Category Archives: Revisiting My Life in Music

Remembering a Music Mentor

SKF NOTE: Leo Feinstein knew a lot about jazz and classical music. For example, customers at Sam Goody’s Walt Whitman Shopping Center store wanting to know which conductor/orchestra recorded the best version of Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique would get a learned … Continue reading

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Elvin – My Father Was a Wild Man

SKF NOTE: Around 1982-83 I attended an Elvin Jones drum clinic in NYC. I remember neither the exact location nor the clinic sponsor. (It may have been Elvin’s 1982 Professional Percussion Center clinic.) Former Modern Drummer Features Editor Rick Mattingly … Continue reading

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It Was Your Passion for Drums

SKF NOTE: Briefly, many years ago, I gave individual private home drum lessons to a handful of students. Using Facebook Messenger as a portal, one of those students, Shari, recently sent me an unexpected, touching message. I remember Shari. Over … Continue reading

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If Ringo Wants to Be in Our Magazine

SKF NOTE: Memories of Modern Drummer magazine co-founder Isabel Spagnardi make me smile. Isabel was MD publisher Ron Spagnardi’s wife. I don’t, and didn’t, know the specifics of Isabel’s work at MD. My impression is, and was, that she, as … Continue reading

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Calling Jimmy Davis of Centerport, NY

SKF NOTE: Jimmy Davis was a grade or two behind me at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, NY. He was a quiet kid, shy, with a good sense of humor. He was also an outstanding drummer with deep jazz roots … Continue reading

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