It is a sad week for jazz drumming, as Ronnie Scott’s reports of the death of Martin Drew after a heart attack, age 66.
The house drummer at Ronnie’s between 1975 and 1995, Martin worked with many household names, including Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzie Gillespie. Martin was perhaps best known for his work with the Oscar Peterson Trio, which saw him perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.
Jack Massarik writes a full obituary for jazzwise here. Lance Liddle’s blog, bebop spoken here also features a tribute to Martin by Adrian Tilbrook. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.