Friday, April 30, 2010

Drumming With Joe Morello

Some great footage today of Master drummer and educator Joe Morello.

From his instructional video, here's Morello demonstrating a few basic hand techniques:

A here's some classic Joe Morello in action with pianist Dave Brubeck:

I had the opportunity to hang out with Morello a couple of years ago in Kingston, Ontario. My good friend, fine musician and fellow McGill jazz drummer Chris Smirnios had been commuting to New Jersey to study with Morello and arranged to have him make the trek up North to present a drum clinic and give some private lessons.

I made the drive to Kingston from Toronto that afternoon to catch the events and was lucky enough to hang out with Morello following his clinic. We sat in the hotel restaurant for several hours listening to his stories and watching him demonstrate his snare technique with two knives on the table (!)

Thanks for the memories Joe !

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