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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: June 11, 1939

Bernard Purdie was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family - earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This “schooling” enabled Purdie to “feel my way into nearly every kind of music, 'cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new.”

Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school and played with (among others), Lonnie Youngblood before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970 - the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock, working together with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name....
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Featured recording “Purdie Good Cookin'”

Purdie Good Cookin'

Self Produced
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    Legends Of Acid Jazz - Bernard Purdie

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    Bernard Purdie's Soul To Jazz II

    Palmetto Records
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    Master Drummers Volume Two

    Palmetto Records
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    Bernard Purdie's Soul To Jazz

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    Coolin' 'N Groovin' (A Night At On-Air)

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    Master Drummers Volume One

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    Palmetto Records
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Mar14 Bernard Purdie & Friends
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