Thursday, April 23, 2015

Conversations with Jack DeJohnette

Another great interview today, this time from Jack DeJohnette:

When the Masters speak...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Antonio Sanchez: Creative Soloing and Freedom

Thanks to the forward thinking people over at Drumeo here's the "Birdman" of the drums himself, Antonio Sanchez, talking about and demonstrating some very important improvisation concepts on the drums:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Eyes of the Masters: Albert "Tootie" Heath

Check out this informative masterclass with the great Albert "Tootie" Heath from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music:

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Monday Morning Paradiddle

Welcome back and I hope you all had a nice weekend. As per usual, here's a number things to check out thanks to our busy Four on the Floor correspondents...

- Looking to learn a thing or two about Jazz music? Well, there's no lack of great lessons over at the Jazz @ Lincoln Centre Jazz Academy YouTube channel worth checking out:

- Thank you to Adam Nussbaum for passing along this BBC piece on Louis Armstrong:

- Gregory Porter speaks with GQ magazine about Jazz music:

- The Drummer's Resource Podcast contains a wealth of great interviews with many great drummers to listen to. Check out this episode with UNT drum set professor Ed Soph:

- Gary Chester describes developing "Good Time" over at Scott Fish's blog:

- What are the Mathamatics of Jazz? Well, Clayton Cameron tells us in his TED Talk via

-  Stewart Copeland shares a few good tips via Calgary's Jim Johnston:

- When the Masters speak, we listen ! Here's Art Taylor from a series created by the New York Public Library:

Thanks to Rochester's Mike Melito for this find...

- When another Master speaks, we still listen!  Here's a rare radio interview with Philly Joe Jones recorded shortly before he passed away in 1986:

- Interested in learning how to play a ballad on the drums? Check out this brief clip of Lewis Nash with Bobby Watson:

- Finally, dig this great piece about Toronto Jazz drummer Archie Alleyne:

- What am I reading/listening to these days?

Peter Erskine "No Beethoven: An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report"

Michael Philip Mossman "Springdance" - Marvin Smitty Smith (drums)

Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano "Soundprints" - Joey Baron (drums)

Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious Monk "Mulligan Meets Monk" - Shadow Wilson (drums)

- And today's Last Word goes to a few lines from Peter Erskine's autobiography "No Beethoven":

"Is is the charge of us who survive to see another dawn each day that we honour the memory of the kind and brave souls who have pioneered and lived and loved before us. They have taught us how to interpret a melody, or how to play a rhythm, or how to laugh at one of life's many absurdities. Life lessons. Good deeds. Mistakes. The sum of a man's or a woman's life can take years to absorb and understand, but we must always appreciate the sacrifice, wisdom, love, and humour that our fallen wisdom comrades have left to us."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Blackwell (returns)

Thank you to David Stanoch who reminded me the other day via the Facebook of these amazing clips of Ed Blackwell. I posted these here a few years back but they are so awesome it's worth reposting them just's Ed Blackwell!

And if you are interested in reading some excellent research written on Blackwell's unique style, be sure to check out David Schmalenberger's DMA thesis "Stylistic Evolution of Jazz Drummer Ed Blackwell: The Cultural Intersection of New Orleans and West Africa".

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gregory Hines & Stanley Clarke

I've written a bit before about the important relationship between tap dancing and jazz drumming. Well, here's Gregory Hines, who I consider to be the "Tony Williams" of tap dancers (!), in a duet with Stanley Clarke to check out from a feature on the Arsenio Hall Show: