Monthly Archives: August 2020

Pre-Order Robyn Flans’s Bio of Drummer Jeff Porcaro

SKF NOTE: When Robyn Flans was a frequent Modern Drummer contributor, and I was Managing Editor, we worked together on several 1980s interviews — including the Ringo Starr cover story. I’m looking forward to reading Robyn’s upcoming biography of one-of-a-kind … Continue reading

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Anniversary of Gary Chester’s Passing – August 17

SKF NOTE: From the Gary Chester the Drummer Facebook page. Gary was a wonderful guy and, without a doubt, an innovative drummer. Check out Gary’s Facebook page if you have not already done so. Here’s the back story on my … Continue reading

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Mel Lewis on Playing Thad Jones’s Charts (1968)

SKF NOTE: The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra remains one of the all-time great big bands. For me it’s always interesting reading how the team worked. Here’s Mel Lewis sharing his perspective on playing Thad’s charts. “[Thad Jones writes] the unexpected, … Continue reading

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The Sound of Six Cups of Water

SKF NOTE: When I use the coffee pot for making coffee – as opposed to a K-cup – I fill the water level to six cups. I do that by listening to the sound of the water rising. I’ve gotten … Continue reading

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J.R. Mitchell – I Didn’t Want to Play Left-Handed

SKF NOTE: Here’s the back story on my interview with J.R. Mitchell. In this excerpt, Mr. Mitchell discusses some of the challenges left-handed drummers face. Once I on an Iowa gig I had to share my right-handed drumset with the … Continue reading

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