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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Who will pay the price for Dave Weckl Drums? with diamond lugs?

Are times tough for even the "most established" drummers?

here is the EBAY news"DAVE WECKL's Yamaha Chick Corea Akoustic Band Drums!
This is Dave's personal kit played on the ALIVE DVD/CD!" Bidding Starts Now.

Now there is some discussion from drummers weckl's old yamahas vs. buying new sonor drums or some have started a discussion: Click here to read Sources say thats the 3rd Weckl drum kit put up on ebay. anybody know what the other ones were?
click here for this ebay link

Monday, December 7, 2009

got cymbals, hey what about rivets?

Just when you thought, where can i find me some brass bosphorus rivets or some light ones? and what about ordering some nice sounding cymbals online?
Looks like has filled a void. Good site too --
They even include a separate sound file for each cymbal! remember the days of listening to the cymbal over the phone "before you buy" from someone? well, those days are passé with this cymbal shop. (funny that i even did a few times!)

Heres some news from the site:
"A bit about us and why we're here- ..Let me first say that I love playing drums. I love cymbals. It has been a lifelong search for me to obtain the perfect equipment. In a small town, it's difficult to audition cymbals - especially ones from specialty manufacturers. I became enamored with Istanbuls many years ago when I went to music college in Boston. These discs were amazing, but were still hard to find. I wanted to become a dealer so that I could increase my exposure, and try out as many as I liked. Picking and choosing as I bought and sold. Since I also enjoy sharing what I've learned with other drummers, I thought it would be a great idea to record sound examples as inventory came in."

think drummers will come back to this site often~
- kudos

Friday, November 27, 2009

D.B. news: Tony royster Jr in Brooklyn on 12/3

Tony Royster, although no longer the "little man" we remember from that PAS convention in Orlando way back when... he is rumored to be in Brooklyn NY for the drumoff competition on december 3rd, and various other drumoffs 2009. we know these drumoffs can be commercially motivated, political, and contain a mysterious judging rubric, or lets just say a blatant way to sell drums. However, we thought we would post the event for those who haven't seen tony play live like some of us who did nearly ten years ago. one funny story at PAS, tony waited to sit in all night on the jam session and stood by the bandstand watching joe porcaro, steve smith, etc. and countless other drummers sit in. At the end of the night, they gave the kid a chance around 1am. well, this kid pretty much tore it up, with a bit of flashiness as any kid would do. we remember him throwing a few stick tricks in there and trying to pull out a lot of "young" tony williams at the time. wish we had a picture of tony sitting there all night, and just staring at every single drummer until he got his chance to bust out every lick he knew. meanwhile, at the bar that night was terri bozzio, vinnie colaiuta, and tony mangini!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Eddie Locke celebration Sunday New York

here is the info for Sunday:
Please Join the Family and Friends of
Eddie Locke, drumming great
from Roy Eldridge's Band and Coleman Hawkins' Band.

Sunday, November 22nd @ 7:30pm
Saint Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), nyc

Musicians Scheduled to Perform: Barry Harris, Musical Director,John Bunch, Lodi Carr, Bill Charlap, Ray Drummond, Bill Easley, Jon Gordon, David Glasser, Larry Ham, Tardo Hammer, Louis Hayes, Cathy Healy, Mike LeDonne, Adam Nussbaum, Rossano Sportiello, Frank Tate, Warren Vache, Murray Wall, Frank Wess, Jackie Williams, Leroy Williams, Richard Wyands

What a great interview with Eddie, with a nod to Sonny Greer and Papa Jo Jones:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Joe Morello in New York @ maxwell's today

Here is an update on Joe Morello Day in New York. A day in the life of Joe - he is now 81 years young! This invite was taken from their website:

Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drum is hosting a
Joe Morello Day at their New York store!

Saturday November, 14th from 2-6pm.
Everyone should come in and meet Joe in person and help us celebrate his incredible career and the 50th anniversary of the historic Take Five recording. FREE admission. Snacks will be served. You'll also see Joe's Brubeck era silver sparkle Ludwig kit which is in our museum! Joe's 81 and his hands still work great!!
For more information visit:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Drumblogs' Video of the Week! Are We, Drummers at Risk?

Will Traktors be the new Durm Machines? find out here:

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Masters Move On & Hand Us the Torch

In 2009, we lost some masterful musicians. here we pay tribute to these Masters of percussion. They left behind some amazing work, and some of us are very lucky to say, they were our past teachers.

Jim Chapin
By Rick Mattingly
You'll rarely see Jim Chapin without a pair of sticks and a practice pad. Part of it is his sheer love of playing; part of it comes from when his book Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer was first published in 1948 and he was frequently challenged to prove that the patterns and exercises in the book could actually be played.

"A lot of my inspiration came from guys who played the shuffle, like Lou Fromm, Cozy Cole, O'Neill Spencer and Arthur Herbert," Chapin says. "My approach was to start with the shuffle rhythm in the left hand and then leave notes out of it while the right hand maintained the standard swing ride-cymbal pattern. A big misconception is that the book came out of what the bebop drummers were doing, but all the exercises that showed how to play dotted-eighth/sixteenths, straight eighths, triplets and sisteenth notes against the cymbal pattern were written in 1941 - long before bebop.

"By the time I put the book out in 1948, the bebop era was in full flower, so I wrote some exercises with a lot of the phrases I heard the bop drummers playing. But those drummers didn't play independently. When they would play those phrases, they would stop the cymbal or play it in unison. All I did was notate the mechanics and show how to play those phrases while keeping the swing pattern going on the ride cymbal."

The bop drummers were quick to take notice. "He beat a lot of drummers up with that book," says Max Roach. "We were all stumbling on it. But he made a significant contribution to conceptualizing what the drumset is all about, explaining it so clearly in his book."

For well over four decades, "the Chapin book" has been considered the definitive study on coordinated independence as applied to jazz drumming, and generations of drummers have struggled to master it. "I started studying from Advanced Techniques when I was about thirteen, and it was the first really frustrating thing I had encountered," says Dave Weckl. "That book definitely put me through changes. It was helping both my reading and my coordinated independence, and it brought me to a new level of concentration and ability. I went through it again with Ed Soph in college, and Ed had some different approaches using the same material, so it was the same thing all over again at a higher level. I always recommend that book."
( hall of fame article,

Alexander Lepak

Alexander Lepak, co-author of the Friese-Lepak Timpani Method and timpanist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for 56 years died on March 25, 2009 after a battle with throat cancer. He was 88.
Lepak's career in music began as a youth in Hartford, Conn. He played timpani in his high school orchestra, studied music theory and played in various clubs and hotels with dance bands. Lepak served as the conductor of the Marines' 3rd Brigade Orchestra during World War II. When the war ended, he relocated to New York, performing with jazz orchestras and studying with Henry Adler and Alfred Friese. He returned to Hartford finish his degree at Hartt, graduating cum laude in 1950 and immediately being appointed to the theory and percussion faculty. He founded the Hartt School percussion ensemble in 1950 and conducted the Hartt Concert Jazz Band, which he founded in 1955. Lepak retired from the Hartt School in 1991.

And we also have to add another great drummer who left us this Summer, Rashied Ali
I remember having conversations with Rashied at the now defunct jazz club, Dharma.
I would perform at the early set 5pm-8pm and he would be arriving with his drums for the eve set, I once helped him set up his drums and in those few encounters, received some masterful knowledge from a completely humble, down to earth, and amazing musician, Rashied. I have recently been listening to his work with Alice Coltrane, such as Journey in Satchidananda.

::: Jazz drummer Rashied Ali.

Born in Philadelphia in 1935 as Robert Patterson, Ali worked in his hometown with a variety of rhythm and blues bands as well as with McCoy Tyner, the Heath Brothers, Lee Morgan, Don Patterson, and Jimmy Smith. After moving to New York City in 1963, Ali became active in the avant-garde jazz scene, working with Pharoah Sannders, Don Cherry, Paul Bley, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Archie Shepp, with whom he made his first significant recording, On This Night.

In November 1965, John Coltrane invited Ali to join his group, playing drums alongside Elvin Jones. He appeared alongside Jones on Coltrane's album Meditations. Jones left Coltrane's group soon after that, and Ali remained the drummer in the group until Coltrane's death in 1967. Ali appeared on the Coltrane albums Cosmic Music, Live at the Village Vanguard Again, Concert in Japan, Jupiter Variations, and Interstellar Space, which consisted only of Coltrane and Ali.
some rare sounds here:

And of course

Louie Bellson -Drummer, bandleader and composer Louie Bellson died on February 14, 2009.

Best known as a big band drummer with phenomenal technique, Bellson is credited with popularizing the use of double bass drums. During his career he worked with such leaders as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and his wife, singer Pearl Bailey. He also led his own big band and was an active composer, clinician, and drum book author. He was also known as one of the nicest guys in the music business.

Born July 6, 1924 in Rock Falls, Illinois, Bellson began learning to play drums at age three. When he was 16, Bellson won the national Gene Krupa drumming contest, and when he was 18 he worked with Ted FioRito and then with Benny Goodman for several months before going into military service. Afterward, he played with Goodman again and then worked with Tommy Dorsey. In 1950 he co-led a septet with Charlie Shavers that included vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, and then played briefly with Harry James before joining Duke Ellington in 1951. In addition to playing drums with the Ellington orchestra, Bellson also contributed several arrangements including "The Hawk Talks" and the drum feature "Skin Deep."

A Flashback Video from 1963:
Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Reggie Workman, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton.
(This band will swing you out the door..incredible band here. Wow!
notice blakeys use of matched grip and sidestick snare conversation at 2:08)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Drum tube clip of the week! What? bats from hell !

What what! bats from hell...
just watch and check out what spicer does part way through the solo:

Monday, April 6, 2009

pennies in drummer heaven!

the you tube clip of the week:
just came across this, an alternative drum midi controller, made from pennies.
amazing use of the "abe lincoln's" i must say. i have been looking into how to make a custom drum midi controller or foot controller for ableton live and found this: