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Ian Palmer's Buddy Rich Tribute


This year would have seen the 100th birthday of one of the most influential and admired drummers of all time, Buddy Rich. What better way to mark the occasion than with a special tribute to Buddy at the London Drum Show?

Ian Palmer, drummer extraordinaire and founder of the 'World's Greatest Drummer' concert series has assembled a "small big band" to perform together at the show. Collectively the biographies of the six musicians in this band reads like a veritable who’s who of contemporary jazz and pop music. Together they form a sound created directly from their influences. This is a crossover jazz group at its best with a mix of material influenced by Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers, Chick Corea, Miles Davis and, of course, Buddy Rich. This is a band of serious players but ultimately creating a sound unique and listenable with their own musical and artistic twist.

Ian Palmer and Mike Clark - Drums
Chris Storr - Trumpet
Simon Willescroft - Alto Saxophone
Ray Russell - Guitar
Tom O’Grady - Keyboards
George Baldwin - Bass

Ian Palmer
Ian has always had a wide taste in music and pushed many boundaries in his artistic pursuit. He was a founder of the chart-hit group The Ghosts, along with singer/songwriter Alex Starling, and co-founded the hugely successful series of concerts ‘The World’s Greatest Drummer’ in honour of the man known by this title, Buddy Rich.

Mike Clark
Mike gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers.

Chris Storr
As one of the busiest session trumpet players in the UK, Chris is known for his work with Jools Holland and can be seen playing trumpet regularly with the vocalist Gregory Porter.

Simon Willescroft
Simon is best known as the saxophonist with 80’s chart legends Duran Duran. He is one of the UK’s most in demand saxophonists having played with Katie Melua, Paloma Faith, Gary Barlow, Muse and James Morrison amongst many others. 

Ray Russell
Ray is has been one of the most prominent session guitarists the UK has ever produced having played with Gil Evans, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Art Garfunkel, Dionne Warwick, Bryan Ferry, Jack Bruce, Cat Stevens, Phil Collins, Robert Plant, Mark Isham, Georgie Fame and Heaven 17. Ray was an original member of drummer Simon Phillips’ group Protocol which featured Ray alongside bassist Anthony Jackson.

Tom O’Grady
Tom is the keyboard player with jazz crossover group Incognito. He has his own group Resolution88 and his love of the music of Herbie Hancock makes him perfect for this band.

George Baldwin
George is actually Ray Russell’s son and is a formidable musician in his own right. George has played with some of the finest musicians in the UK including drummers Simon Phillips, Gary Husband, Ralph Salmins and Mark Mondesir. George has performed with Dominic Miller, Geno Washington, Derek Sherinan, Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher.

Make sure you head to the Main Stage at 1pm on Saturday 11th November for this very special performance.

Opening Times

Saturday 10 Nov 2018
10:00 - 18:00

Sunday 11 Nov 2018
10:00 - 18:00
Level 2 closes at 17:00 on Sunday 


Show Info

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