Jazz Drums (2018)

Best Jazz Drum Books to Read(Berklee Guide). Play jazz with tremendous facility and authentic vocabulary. Learn to develop your own sound, perform a wide variety of essential jazz time feels, and improvise dynamic fills and solos, taught in the tradition of Alan Dawson and other Berklee luminaries of drum education. This approach to jazz drumming presents a unique blend of four-way coordination, comping vocabulary, and soloing/improvisation concepts, infused with world rhythms. It will help you to develop a deep, practical understanding of how to play jazz drums, and to develop your own…
Author(s): Casey Scheuerell

2. Mel Bay Studio: Jazz Drum Cookbook (2015)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadEnormous demands are placed on the control and manual dexterity of the contemporary drum set player, particularly in the Jazz idiom. Today’s drummer is expected to have developed limb coordination to a degree that would have been thought unachievable a few short years ago. This text presents an effective method of dealing with the mastery of drum set coordination by breaking it down into four sections: 1) Ride Cymbal – Right hand; 2) Snare Drum – Left hand; 3) Bass Drum – Right foot; 4) Hi-hat – Left foot. The author clearly states his goals in writing…
Author(s): John Pickering

3. Essential Elements For Jazz Drums Bk/online media (Instrumental Jazz) (Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble) (2000)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadDesigned to teach jazz basics to students with 1-2 years playing experience (but no prior experience playing jazz), Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble is great for individual or classroom use. Teaches the basics of swing style in a step-by-step approach, using well-known songs · Improvisation made easy, starting with simple two-measure phrases · Scales and basic theory introduced in an easy-to-understand format · Play-along tracks for every exercise included · Seven full band arrangements· Sample solos· Jazz history and people. Book also includes My EE Library * (myeelibrary.com) -…
Author(s): Various

4. Jazz Standards for Drumset: A Comprehensive Guide to Authentic Jazz Playing Using 12 Must-Know Tunes (2006)

Best Jazz Drum Books to Read(Percussion). In this book with online audio access package, Brian Fullen teaches the essentials of jazz drumming through the use of twelve classic jazz tunes, including Real Book -type lead sheets and play-along tracks. The book includes a complete background on multiple jazz styles including Bebop, Jazz Waltz, Latin and Fusion; essential jazz terminology with definitions and usage; and an extensive reference section, including recommended recordings, books and DVD/videos. The audio tracks include 12 classic jazz tunes “with drums” for…
Author(s): Brian Fullen

5. Jazz Drumming: Step By Step (2017)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadJazz Drumming: Step By Step is a comprehensive approach to developing jazz drumming skills. In addition to the standard comping and coordination exercises that one would find in other jazz drumming books, jazz history, ear training, vocalizing, and creative challenges are arranged throughout the book. The skills and knowledge that you will gain from applying yourself to this book will make you a more musical drummer, informed by history and a musical ear….
Author(s): James Morton, Annette Morton

6. Alfred Jazz Play-Along — Swingin’ Now, Vol 2: Rhythm Section (Piano, Bass, Drum Set), Book & MP3 CD (Alfred Jazz Play-Along Series) (2011)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadThe Alfred Jazz Play-Along Series for Rhythm Section goes beyond the other play-alongs. The rhythm section book has written out parts for piano, bass, and drumset to show comping suggestions. In addition, each of the nine jazz standards includes the melody and a sample jazz solo written out for you to listen to, play, and practice. The included MP3 disc has a demo track and a play-along track for each tune for piano, bass, and drums. The demo track, featuring a pro rhythm section with a horn player, is a learning tool for the melody, piano comping, bass lines, drum parts, and improvisation. The…
Author(s): Alfred Music

7. W31D – Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method: Drums (1998)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadMinimum instrumentation for method effectiveness 2-XE, 1-XB, 2-TP, 1-TB, 1-P, 1-B, 1-D The SOE Jazz Ensemble Method is designed for use by mid, JR, HS, community jazz ensembles, and in the private studio. the book is divided into three sections, each representing a different jazz style: rock, swing, and Latin. Each section contains rhythm studies and improvisation studies which may be played with other members of the ensemble or with accompanying CD (affixed to the back cover). Each section of the book also includes jazz chart (13 total) that…
Author(s): Dean Sorenson, Bruce Pearson

8. Jazz Conception: Drums (21 complete transcriptions) (2015)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadExact transcriptions, as played by Kenny Washington, plus 21 drum lead sheets. See and hear how a well-known drummer phrases, articulates, and plays along with or without the soloist on the CD. Titles: Groove Blues * Amen * A Doll * Total Blues * Grease * Rose * Joe’s Thing * Proxy * Father Song * Ind Line * Miles * Blue Minor * Autumn * Frieds * Great Love * Two Plus Two * Lunar * Tunisia * Bird Blues * Somewhere * Passage….
Author(s): Jim Snidero

9. Easy Jazz Favorites: Drums, Level 2 (Easy Jazz Ensemble) (1998)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadIncludes: Ain’t Misbehavin’; All the Things You Are; Blue Train (Blue Trane); Caravan; Chameleon; Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words); The Girl from Ipanema (Garota De Ipanema); In the Mood; Inside Out; Milestones; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So); Route 66; St. Louis Blues; When I Fall in Love….
Author(s): Hal Leonard Publishing

10. Easy Jazz Conception — Drums: 15 Etudes for Jazz Rhythm Section (English/German Language Edition) (Book & CD) (2015)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadAn exciting and unique way for drummers to learn and practice how to play in a jazz rhythm section and how to accompany a jazz soloist. This set features 15 solo etudes based on blues and standard chord progressions, demonstrated by different soloists and a world-class rhythm section. Play-along tracks feature a rhythm section minus the drums. Titles include: Basie’s Blues * Bird’s Backyard * Bossa at Night * Caliente Blues * Duke’s Convoy * Hot and Humid * Important Events * Love Is Easy * Mist and Grits * Morning Calm * Prince Charming * Rock On * Shufflin’ in F * So Long Birdie * Us….
Author(s): Jim Snidero

11. 4-Way Coordination: A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set (1985)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadProficiency as a drummer has always come from great hand dexterity. However, with the introduction of modern drumming techniques, it has become increasingly necessary to gain complete independence of both the hands and feet. With various rhythmic exercises in easy-to-read notation, 4-Way Coordination is designed to guide the drummer from simple patterns to advanced polyrhythms. Through the study of this method book, the student will gain invaluable listening skills and techniques that will provide insight to drumming in all styles….
Author(s): Marvin Dahlgren, Elliot Fine

12. The Conga and Bongo Drum in Jazz (2016)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadThe Conga and Bongo Drum in Jazz by Trevor Salloum with Bobby Sanabria MB #30512 The first book ever published on how to play the conga and bongo drum in jazz. This text is an essential tool for band teachers and drummers playing Latin Percussion in jazz with special emphasis on swing. Includes chapters on history, description, tuning, position/posture, notation, strokes, rhythms, etc. Complete with photos, interviews, music transcriptions and video links. This much-needed text fills a niche in the application of the conga and bongo drum in jazz. Special…
Author(s): Trevor Salloum

13. Duke Ellington – Drums: Big Band Play-Along Volume 3 (2008)

Best Jazz Drum Books to Read(Big Band Play-Along). This pack lets instrumentalists play along with a big band to 10 swinging classics, including: Caravan * Chelsea Bridge * Cotton Tail * I’m Beginning to See the Light * I’m Just a Lucky So and So * In a Mellow Tone * In a Sentimental Mood * Mood Indigo * Satin Doll * Take the “A” Train….
Author(s): Duke Ellington

14. Funkifying the Clave: Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums, Book & CD (Manhattan Music Publications) (1993)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadDesigned for drummers and bass players, this book/CD lays out a step-by-step approach to combining Afro-Cuban rhythms with rock, funk and jazz….
Author(s): Lincoln Goines, RobAmeen

15. W75D – First Place For Jazz – Drums (2011)

Best Jazz Drum Books to ReadFirst Place for Jazz is a comprehensive jazz curriculum built from the ground up essential for implementing the jazz ensemble curriculum. The book is divided into three sections by key: Concert Bb, F, and Eb. Within each section the major, Mixolydian, Dorian, and blues scales and correlated chords of that key are introduced through Jazz Starters, Rhythm Section Spotlights, and Rhythm Sectionals. These enrichments prepare students to play each of the 12 original grade 1-2 Jazz Ensemble Charts and Lead Sheets. Suitable for group or individual instruction, this unique organization,…
Author(s): Dean Sorenson

His extremely motivated work ethic catapulted him to a new level of drumming that impressed university faculty, his peers, and Jared. When Jared got the idea for The Best Beginner Drum Book, he knew immediately that Brandon was the perfect drummer to co-write it. With The Pulse of Jazz, drummer/educator Nic Marcy provides a complete method for building a jazz timekeeping vocabulary. Building on other classic jazz methods, the book provides exercises based around common timekeeping approaches from simple to very advanced (called time lines), and provides exercises to develop independence and comping The basic jazz time pattern is played throughout the book while sections progress from eighth notes to triplets and sixteenth note rhythms played between the snare and bass drum. This was the first jazz study book I worked through after reading Syncopation and Stick Control. 25 Timeless Drum Books Since 1977, the world’s most widely read drum magazine: in print, online, and the Modern Drummer app. Where the world’s greatest drummer meet.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some jazz drum books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer: Coordinating Independence as Applied to Jazz And Be-bop (Vol. 1)

Author(s): Jim Chapin
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., Year: 2002, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 474459

Drummin' men : the heartbeat of jazz : the swing years

Author(s): Korall, Burt
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2002, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1703859

Progressive rock, jazz & funk drumming

Author(s): Latta, Jim
Publisher: Koala Publications, Year: 1989, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1486617

The Art of Modern Jazz Drumming

Author(s): Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Perry
Publisher: Drum Center Publications, Year: 1988, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 483537

Mel Bay's Drum Improvising Studies for Jazz and Rock

Author(s): Joe Lambert
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications Inc., Year: 1979, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 871558

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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