Jazz drumming has morphed and evolved considerably over the years, reaching a point where the classic styling of jazz greats like Elvin Jones and Max Roach collide with the absolute cutting edge of improvisation and eclectic influences including hip-hop and electronic music.
The drummers on this list cover the full gamut of jazz, are all actively leading the way on the global jazz drumming scene - in many cases leading their own jazz groups amongst other projects too - and inspiring the next generation of players. Time to crown this year's king of jazz.
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