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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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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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WVXU Podcast: A Celebration of John Von Ohlen

A Celebration of John Von Ohlen By LEE HAY • JUN 30, 2014 https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wvxu/audio/2017/01/JVO_Special.mp3 Full Story

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Freelance Writing: Today and Yesterday

SKF NOTE: One aspect of the pre-internet days I miss, and have not yet replaced, is paid freelance writing for music magazines and newspapers. Freelance writing was a great way to sharpen researching/writing skills. A great way to record for … 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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