Tag Archives: New Orleans

James Black: Early Drumming Influences

SKF NOTE: My opening question to James Black was, “Early on, was there a person, or something that influenced your decision to play drums instead of another instrument, or something else altogether?” Mr. Black’s answer is part mystery. His main … Continue reading

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Audio: James Black on His Drum Equipment, His Sound, and His Upcoming Album (1982)

SKF NOTE: My James Black interview appeared in the December 1982 Modern Drummer. The first person to get me excited about James Black’s drumming was Jaimoe. We were listening to records and Jaimoe asked me if I’d ever heard James … Continue reading

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James Black: They Don’t Want You to Shine; You Shine Anyway

SKF NOTE: Here is my interview with James Black as it appears in the December 19, 1982 Modern Drummer. The interview back story is there as well. Revisiting the full interview transcript last night, a couple of passages jumped out … Continue reading

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John Vidacovich: Melodic Rhythm

Vidacovich a NOLA drum master POSTED 6:35 PM, AUGUST 31, 2015, BY LBJ NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- Drummer and music educator Johnny Vidacovich’s name is in every conversation concerning the best of New Orleans drummers. Vidacovich…took lessons and credits his early growth … Continue reading

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