Category Archives: Drum/Music News

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

Chip Stern – I Was Blessed to Call Ginger Baker My Friend

SKF NOTE: Chip Stern‘s emails are always a treat and always a worthwhile learning experience. I encourage you to read Chip’s reflections on his friend, Ginger Baker. Homeward Bound: Reflections on a Musical Legacy01-01-2020 | By Chip Stern | Issue … Continue reading

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1980s Drummers Steve Felix and Derek Blevins

SKF NOTE: Here are two more drummer photos I’m putting in the public square. Derek Blevins with Jon Butcher Axis is on the left in that band’s photo. I confess I’ve never heard much of the JBA. The Bus Boys’ … Continue reading

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Drummer Derek Hess – Rossington-Collins PR Photo Circa 1980

SKF NOTE: Scanning from my stack of old publicity photos, pictures of drummers. I will add these photos as often as I can. Also, if I get more background info on any of these photos I will add that info … Continue reading

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The Hunt for Gary Chester Memorabilia

SKF NOTE: Here’s a recent SOS from Katrina Chester and Tony Cruz. They are working on a Gary Chester documentary. In this video they are asking all of us to consider letting Katrina and Tony have access to any Gary … Continue reading

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Ray Davies: Happy Mistakes That Make a Band Unique

SKF NOTE: Last year I read and very much enjoyed Ray Davies’s autobiography, Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story. The book tells the stories of Ray Davies rebuilding his life, musical and personal, post-The Kinks. In this … Continue reading

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Roy Haynes – Previously Unreleased 1961 Live Recording w/ Stan Getz Quartet

SKF NOTE: Listening to my copy as I write. Great band all around. Roy Haynes burns. “Getz At The Gate” is a previously unreleased 1961 live recording from the historic Village Gate in New York City. This release features an … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine – No Parties or Memorials When I Leave the Planet

SKF NOTE: This post is on Hal Blaine’s Facebook page. Regarding funerals, memorials or celebrations, Hal said it better than we can. This is one of many emails he wrote along the same lines… and we will honor his wishes. … Continue reading

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