Give the Drummer Some

Bernard Purdie

60 minsFirst aired 12 Feb 2019
Maxwell Schiano

Known for hits with Steely Dan and Aretha Franklin, to name but two, the iconic session drummer discusses his illustrious recording career.

Renowned as “the world’s most-recorded drummer,” the great Bernard “Pretty” Purdie has lent his skills to classics by the likes of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, King Curtis & the Kingpins, Steely Dan, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott-Heron and countless others over the course of an unprecedented career spanning five decades. Purdie’s peerless versatility has allowed him to move effortlessly between jazz, rock, pop, soul, funk and Latin, and his signature rhythmic invention, the Purdie Shuffle, is the indelible amalgamation of these myriad influences. Joining host and fellow drummer J-Zone on this episode of Give the Drummer Some, Purdie runs through impeccable in-studio demonstrations of his ultimate breaks and beats, recalls his tenure as Lady Soul’s music director and discusses his score for the first major African-American X-rated film, Lialeh.


Produced by Jordan Rothlein, Jeff Mao and Ryan Woodhall
Edited and mixed by Ryan Woodhall
Recorded by Mark Bengtson

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