Former Secretary of State and 75-year-old woman Madeleine Albright impressed a Kennedy Center audience — an audience that included Helen Mirren and Aretha Franklin — this past Sunday when she made a surprise appearance behind the drums during the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and Gala Concert.

Let's travel with Madam Secretary (flipbook style) as she whales on her kit.

First she was primed and prepared.

Then, with the focus of a laser, she got serious.

Finally, having accepted that she's a badass muhfucker, Madeleine Albright kicks back and enjoys the ride through musical paradise.

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