Female Jazz Drummers

In 1942, drummer Viola Smith sent shock waves through the jazz world by claiming in Down Beat magazine that “hep girls” could sit in on any jam session and hold their own. In Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country, Angela Smith takes Viola at her word, offering a comprehensive look at the world of professional drumming and the women who had the courage and chops to break the barriers of this all-too-male field.

How many famous female drummers can you name?
Who are the best female drummers?
Female jazz drummers – do you know any?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. Not limited to jazz of course.

I recently came across a cool book about woman drummers written by Angela Smith. Read On.

Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country

Female Jazz Drummers Women Drummers: A History from Rock, Jazz, Blues and Country

In 1942, drummer Viola Smith sent shock waves through the jazz world by claiming in Down Beat magazine that “hep girls” could sit in on any jam session and hold their own. In Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country, Angela Smith takes Viola at her word, offering an in-depth look at the world of professional drumming and the women who had the chops and the courage to break the barriers of this male dominated field.

Combining archival research with personal interviews of more than 50 female drummers representing more than 8 decades in music history, Smith paints a vivid picture of their struggles to overcome discrimination—not only as professional musicians but in other parts of their lives.

The stories and personal accounts of female drummers who bucked tradition and societal norms are told against the backdrop of the times in which they performed and the genres they represented, from rock and jazz to blues and country.

Check out the book here.

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So who are the best female drummers of all time?

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History of the Drumset – A Century of Drumming Evolution 1865 to 1965 Documentary

The Century Project is the culmination of a journey that begun a dozen years ago when Daniel Glass started researching the evolution of the drums and the way we play them.

History of the Drumset - A Century of Drumming Evolution 1865 to 1965 Documentary

The Century Project is the culmination of a journey that begun in 1994 when Daniel Glass started researching the evolution of the drums and the way we play them. Through his research, he came to a startling conclusion: “If we understand more about the drum set, we can understand the origin of every style of popular music we play and listen to today: jazz, rock, blues, hip-hop, funk, reggae, etc.”

The History of the Drumset.

The Century Project 100 Years of American Music From Behind The Drums Documentary takes the viewer on a 100-year thrill ride, from 1865 at the end of the Civil War right up to 1965 and the dawn of the British Invasion. It shows how drums and pop music evolved hand-in-hand, and how, by 1965, the drumming blueprint that we still follow to this day had been cemented.

While this documentary is geared more towards drummers, this would be good for people interested in music and its history. Daniel Glass has also produced a film called “From Ragtime To Rock” which would appeal more to the general music fan as well.

Did you know fly swatters were originally used before brushes?

Before amplifiers, drummers needed a way to play quietly so they began using fly swatters. This eventually leads to the invention of brushes.

Take a trip back in time to learn more.

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Jazz SessionBand Chord-Based Audio Loop app for iOS

I get asked all the time if people can use the tracks I made for making their own songs. I can not give permission on SessionBand app’s behalf. They offer a non-exclusive license agreement if you buy the app.

A lot of the tracks on this site are made with SessionBand app (link below), an iOS app for making your own tracks.

Can I use these tracks for my music?

I get asked all the time if people can use the tracks I made for making their own songs. I can not give permission on SessionBand app’s behalf. They offer a non-exclusive license agreement if you buy the app.

In other words, once you purchase the SessionBand app, you may use the sounds in accordance with their license agreement.

If you wish to make your own tracks, I recommend getting the app and reading their license agreement. There are 3 vols of Jazz. See demos below.

No Thanks, I just want to play for now. OK. Then get back to practicing.
Try one of these: Jazz Ballad No Drums Backing Track 60 BPM ,  or

Jazz Drum Play Along 96 BPM Swing Funky.

Demos of Jazz Vol. 1 (with drums)

SessionBand Jazz Volumes 1, 2, and 3 instantly converts the chords you select into great-sounding jazz audio – wherever you are and whatever your level of ability.

And with a host of pro features like automated mixing, auto-transpose, one-touch live recording, real-time tempo shift and Audiobus compatibility – allowing you to seamlessly export our unique content into other top music apps like GarageBand – it has never been easier or quicker to create your own studio quality jazz.

Get Session Band Jazz for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

or play with this track.

Drumless Jazz Track 145 BPM Jazzy Play-Along.

Get inspired and experiment.

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Greg