Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend.
The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy’s creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades, inspiring many Hip-Hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of internationally-acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, and side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John have garnered him unparalleled respect among musicians and fans. His unique style consistently demonstrates his brilliance as the premier funk drummer of the contemporary era. The original The Meters LP’s were all recorded with Ziggy at the drums, and his work has been sampled many times over by artists such as Queen Latifah, Run DMC, Ice Cube, Salt N’ Pepa, Beastie Boys, and Naughty by Nature. Ziggy is a BMI award winner for the Young Gunz track, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” His drum sound provided the main loops for Amerie’s #1 Grammy-nominated R&B hit, “1Thing.”
Ziggy has written over 200 songs individually and collectively with The Meters, with releases on over 56 albums nationally and internationally. His movie soundtrack resume includes “Two Can Play That Game,” “Jackie Brown,” “Drum Line,” “8 Mile,” “Hancock,” and “Red.” Zig was featured in producer Mark Ronson’s 2011 Re:Generation Music Project, performing a new original song, “A La Modeliste,” with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, and members of The Dap Kings. Zigaboo’s solo CDs include “Zigaboo.com”, reviewed as one of the most outstanding comeback records of 2000, and the 2004 follow-up CD, “I’m on the Right Track,” featuring special guests, Dr. John and Bernie Worrell. “Funk Me Hard Live” is a collection of funk originals, recorded in 1980 and released in 2009. “New Life,” released in 2011, is the latest offering on Zigaboo’s own label, JZM Records, available at Zigaboo.com, iTunes and CDBaby.com.
In 2013, Drum Channel and Zigaboo Modeliste released a DVD, ”The Originator of New Orleans Funky Drumming” -- a history/biography of Zigaboo’s New Orleans Style Drumming approach and technique. Zig was honored with the cover story in the August, 2013, edition of Modern Drummer. He is also featured as he holds down the groove at Bonnaroo 2013 in the star-studded “Rock and Soul Dance Party,” singing his song, “Hey Pocky Away,” available on YouTube.
Zigaboo is a positive advocate for LMAT, and has brought his innovative masterclass to a number of our schools.