A percussionist is a musician who plays a percussion instrument. Although drummers and vibraphonists are considered percussionists, this list only includes percussionists known for playing a variety of percussion instruments. There is a separate list of drummers. If a percussionist specializes in a particular instrument, it is listed in parentheses. Only add names here if the person has their own article on Wikipedia - anything else will be removed.
Alex MacDougall is a record producer, and percussionist. MacDougall is best known for being a member of the Christian rock band Daniel Amos in the late 1970s in addition to his production and recording session credits. He was also a member of Selah, The Way, Salvation Air Force, The Richie Furay Band, The Randy Stonehill Band and The Larry Norman Band.
Trilok Gurtu (born in Mumbai, India on 30 October 1951) is an Indian percussionist and composer, whose work has blended the music of his homeland with jazz fusion, world music and other genres. He has released his own albums and has collaborated with many artists, including Terje Rypdal, John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, Joe Zawinul, Bill Laswell, Maria João & Mário Laginha, and Robert Miles.
Callen Radcliffe Tjader, Jr. a.k.a. Cal Tjader (July 16, 1925–May 5, 1982) was a Latin jazz musician, though he also explored various other jazz idioms. Unlike other American jazz musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned it, performing it until his death. Tjader primarily played the vibraphone. He was also accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano.
Han Bennink (born 17 April 1942) is a Dutch jazz drummer and percussionist. On occasion his recordings have featured his playing on clarinet, violin, banjo and piano. Though perhaps best-known as one of the pivotal figures in early European free jazz and free improvisation, Bennink has worked in essentially every school of jazz, and is described by critic Chris Kelsey as "one of the unfortunately rare musicians whose abilities and interests span [jazz's] entire spectrum.
Charles 'Don' Alias (b. December 25, 1939 New York City; d. March 29, 2006 New York City) was an American jazz percussionist. Alias was best known for his skill at congas and other hand drums. He was, however, a capable drum kit performer: Alias played drums on the song "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from Bitches Brew (1969) when neither Lenny White nor Jack DeJohnette was able to capture the marching band rhythm requested by trumpeter Miles Davis.
Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría (April 7, 1917 in Havana, Cuba – February 1, 2003) was an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue," recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, etc. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s.
Roberto Roena (born on January 16, 1938 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) was one of the original members of a Puerto Rican salsa music orchestra called El Gran Combo. The group's name had been derived from the name of an existing band named "El Combo" in which many of the original band members had been involved. (1980s) Roena, aside from being a percussionist, was a dancer and baseball player.
Kevin Godley is a British musician and music video director. He was born in a family of Jewish descent, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. While attending art college in Manchester he met Lol Creme. They became part of several bands together, most notably Hotlegs and 10cc, and eventually became known as Godley & Creme in acting together as musicians and directors.
Keiko Abe (安倍 圭子, Abe Keiko, born April 18, 1937) is a Japanese composer and marimba player. She has been a primary figure in the development of the marimba, in terms of expanding both technique and repertoire, and through her collaboration with the Yamaha musical instrument company, developed the modern five-octave concert marimba.
Everett "Vic" Firth is a percussionist best known for founding the drum stick company Vic Firth, bearing his name. He was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over fifty years, most of them as principal timpanist. Vic Firth retired from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2001, and his 50-year legacy was followed by Tim Genis. Vic Firth graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he was initiated into the Alpha chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity in 1950.
Walter J. Light (1927–1979) was a timpanist, percussionist, and drummaker. At the age of 16, he was appointed to a percussion position in the Denver Symphony Orchestra, joining his father, who was the timpanist. He began a 27-year stint as principal timpanist after his father's death in 1952. Dissatisfied with the instruments available to him post–World War II, he took up drum building in order to recreate the Dresden-style timpani built in Germany before the war.
Pedro Carneiro is a Portuguese solo classical percussionist, marimba player, and composer. Pedro Carneiro is one of the very few percussion players to have made an international career as a soloist, and has established himself as one of the world's foremost solo percussionists, performing regularly throughout Europe, the Asia and the United States.
Ovidiu Lipan 'Ţăndărică' (b. January 30, 1953, Iaşi) is a Romanian drummer. He played between 1966 and 1975 with the Romanian rock band Roşu şi Negru. In 1975 he joined Transsylvania Phoenix. In 1977 he settled in Germany, but after 1990 he moved back to Romania. Now he has solo projects and also plays with Phoenix. His 2007 album Iskender, a collaboration with Stelu Enache and Gheorghe Zamfir, featured reinterpretations of traditional Macedonian songs.
Ray Cooper (born 19 August 1942) is an English musician. He is a session and road-tour percussionist, and occasional actor, who has worked with Pink Floyd, Sting, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Elton John.
Dave Samuels (b. October 1948) is an American vibraphone player who has worked with various jazz and fusion artists, such as Spyro Gyra. Currently, he plays in an ensemble called The Caribbean Jazz Project, a Grammy-winning jazz-Latin music group. He is also an alumnus of New Trier High School. He also played with Eddie Palmieri with a tribute to Cal Tjader with the album called 'Tjaderized'. Samuels received a psychology degree from Boston University and has taught at Berklee College of Music.