#1 Jazz Drummer: Mark Guiliana

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Thursday April 06, 2017

From Modern Drummer

2017 Modern Drummer Readers Poll Winners: Mark Guiliana wins top “Jazz Drummer” and “Recorded Performance/Audio”

The year 2016 was a landmark for jazz/electronica drummer Mark Guiliana, who toured extensively in support of the first acoustic jazz album under his leadership (Family First) and experimental electroacoustic recordings by trumpeter Dave Douglas (Dark Territory) and saxophonist Donny McCaslin (Beyond Now). Guiliana continued breaking ground in the duo Mehliana with keyboardist Brad Mehldau, touring as a trio with renowned guitarist John Scofield. And Mark and his cohorts in McCaslin’s group also served as the backing band on the legendary David Bowie’s twenty-fifth and final release, Blackstar, an album so forward looking and well rendered that MD readers put it at the top of the audio portion of this year’s Recorded Performance category.

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