Tag Archives: Gary Chester

Who is Gary Chester?

SKF NOTE: This piece was published first in the Piscataquis Observer weekly newspaper on October 29, 2018 as Who is Gary Chester? Gary Chester, starting in the 1960s, was a top New York studio drummer. One of a special breed … Continue reading

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Name the Drummer, Solve a Mystery

SKF NOTE: Thanks in advance to the person who solves this mystery. A member of drummer Gary Chester’s Facebook page would like to identify the drummer in these photos. My best guess: Irv Cottler. As of this writing we don’t … Continue reading

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Gary Chester – Teaching as a Way of Life

SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my Sept. 18, 1982 with Gary Chester which I transcribed, edited, and published as a Modern Drummer feature interview. Other than a few of my Mm-hm‘s — useless mouth sounds I’ve since learned … Continue reading

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Dave Weckl On Drumming Before and After Studying with Gary Chester (1983)

SKF NOTE: This is excerpt is from my August 5, 1983 interview with Dave Weckl. Modern Drummer published a much shorter version of this interview in April 1984 as an Up and Coming profile of Weckl. I’ve posted a copy … Continue reading

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Adding a Piece to Gary Chester’s Tapestry

SKF NOTE: Last Saturday I visited Tony Cruz at his Nyack, NY home. We were meeting in person for the first time, but being interviewed on camera, by Tony, about drummer extraordinaire Gary Chester was the real purpose for my … Continue reading

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