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Von Ohlen – How the Blue Wisp Big Band Got Started

SKF NOTE: This exchange is from the full transcript of my 10/12/1984 phone interview with John Von Ohlen. He was at home. I was in my Modern Drummer office in New Jersey. Scott K Fish: How did the Blue Wisp … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen: I Started on Drums at Age 17 (1984)

SKF NOTE: From the transcript of my interview with John Von Ohlen, published in the March 1985 Modern Drummer. John’s relatively late start on drums were preceded by more than a decade of studying accordion, piano, and trombone. And also, … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen: Reading and Writing Drum Charts (1984)

SKF NOTE: From the transcript of my interview with John Von Ohlen, published in the March 1985 Modern Drummer. This interview was done by phone. I was at home in Connecticut taping with a telephone answering machine that recorded sound … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen Photo Update: October 2015

SKF NOTE: The Blue Wisp Big Band just posted 20-plus new photos on the band’s Facebook page. Here’s a nice one of John Von Ohlen and the rest of the rhythm section. For an answer to why Von Ohlen has … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen: Some Best Moments in Drumming Have Been the Simplest

SKF NOTE: Indianapolis music teacher Bob Phillips, who John Von Ohlen mentions in this post, is, John says, “the guy who really taught me music.” Mr. Phillips and the back story to this 1985 Modern Drummer interview are explained here. … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen On Indianapolis Music ‘Genius’ Bob Phillips

SKF NOTE: I want to correct my original post intro. I left Modern Drummer as a full time managing editor in October 1983, and continued freelance writing for MD for a few years after, including this John Von Ohlen interview. … Continue reading

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