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Simon Kirke – Drum Practice Routines 1983

SKF NOTE: Here’s the backstory to this Simon Kirke excerpt. In this excerpt Simon talks about his favorite drum practice routines. He also tells us he does not record with a click track, and he tends to play behind the … Continue reading

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Carole King’s Sage Advice on Performing

SKF NOTE: Reading singer/songwriter Carole King’s memoir, A Natural Woman, I am not surprised at finding several words of “keeper” advice for all musicians. Here’s Ms. King’s advice on performing in front of an audience. Performing wasn’t something to fear, … Continue reading

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Eighty-Two Year Old Drum Solo Still a Killer

SKF NOTE: In the mid-1970s I played drums for a couple of years with the Millard Cowan Trio in Davenport, IA. I remember Millard asking me then if I had ever seen Fred Astaire’s dancing/drum solo routine. I had not. … Continue reading

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Three Roy’s and a Dawson: In Concert 1971

SKF NOTE: Here’s another hour of in concert video of some top shelf musicians. The drummers are Roy Haynes with Jimmy Smith, Roy McCurdy with Cannonball Adderley, Alan Dawson with Dave Brubeck, and Roy Brooks with Charlie Mingus.

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Gene Krupa’s Wisdom for the Ages Pt. 2

SKF NOTE: Recently I posted a quote from Gene Krupa in which he tells us some of what he learned about drumming from Baby Dodds and other older drummers. He’s more from Krupa on the same topic. Thank you writer … Continue reading

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George Benson on Motown’s Jazz Musicians

SKF NOTE: A music history lesson from guitarist/singer George Benson. He’s absolutely correct about Motown’s now famous studio jazz musicians. I was surprised at first to learn how many rock musicians of the 40s and 50s were either jazz musicians, … Continue reading

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’72 All-Star Swing Festival: Great Drummers Throughout

SKF NOTE: I just came across this 1972 Timex All-Star Swing Festival with great drummers throughout. Harold Jones with Count Basie, Rufus “Speedy” Jones with Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa with Benny Goodman Quartet, Alan Dawson with Dave Brubeck, Bobby Durham … Continue reading

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