Richard Best


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After a successful run playing in rock, country, jazz, and studio settings, my musical career was cut short when I was still relatively young. I had entered the jazz program at York University in Toronto to further study my craft when, half-way through my second year, I began to suffer excruciating pain and a loud ringing in both ears. Within a few weeks I was forced to leave music completely.

It has been only recently that medical knowledge of my type of hearing damage has progressed to the point of offering me an opportunity to rejoin the drumming world.

Screen name:
Richard Best
Member since:
Nov 11 2012
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week


Favourite drummers/possible influences: Bill Buford, Bill Stewart, Buddy Rich, Claude Ranger, Connie Kay, Danny Gottleib, David Garabaldi, Elvin Jones, Jack Dejohnette, Joe Morello, Keith Moon, Mick Fleetwood, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Terry Clark, Tony Williams, Trilok Gurtu, etc.

Instrument experience:



Vintage Gretsch 'be-bop' kit (from 1983).
Vintage "Milestone" fusion kit (1978)
Vintage Leedy Shelly Manne kit (1960)
Cymbals from Zildjian, Sabian, Dream, Murat Diril, and UFIP,
A bunch of vintage Slingerland, Gretsch and Ludwig snare drums.


Past Events

Join local jazz musicians and jazz aficionados as we present our next open stage jazz evening in downtown Oakville. Bring your ax or just drop by and listen. All are welcome. Amps and some instruments provided.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Best -, 905-844-2379