Monthly Archives: April 2020

What Big Sid Did with One Foot

SKF NOTE: Art Hodes wrote a Down Beat column in the mid-1960s which I enjoyed. He was a jazz pianist who knew musicians, including early jazz drummers, like Dave Tough, George Wettling, and Big Sid Catlett. I valued Mr. Hodes’s … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen – Your Day of Liberation

SKF NOTE: When I finished putting together John Von Ohlen’s Modern Drummer interview, before it was published, I sent him a copy to review. That was my standard practice. Drummers responded, usually, by signing off on the interview as written. … Continue reading

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Neil Peart – If the Simple Dumb Thing Works Best

SKF CORRECTION: Learned users of DrumForum.com pointed out it is Steve Smith, not Neil Peart, playing drums on Jeff Berlin’s Subway Music. Neil plays on other tracks on the album. It’s good to know the truth, and it’s good that … Continue reading

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Les DeMerle – Music vs Business

SKF NOTE: Les DeMerle asked me during his interview to ask him about music versus the music business. So I did. Les’s reply is still valid in 2020. The interview was published in Modern Drummer’s October 1984 issue. Les DeMerle: … Continue reading

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Three ‘Down Beat’ Quotes on Dave Tough

SKF NOTE: I used several written sources — as many as I could find — for my Modern Drummer Dave Tough profile. Last week I came across some of my resource notes, including these three quotes from different Down Beat … Continue reading

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