It might have some of the longest history in drumming, but jazz is often the genre where we witness the greatest innovation and progression from behind the kit; from the icons of the instrument who are busy evolving existing styles, right through to the new contenders who are tearing up the rulebook completely.
On this list you'll find drummers who have single-handedly challenged the concept of jazz drumming, morphing it into a hybrid of multiple styles and producing some truly pioneering music. Plus, legendary drummers returning to jazz with explosive results, as well as players doing their bit to honour the originators.
Whatever flavour of jazz you’re most partial to, it's fair to say this is an area where drumming gets really exciting. So, who gets your vote this year?
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Last year’s winner: Dave Weckl
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