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Art Blakey — Blowin’ the Blues Away 1945

SKF NOTE: I do not own the copyright to this track and I will gladly remove it. This is track 1, Side 1, of a vinyl LP I bought called Billy Eckstine Orchestra 1945. The graphic here is from the … Continue reading

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Woody Herman: Davey Tough Was Magic in His Eyes

SKF NOTE: I first heard John Von Ohlen on Stan Kenton’s Stan Kenton Today: Recorded Live in London album. And, son of a gun, I happened upon a YouTube video of the 1972 Kenton band in concert in London — … Continue reading

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What Are Schools For?

What are schools for? Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • June 21, 2019 In junior high school, and high school, two “guidance” counselors told me I should drop out of school. I was never going to make … Continue reading

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Ed Soph – Helping a Student Figure Out Swing (1978)

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is from my interview with Ed Soph on May 19, 1978 at his home, a rental cabin, in the woods of Garrison, NY near West Point. It was my first time meeting Ed. A few years … Continue reading

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Peart – Drum Machines Are for a Songwriter (1985)

SKF NOTE: This excerpt is from my 1985 interview transcript with Neil Peart for Modern Drummer’s Tenth Anniversary issue published in January 1986. My assignment was to ask Neil to look forward and back, ten years in both directions, with … Continue reading

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Why Does Baby Dodds Matter?

SKF NOTE: Why does Baby Dodds matter? It’s year 2019. What can today’s drummers learn from a drummer born in 1898 who died 60 years ago? Well, I am always interested in discovering drumming roots. Gene Krupa was the first … Continue reading

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Not Bad For a Young Upstart

Not bad for a young upstart Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • June 1, 2019 Since I am no longer employed at the Maine State House (1989-2012), I haven’t tried this experiment. But every now and then, … Continue reading

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