Category Archives: Drum/Music News

News items of note, present and past, about drummers and other musicians.

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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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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Music, Economics Exercise Kids’ Minds

SKF NOTE: Thank you, Franklin Vanderbilt. Economics plus art plus kids equals a positive recipe for success. How can we help? ===== Lenny Kravitz’s drummer, Franklin Vanderbilt, tries to save Chicago’s kids with music By Emily DeCiccio, Fox News What … Continue reading

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Without the Fundamentals There’s No Depth to Your Music

SKF NOTE: Joey DeFrancesco‘s experience with John Coltrane Quartet and Miles Davis caught my eye this morning. I’m sharing Mr. DeFrancesco’s words with you. ===== POPULAR JAZZ ARTISTS Life-changing jazz albums: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme Hammond organ hero Joey … Continue reading

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What You Play or Don’t Play Defines You

Neal Wilkinson talks the “masters” of drumming and Carole King musical Beautiful By Rhythm magazine “The thing I find most challenging…on…every gig, is to play creatively in a song setting. Rather than playing millions of notes, …I’ve always been focused … Continue reading

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Great Price: Elvin, DeJohnette with Joe Farrell

SKF NOTE: Last night I bought several MP3 jazz albums, among them, Joe Farrell’s Moon Germs. In 1972 I first bought the Moon Germs LP — and have been waiting many years for its reissue. This is a quartet date … Continue reading

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Max Roach: High Taxes Killed the Big Bands

SKF NOTE: The 1940s federal government entertainment tax (or cabaret tax) and the Musicians Union’s bans on recording music are two incredibly shortsighted policies that devastated the Swing Era. Coming across these incidents for the first time, many years ago … Continue reading

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