Tag Archives: Drummer

Joe Morello Drum Clinic Mid-to-Late 1970s – Part 1

SKF NOTE: Relying solely on my sketchy memory, I taped this Joe Morello drum clinic at the Long Island Drum Center. As of this writing I am unable to pinpoint the clinic date. I’m guessing it was in the mid-to-late … Continue reading

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Learning from Singers to Be a Better Drummer

SKF NOTE: Paging through books from my music book collection, reading again the passages I underlined, I remember I did so because all of these passages — or almost all of them — helped me become a better drummer. Breathing … Continue reading

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Art Blakey on Chick Webb’s Drum Lesson

SKF: Here’s Art Blakey recounting his drum lesson from Chick Webb. Down Beat: [T]he public in the swing era always looked to the drummer for a wild solo. After that, as time went on, people began to appreciate the drummer … Continue reading

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Cleo Laine Remembers Kenny Clare

SKF NOTE: Singer Cleo Laine remembers her friend and fellow band member, drummer Kenny Clare. “This was not the last image of Kenny Clare I have; many more ridiculous moments occurred to keep that hard-drinking, chain-smoking, Humphrey-Bogart lookalike drummer alive … Continue reading

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Jack Sperling ‘Leedy’ Drum Ad 1958

SKF NOTE: A 1958 Leedy drum ad of one of Dave Weckl’s early drum influences, Jack Sperling.  

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Fred Below: Playing with Dynamics

SKF NOTE: This is another excerpt from my July 9, 1982 phone interview with Fred Below. I am a great admirer of dynamics in music – rather than music played loud only. The Chicago blues artists recording for Chess were … Continue reading

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Alan Cornett: The Guts, Talent to Start All Over

SKF NOTE: Alan Cornett practiced, became a good drummer, and then misfortune forced him to either start all over or quit. Mr. Cornett chose to start all over.¬†God bless all musicians like him. What first caught my attention is the … Continue reading

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