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List of famous male jazz drummers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male jazz drummers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being jazz drummers. There are thousand of males working as jazz drummers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic jazz drummers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a jazz drummer then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list is made up of people like Art Blakey and Roy McCurdy.

While this isn't a list of all male jazz drummers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male jazz drummers?" and "Who are the best male jazz drummers?"
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Jazz Drummers
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Art Blakey was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he became a Muslim. Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy ...more

Age: Died at 71 (1919-1990)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Drummer, Bandleader, Actor

Credits: Ballerina, One Night with Blue Note, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Modern Jazz at the Village Vanguard, Jazz Icons: Art Blakey: Live in '65, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Paris 1959, + more

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#52 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Shelly Manne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Jazz Drummers
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Shelly Manne, born Sheldon Manne in New York City, was an American jazz drummer. Most frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and fusion, as well as contributing to ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1920-1984)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Drummer, Bandleader, Actor, Composer, + more

Credits: Like Father Like Son, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Man Who Loved Women, Young Billy Young, Like Father^! Like Son, + more

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Larry Ritchie


Larry Ritchie was a jazz drummer and record/CD producer. He was born in Brooklyn, New York as Lawrence Ritchie to Walter Ritchie, an electrician, and Pearl Ritchie, a domestic worker, both of whom were migrants from rural Virginia. He has recorded with John Coltrane, Ray Draper, and Jackie McLean. ...more

Profession: Jazz Drummer, Actor

Credits: The Connection

Aldo Romano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Jazz Drummers
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Aldo Romano


Aldo Romano is a jazz drummer. He also started a rock group in 1971. ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: Belluno, Italy

Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Drummer