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Keith Copeland – Jazz Drummers Who Influenced Me and Why

SKF NOTE: I rediscovered my Keith Copeland interview transcript in July 2015. Keith and I spoke over dinner at a Centre Island, NY restaurant. I have forgotten the restaurant name. Neither do I remember how this interview came to pass. … Continue reading

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Joe Morello on Technique (1978)

  SKF NOTE: I interviewed Joe Morello in 1978 at his New Jersey home. My friend and fellow drummer, Chris Conrade, was with me. We three sat in Joe’s living room and Joe often played during the interview with drumsticks … Continue reading

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Ray Davies – Happy Mistakes that Make a Band Unique

SKF NOTE: Great songwriters have a special place in my heart. Performing onstage in front of an audience is often nerve wracking, but that experience for band leaders, front-men, must be scarier than it is for sidemen. When the front-man … Continue reading

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Who is Gary Chester?

Who is Gary Chester? Scott K. Fish, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • October 29, 2018 Gary Chester, starting in the 1960s, was a top New York studio drummer. One of a special breed of musicians who music producers and … Continue reading

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Ed Soph – Make Jazz Drumming History Interesting (1978)

  SKF NOTE: This excerpt, from my first of a few interviews with Ed Soph, follows earlier discussion on how best to teach students the history of jazz drumming. Ed’s idea seems simple enough: don’t bore students, make the subject … Continue reading

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Joe Morello: St. Louis Blues 1964

SKF NOTE: The internet has some excellent video of Joe Morello for all of us to study. I may be late to the party, but I don’t remember seeing this 1964 in concert clip of Joe with The Dave Brubeck … Continue reading

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Remo Belli Taught Me to Listen

SKF NOTE: A brief reminder of an important skill. I’m not surprised Remo Belli was “the best listener.” Think of all the feedback Mr. Belli must have considered, solicited and unsolicited, while perfecting his plastic drum heads. drummagazine.com 9 Questions … Continue reading

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