Monthly Archives: October 2017

James Black: Early Drumming Influences

SKF NOTE: My opening question to James Black was, “Early on, was there a person, or something that influenced your decision to play drums instead of another instrument, or something else altogether?” Mr. Black’s answer is part mystery. His main … Continue reading

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Nick Fatool on Film 1940: Gorgeous Time, Musical

SKF NOTE: Some nice footage here of Nick Fatool. One of my favorite drummers, who I first heard with Artie Shaw’s small group The Gramercy Five. Fatool was a very musical drummer. Gary Chester cited Nick Fatool as a drummer … Continue reading

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Vinnie Colaiuta Yamaha Endorsement Photo (1985)

SKF NOTE: My educated guess on this Vinnie Colaiuta endorsement picture, found among my file folders, is that Yamaha sent it to me when I was gathering info for CREEM’s 1985 Drum Supplement. I was surprised and disappointed then at … Continue reading

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Here’s How to Get Your Article Into Modern Drummer: A Spoof

SKF NOTE: Last week I came across this photocopy, a parody called, Here’s How to Get Your Article into Modern Drummer. I wish I remembered how this came about. This was a great group to work with. Everyone had a … Continue reading

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Steve Smith Zildjian Cymbal Set-Up 198?

SKF NOTE: One of a series of Zildjian brochures from the 1980s, I believe.

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Carmine Appice Keeps Hangin’ On

SKF NOTE: When I was 17-years old our garage band, Potter’s Field, covered Vanilla Fudge’s version of, You Keep Me Hangin’ On. That’s my first memory of Carmine Appice. Ten years later, I met Carmine at a Long Island Drum Center … Continue reading

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Susan Ramsey: Earning a Musician’s Living in Rural Maine

SKF NOTE: I write a weekly column for the Piscataquis Observer, sometimes about music and musicians, such as musician/teacher Susan Ramsey. ===== A Musician Can Make a Big Difference in a Community Scott K Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer … Continue reading

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