Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ralph Irizarry - PASIC 2010

Some footage today of percussionist Ralph Irizarry from his excellent session at this past years PASIC 2010 convention in Indianapolis:

Vic Firth has also posted clips of his clinic here and they are all worth checking out if you are interested in learning about authentic Salsa rhythms.

On an unrelated note, pianist George Shearing passed away yesterday. Here's an impressive clip that also features Shearing with drummer Denzil Best on Best's bebop anthem "Move":

I only had the occasion to hear Shearing play live once, in a duet with Canadian bassist Neil Swainson, at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in 1996. It was impressive, if for nothing else, to hear his famous block chord voicings in person that night !

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