Bernard Purdie

In 1970 he hooked up with R&B great Aretha Franklin, and proceeded to be a first-call player on all types of dates, from jazz, to soul, to rock. In addition to working with Paul Butterfield, Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Al Kooper, James Brown, Tom Jones, Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, Lou Donaldson, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Hank Crawford, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren, Cat Stevens, and the Brecker Brothers, Bernard regularly produced solo albums. It has been said that Purdie—considered by many to be the drummer with “the funkiest soul beat in the business”—has laid down the groove on over 3,000 albums. Creator of the famous Purdie shuffle and a hundred other timeless R&B grooves, Bernard Purdie has seen samples of his beats used on countless hip-hop, rap, and acid-jazz records. He still actively performs and records to this day.