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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: