Tag Archives: John Von Ohlen

John Von Ohlen – Your Day of Liberation

SKF NOTE: When I finished putting together John Von Ohlen’s Modern Drummer interview, before it was published, I sent him a copy to review. That was my standard practice. Drummers responded, usually, by signing off on the interview as written. … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen – I Look at Things in an Ass-Backwards Way

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 in my MD office. John was home in Indiana. My introduction to John’s … Continue reading

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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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Woody Herman: Davey Tough Was Magic in His Eyes

SKF NOTE: I first heard John Von Ohlen on Stan Kenton’s Stan Kenton Today: Recorded Live in London album. And, son of a gun, I happened upon a YouTube video of the 1972 Kenton band in concert in London — … Continue reading

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John Von Ohlen: I Couldn’t Get Mel Lewis’s Burning Ride Cymbal Out of My Mind

SKF NOTE: An excerpt from the full transcription of my interview with John Von Ohlen on October 12, 1984. You can listen to this exchange on the YouTube video posted here. John Von Ohlen: When I first started playing drums … Continue reading

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