Considered one of music's most influential drummers and rated among the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Buddy Rich left a legacy of pioneering technique in percussion. The musician will be celebrated at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Nov. 30 with an intimate discussion with his daughter Cathy Rich, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Gregg Potter, the current drummer of the modern Buddy Rich Band.
Being titled "Celebrating 100 Years of Buddy Rich," the event will also feature a special performance from all three artists. Tickets for the evening go on sale this Thursday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m. PDT exclusively via AXS.com. American Express cardmembers now have access to a special pre-sale through Thursday.
Rich took to drumming early in his life, performing professionally in vaudeville at just 18 months old and becoming a bandleader by the age of 11. Known for his power and speed behind the kit, Rich kept afloat the declining interest in big band, jazz and swing music following its golden era in the 1930s and '40s. He was named The World's Greatest Drummer by Modern Drummer magazine and received five Grammy nominations over his seven-decade career.
Rich's trailblazing technique allowed him to perform across the globe, playing before world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth, King of Thailand, King Hussein of Jordan and U.S. Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He continued to perform until his death in 1987 and, through his daughter Cathy's help, led a mission to keep his music thriving and the evolution of drumming alive in young people following his death.