Monthly Archives: March 2015

Gadd to Join Clapton May 2015 Madison Square Garden Concerts

Eric Clapton Playing Two Madison Square Garden Gigs in May for 70th Birthday Written by: Rock Cellar Magazine Staff Clapton’s backing band for both nights will consist of Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John, … Continue reading

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Ballard and Rainey: Jazz is an Open-Source Code

Irish Times Never mind the whiplash, here’s some proper jazz drumming lessons Don’t believe everything you see at the movies: for great jazz sticksmen Jeff Ballard and Tom Rainey, being mentored was a joy – although Ray Charles was no … Continue reading

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Young Drummer/DJ Says Earplugs Helpful

WSJ.com – YOUR HEALTH Is Your Music Too Loud? Experts Say It May Be If It Is Louder Than a Microwave’s Beep To lessen hearing-loss risk, some experts say listen to loud music with earbuds for less than an hour … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Life in Music: First Meeting with MD Founder Ron Spagnardi

I first met Modern Drummer founder/publisher Ron Spagnardi probably in the summer of 1978. MD‘s office was the basement of the Spagnardi home at 47 Harrison Street, Nutley, NJ. MD was still a quarterly publication. Nothing fancy about the basement. … Continue reading

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New CD Set Combines Six 1961 Coltrane Quartet with Dolphy Shows

[SKF NOTE: I have yet to do a complete inventory, but I know I have several cuts from at least some of these shows on various Coltrane albums. Every cut I’ve heard has first-class, experimental, straight-ahead musicianship. And Elvin Jones … Continue reading

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Anatomy of Clem Burke’s Drums on Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’

[SKF NOTE: Thank you to the Wall Street Journal for giving writers a chance to publish accounts of well-known songs. It is fantastic to have these musical insights for posterity.] Wall Street Journal ANATOMY OF A SONG How Blondie Created … Continue reading

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Fred Below: No Practicing Drums in the House Until You Could Play

SKF NOTE: This is the second excerpt from my interview with drummer Fred Below, arguably the father of Chicago electric blues drumming. Mr. Below recorded with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, the Aces, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, and other pivotal … Continue reading

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