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Best Jazz Drum Sets & Where To Buy

Photograph of the blog post author, Annika Hope

Annika Hope


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Jazz Drum Sets

Jazz drum sets typically consist of a bass drum, snare drum, two mounted toms, one-floor tom, a hi-hat, two crash cymbals, and one ride cymbal. The bass drum is typically 16″ or 18″ in diameter, while the snare drum is usually 14″ in diameter. 

The two mounted toms can be 8″ or 10″ in diameter, and the floor tom is usually 14″ in diameter. The hi-hat is typically 14″ in diameter and the crash cymbals are generally 14″ or 16″ in diameter. The ride cymbal is usually 20″ in diameter.

Jazz drum sets are special because they require a unique approach to playing. Jazz drummers need to be able to play with subtlety, finesse, and creativity in order to create the unique sounds that are associated with jazz music. 

Jazz drum sets are typically more intricate and complex than other types of drum sets, and they often include a variety of different percussion instruments, such as cymbals, bells, and timbales. Jazz drummers also need to be able to improvise and react quickly to changes in the music in order to keep up with the fast-paced nature of jazz.

Jazz Drum Sets

Introduction To Drumming

This video below will give you the tools as an introduction to the basic Jazz drum set pattern if you are a beginner.

History Of Jazz Drum Sets

The modern jazz drum set has evolved from a combination of African, European, and American influences. The earliest jazz drummers used a combination of drums and percussion instruments to create a unique sound. Early jazz drummers often used a snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, and a variety of percussion instruments including cowbells, woodblocks, and tambourines.

In the early 20th century, jazz drummers began to experiment with the use of multiple drums and cymbals. This allowed them to create a more complex and dynamic sound. By the mid-20th century, the modern jazz drum set had been developed and was being used by jazz musicians around the world.

The modern jazz drum set typically consists of a bass drum, snare drum, tom-toms, hi-hat, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, and various percussion instruments. The drum set is often augmented with additional drums, cymbals, and percussion instruments to create a wide range of sounds and textures.

Most Famous Band To Play On Jazz Drum Set

The most famous band to have played on a jazz drum set is probably Thelonious Monk Quartet. This legendary band featured the iconic jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, along with bassist Al McKibbon, drummer Art Blakey, and saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Together, they created some of the most influential jazz music of the 20th century.

Where Can I Buy A Jazz Drum Set?

You can buy them on the Sweetwater website or on Amazon. It depends on the retailer and your budget, in terms of price.  

Closing Thoughts

So what are you waiting for?! You know the history of these percussion instruments, now all you need to do is go out and buy the whole kit and become a pro. As Buddy Ruch said, ‘you only get better by playing.’ I totally agree!


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