November 10, 2016
Bernard has signed an endorsement deal with
RichSticks are the sticks of choice for Mr. Purdie. Check out his signature sticks at the Web Store and pick up a few pair.
August 28, 2016
Bernard chosen as "New Jersey's Greatest Drummer. Read about it in the Asbury Park Press.
1. Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (Springfield) — Perhaps there’s no greater praise for a drummer than to have a beat named after you. For Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, it’s the Purdie Shuffle, a syncopated drumming accent that gives a song a special flair. You can hear it on Steely Dan’s “Home at Last,” courtesy of Purdie, and the beat has been used numerous times, including on Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” and Toto’s “Rosanna.” If you don’t know Purdie by name, you’ve heard him play — and that’s a guarantee. He’s kept the beat for everyone from Mickey & Sylvia to Aretha Franklin. Some of his favorite records he’s played on include Franklin’s “Until You Come Back to Me,” the Five Stairsteps “O-o-h Child,” Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone” and “But It’s Alright” by J.J. Jackson. “I loved it,” said Purdie previously to the Asbury Park Press of recording “But It’s Alright.” “J.J. Jackson, the guy who wrote it, he was the one singing and he was also the one playing the piano. It was my band who made the record.” Purdie is a native of Maryland who moved to New York City in 1960, where he found drumming stardom. Since then, he’s lived in Teaneck and Edison before settling in at his current home in Springfield. This musical giant is very comfortable in Jersey and often plays gigs at spots like McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park or Giamano’s Restaurant in Bradley Beach. If you see that he’s playing, go. Purdie is an icon of American popular music — and Jersey’s greatest drummer.
July 1, 2016
Bernard will be performing with Orpheus at the
June 7, 2016. Bernard Purdie at Sam Ash in Springfield, NJ
From George W. Rigney General Manager – Springfield, New Jersey
Hey Folks, We've done some killer clinics in our time here in Springfield, this one was one for the history books. We have about 150 people in attendance, one of the best attended clinics we've ever had. Bernard is like family here in this store so it was a real honor and privilege to have him perform. Our course he decided to bring along a killer 5 piece band to keep it real. ..and it was real, real funky, real pocket. Rob Paparozzi on vocals & harmonica, Miho Nobuzane piano, Frankie Cicala on guitar and Tetsuya Sato on Bass. The band played lots of tunes and only scratched the surface of the vast Bernard Purdie catalog. Some of the tunes featured were The Chicken, Mr. Magic (Grover Washington) and of course to demonstrate the Bernard "Pretty" Purdie shuffle we had Home at Last (Steely Dan). Bernard took the time to stand up and answer questions and tell amazing stories and give great advice. We had at least 75 people waiting in line to get autographs after the show and Bernard stayed well after the clinic to meet with every one of them. Bernard is not just a great drummer but he's a musical historian, Guru and true gentleman. When Bernard speaks he preaches the truth about how drummers should play and how drummers should act and be professionals in every sense of the word. People who come to a Bernard Purdie clinic not only get to see a great clinic but they leave with an education in music history and musical enlightenment. It was a real special night here at Sam Ash Springfield one that will be remembered for a long time.
January 6-11, 2016. Bernard Purdie on Jam Cruise 14! Info here. This will be a fun one!
June 26, 2015
Check out this nice review of "Let The Drums Speak," Bernard "Pretty" Purdie's recent biography by Lisa Torem on the Penny Black Music Blog in the UK!
March 13, 2015
Check out the April 2015 issue of Modern Drummer with Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on the cover!
February 21, 2015
Karen Frisk brings back Legendary Drummer: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie for a book signing, "Let The Drums Speak" - Autobiography... meet & greet and concert.
Sat. Feb. 21, 2015
7:00 - 8:00 pm Meet & Greet Bernard, Book signing session
8:00 - 10:00 pm Concert with
Southern New England premier vocalist: Karen Frisk, vocals...
New England favorite: Kent Hewitt, piano...
from Rhode Island... International artist: Dave Zinno, bass
$35.00 for Book & Concert
Concert: $15.00 with reservation. $18.00 at door.
LIMITED SEATING - PLEASE CALL AHEAD FOR RESERVATIONS:
The Buttonwood Tree - Performing Arts & Culture Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
December 26, 2014
We did an television interview about my biography "Let The Drums Speak," and followed it up with a short jam on the drums. See the videos here:
Drum solo: http://www.myfoxny.com/clip/10973117/drum-demo
December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful friends and fans. May your Holidays and New Year be with love, happiness, peace - and music!
October 16, 2014
It's Here! I want to thanks all of my friends, fans and supporters who made this book possible. If you helped as a patron, you will be receiving a special package of gifts and thanks soon. For those of you who want a copy of the book right now. Well, what are waiting for? It's here!
Peace Always! And Thank you!
October 12, 2014
April 29, 2014 - Updated August 1, 2014
Hello Friends and Fans:
We are raising money to publish my biography, "Let The Drums Speak!, straight from our website using PayPal (who also accepts credit cards).
Please see more info at www.bernardpurdie.com/book. Thank you.
P.S. We made it!!! Thanks all. The book is scheduled to be out in the Fall of 2014.
December 19, 2013
A Great feature of Bernard and Rob in the December issue of Allegro! http://www.local802afm.org/2013/12/groove-masters/.
October 1, 2013
Oregon Music News article and videos.
"Drummer Bernard (Prettty) Purdie on his band, his shuffle and…’on the one’."
July 29, 2013
Don’t let the lazy days of summer stop you from coming out for some super music...... As you can see in the picture I am fueling up for a busy weekend.
Check out my calendar for more info! I will be looking for you.
Peace always Bernard Purdie!
June 11, 2012
Get tickets from www.ticketmaster.com 503 - 224 -8499
General admission $25.
Reserved tickets $30.
(With reserved tickets be sure to call Jimmy Mak's right away for dinner reservation and seating arrangement.)
503 - 295 - 6542
Purdie is featured in Batteria Magazine, April 2010. Article here.
Check out some YouTube videos of Purdie playing at NAMM 2010. Here!
December 10, 2009
Gene McCormick and Jack Hoban (Rogues on the Run) were local Jersey Shore musicians from the same zip codes as Bon Jovi and Springsteen, except that they represented the jazz and R&B offering from that magical and musically fertile part of the country. Playing at the Jazz & Blues festival in Red Bank with their band "Jersey Blue," they were heard by Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, the world's most recorded drummer with credits that include Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Alan Jackson, B. B. King, etc. After the show Purdie told them "you have a new drummer," and off they went to Home Base studios in NYC, where Purdie had recorded the seminal "Abandoned Luncheonette," with Hall & Oates. Joined by some of the best studio musicians in NYC, they recorded "Jersey Blue." Jersey Blue is a diverse and magical set of songs, with some of the finest drumming of Purdie's long and illustrious career. Jersey Blue covers R&B to Jazz to Rock to Country. And, of course, the Purdie Shuffle!
Wanna hear some?
November 13, 2009
Hello Friends & Fans
It is almost Thanksgiving....
A time to reflect on the hectic year of 2009, to stop, to thank one and all for the enrichment you brought to my life. In teaching I received the benefit of the wonderful energy the students put forth and it bolsters my resolve to keep on teaching and sharing the gift I have been blessed with. Being on Broadway again brought back many memories and has re-connected me with many old friends. In travels to Europe and South America new friends were made, a special "hello" to Marco, Danillo, Laura, Daniele, Ale, Sergio and many, many more who made touring such a wonderful experience.
Hope this challenging year brought you enrichment and new resolve to go forth and enjoy the upcoming year.
Peace always...... Bernard Purdie
November 11, 2009
The Jersey Blue CD, with Bernard Purdie, Gene McCormick and Jack Hoban is due for release on December 1, 2009. The album was produced by Bernard Purdie and contains all new original music - R&B to Jazz to Rock to Country (and don't forget the Purdie Shuffle!). The album was mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk and sounds great. Hear a sample and pre-order here. Autographed copies will soon be available at live Purdie dates.
October 19, 2009
Legendary Soul & Funk Drummer, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Reissues First Solo Album Plus Lost Sophomore LP
Out of print for over 40 years, Remastered Bonus Tracks, Unpublished Photos, Linear Notes with Purdie.
Full Press release here.
For more info contact: Noah@nature-sounds.net or
Call 718.360.4866, E-Mail: email@example.com
October 12, 2009
Hello Friends & Fans
Well, I am finally coming to Florida, hope you will show up and say Hello.
Miami Jazz Workshop presents.......
Master Class with Bernard Purdie
11 a.m. Sunday Oct. 25th
The Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables Florida
to be followed by
Concert at 6 p.m.
Further info: 786 470 9042
August 2, 2009
See new pix from the Ringo Music Clinic in Torino IT here.
June 6, 2009
A heartfelt thank you to all who support live music and keep me and my fellow musicians working.
May 21, 2009.
Hello Friends & Fans....
Yes, "Hair" is fantastic, I am loving it. 8 Tony nominations. Do plan on coming and seeing the show. BUT, listen up I will be taking a leave from June 20th to July 26th, so do plan on coming to the show when I am there, or you can catch up with me at the following festivals and concerts:
Sunday June 28th Drum Clinic Teatro Arti E Mestieri, Torino, Italy together with Sergio Bellotti (drummer/artist/instructor from Berklee College of Music) www.ringomusic.net
Then a quick tour with w/Kevin Mahogany's Kansas City Revue and The Godfathers of Groove, July 1st thru July 4th Jazz Festival, Ascona, Switzerland, July 7th Jazz a Vienne, Lyon, France, July 8th Jazz San Javier, San Javier, Spain, July 10th North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland, July 17th - 18th Concert at Backstage Experience, Santiago, Chile www.bksexperience.com
Please see my calendar for more details.
Wishing you a good summer and peace always.
Hello Friends & Fans
Okay, here is the reason I have not been around much so far in 2009. "Hair" has taken up my time.... We open on Broadway this week. Hope some of you can come and see the play.
www.nytimes.com/ then click on Theater
2 page interview and video recorded March 30, 2009 by Dave Segal of the NY Times
Peace always......... Bernard Purdie
Note from the producer:
"Priceless" screening is on Wed. March 25. 7:50pm beginning with 2 short films in the screening block for the NY International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Village East Cinemas, located at 181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
The movie will be shown on Screen 7.
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
You can purchase Tickets by clicking the green tickets icon (ON SALE) next to your film’s title/block on the film schedule at www.nyfilmvideo.com. This will take you to the appropriate Ticketweb page.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. A single ticket gets you into
the screening block and the after-party for that night.
AJ Epyx Productions, LLC
Dear Friends & Fans
May the new year find you filled with peace and serenity. May it flow from you and connect with all people around our beautiful Mother Earth. May it enter into the hearts that need it most and move them to find peaceful solutions to the problems that affect us all. May each of us enter the new year filled with optimism, inspiration and hope.
Thanking you all for a great 2008 and looking forward with hope to the new beginnings in 2009.
September 16, 2008
Calling all Drummers...........
On September 20th come to Cecil County MD to
the Elkton Fall Fest '08. One of the main draws is the Elkton Idol Contest. This year I am one of the judges.
The highlight of the day, from 3-5 PM, is "Let me See Your Footwork,"
hosted by Bobby D as part of the Valley of the Drums, To enter this non-competitive event, drummers pay a $5 registration fee to showcase their skills for 3 minutes.
All of the funds and donations from this event will go to the Bobby D Big Pencil Box fund for the Thompson Estates Elementary School located in Elkton MD.
Yes...... I am bringing my five bucks..... I will have my three minutes in the spotlight, so be sure to bring your money and let me hear you and see you strut your stuff. See you there........ Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
August 23, 2008
Hello Friends & Fans ..........
I was interviewed by Brent Bradley of Podshow Radio on 8/21/08.... He did a great job intermingling the spoken words with some of the great music I have been fortunate to play on, such as ......... Steely Dan - "Babylon Sisters", Galt MacDermot - "Hair", Aretha Franklin - "Think", Bernard Purdie - "Memphis Soul Stew", Hall & Oates - "She's Gone"
So when you sit down by your computer to pay your bills (<:}* Log on to www.podshowradio.com; it might brighten your day.
Peace always.... Bernard Purdie
July 22nd - August 31st
Hello Friends & Fans:
In case you are coming to New York City this summer....
Do come to Central Park and enjoy a FREE performance of "Hair." Forty One years ago Galt McDermot composed and played "Hair" on Broadway. I happened to be his drummer then....still am.
July 22nd - August 31st
8 pm Tues thru Sunday
"Hair" in Central Park
New York City
Plan on coming earlier in the day in order to get your FREE ticket.
Have a nice summer......
Peace always....... Bernard Purdie
July 11 - 12, 2008
Hello Friends & Fans.......
Hope you will stop by and see me this coming weekend.
Will then tell you about my next gig....
If you remember "Hair", you will want to find out about this!
Best regards and peace always.
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
2751 Broadway NYC
212 864 6662
Fri July 11th & Sat 12th
Shows at 8 pm, 10 pm & 11:30 pm
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie & Friends
May 31, 2008
Native Local Drumming legend
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie to perform in Elkton
Rhythmland Drums Center, Edge Entertainment, Sonor Drums and Sabian Cymbals presents Up Close and Personal
At The Welcome Home Tour
Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 3pm to 6pm
Performance by Bernard Purdie
Musical Tribute Featuring the Area’s Finest Musicians Such as: Hallow Cain’s Brian Lowe, Pat Magee Band’s, Matt Caverese, Independent Solo Artist Jillian “Jill Pill” Jones and the Bass Day Brigade featuring Johnny Lee (Pure Pleasure, One Love, Larry Tucker Band) Dan Chernowski (Rising High and Dimensions), John Grimsly (Grimsly Music), Elkton High’s Eric “Baby Monster” Green Maryland #1 Unsigned Drummer Ulysis “Gruv” Mentor, Wes Crawford (Maryland Drums/Dream Cymbals), Other endorsed drummers scheduled to appear at:
All American Sports Academy
Corner of Bridge Street & 801 Elkton Blvd.
(Across from 4 corners Tavern)
Call Rhythmland Drum Center for Tickets
410-398-9112 - $25.00 pp
Tickets also available at the door
Sponsored by : Rythmland Drum Center, Edge Entertainment, Kevin . Productions, R-Test Entertainment Group, Evans EC2 Drums Heads, Grimsly Music, Sabian Cymbals, 3 B’s Entertainment, Sonor Drums, Cecil Whig, Picture It Frames, MD Drums Co., Dream Cymbals Trueline Drumsticks ProLogix Percussion, A & M Tent Events.
Benefits the Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Music Scholarship and the Cecil Counts Arts Council.
Purdie is featured in Modern Drummer's magazine Drum Gods II.
Read the article here.
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on the cover of the March 2008 cover of the Japanese magazine "Rhythm & Drums."
Check it out here!
February 26, 2008
The Rock Club.
- All you former "garage band," college & high school band
members dust off your instruments
and revitalize your musical skills.
Here is an opportunity for hobby musicians to get out and play, sharpen their chops, practice, and finally
play a gig in front of family and friends at a premiere Hollywood venue at the end of the program.
So maybe you won't be the new Johnny Cash, Branford Marsalis or Edgar Winter. But this is an opportunity
to build upon what you already know, with guidance and leadership by my professional musician friends at
Frank McIlquham's The Rock Club Performance Program.
This is a new concept in the U.S. and based in Long Beach, CA. (soon to be started in other cities).
I am impressed with the possibilities. Check it out for yourself www.therockclub.net.
Music is universal, music heals, music for peace......Be part of it.
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
New Pictures from Namm 2008.
Check them out here!
November 14, 2007
Hello Friends and Fans:
I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Inside MusicCast.
What a great experience. We chatted about the music business, current artists, and much loved departed artists, such as Jeff Pocaro and King Curtis to mention a couple.
When you have a moment, kick back and check out Inside Musicast's website.
Log on to the Inside MusiCast web site at http://www.insidemusicast.com.
Once you access the site, you will see my photo along with a brief bio. Below that you will see the "Listening Options" area. You can either download the MP3, or if you click on the Podtrac Player link, the interview should begin playing within a few seconds.
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