Ronnie Burrage: Drummer, bandleader, producer, historian, educator, activist

Interview with Ronnie Burrage


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Who do call when you need a rock solid drummer?

Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Fortune, Doc Cheatham, Sir Rolland Hanna, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Chico Freeman, Hamiet Bluiett, and many others have all agreed: Ronnie Burrage.

In this call, we talk about Ronnie’s fascinating family, his career as a top go-to jazz drummer, and his inspiring work using music to serve the community.

Ronnie’s latest project is bringing young people to elder homes so they can enjoy music and talk about it – and life – together. Robbie calls it “gen-to-gen”, generation-to-generation, and we get into why it’s so important on the call.

You can support Ronnie’s community work by voting for his project.

You have to open an account to vote. After, you open the account you’ll be given choices to vote for. Vote for the World Rhythm Academy.

Yes, the process is a pain, but it’s worth doing.

Remember: The rules allow you to vote every day, once a day for the duration of the contest.

Vote for the World Rhythm Academy


Click here for info about Ronnie’s World Rhythm Academy


The Ronnie Burrage Trio featuring Archie Shepp: “Straight No Chaser.”


You have to open an account to vote. After, you open the account you’ll be given choices to vote for. Vote for the World Rhythm Academy.

Yes, the process is a pain, but it’s worth doing.

Remember: The rules allow you to vote every day, once a day

Vote for the World Rhythm Academy: https://encore.givkwik.com/account


You can contact Ronnie’s manager here

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

Sonny Rollins Meditating on a Riff
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