Freddie Gruber

Freddie Gruber, born May 27, 1927 in the Bronx, New York City, New York, was an American jazz drummer and drum educator, best known for his ergonomic teaching style — based on what he observed and gleaned from fellow drummer and roommate, Buddy Rich.

Gruber grew up during the early years of New York's bebop scene, and subsequently worked with likes of Charlie Parker and others.

On January 15th, during the 2011 NAMM Show, the Zildjian cymbal company honored Freddie Gruber by presenting him with an award for educational excellence throughout his lifetime.

Former drum students of Gruber include household name drummers such as Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Peart, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, and others.

Freddie Gruber died on October 11, 2011; he was 84.

Freddie Gruber