Phil Seamen

Photograph by Terry Cryer


Jazz Drummer

Phil Seaman became Britain's most sought after jazz drummer and quite a few great American musicians, such as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa,became well aware of his prowess.

Ginger Baker

Phil Seamen was good friends with Ginger Baker and the two drummers collaborated together in 1970 in Ginger Baker's Airforce.

West Side Story

Phil Seamen played the drums in West Side Story when it came to the UK and even gene Krupa was impressed after hearing Phil play when he caught the show in London.

Daily Telegraph

Phil Seaman carried a pair of drum sticks with him everywhere he went. Always wrapped in a copy of the Daily Telegraph, says Kevin Chesham, who had lessons from Phil in 1971/2.


You can find Jazz discographies on the web and that's not our job, but here are one or two rare items that may be of interest.

The Phil Seaman Story features several drum solos interspersed with monologues of Phil talking about his career and how he got started. The other side of the Long Playing Record featured some band recordings including a frantic bebop where he shows what he can do.

Phil On Drums is a collection of live tracks recorded at the Hampstead Country Club in 1972.

Phil Seamen - Live At The Hope And Anchor Phil's own quartet recorded live in a small Islington pub in 1972. Poor quality but great drum solos.


Several clips featuring Phil Seamen have appeared on youtube.

These include a drum solo from a 1950's film called The Golden Disc with Don Rendell on Tenor Sax,

A wondeful film with Phil backing Roland Kirk at,

and another at,

A video of a young drummer playing a Phil Seaman exercise called The Train from "Ginger Baker's Drum Book",

A 1968 Al Cohn & Zoot Sims film with Stan Tracey on piano, Dave Green on bass & Phil Seamen on drums, really demonstrating his ability to play and feel afro-cuban rhythms,