Category Archives: Revisiting My Life in Music

Remembering Mentor Ed Mathews

Around 1967, when I was in high school, age 16 or so, Ed Mathews and his family moved into their Huntington, NY home, directly across the street from our family home. My memory may be off, but I remember Mr. … Continue reading

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Buddy Rich – Always There Until

SKF NOTE: One afternoon, in March 1987, my Oxford, MD apartment phone rang. Paul T. Riddle was calling from South Carolina. He and I remain friends after I interviewed him in 1980 for Modern Drummer magazine. Paul loves jazz drumming. … Continue reading

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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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