Monday, November 7, 2011

The Monday Morning Paradiddle

Another busy week ahead for myself and other Jazz fans here in Calgary as Francois Bourassa, Frank Lozano, Pierre Tanguay and Michael Donato present a Bill Evans tribute on Monday evening as part of the University of Calgary's Monday Night Jazz Series at the Beatniq, Herbie Hancock takes the stage with the Calgary Philharmonic on Wednesday while Ernesto Cervini's group featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm and bassist/cellist Andrew Downing's music for silent film project both appear at the Beatniq and Cantos respectively, both on Thursday evening. Chicago drummer Dana Hall is also in town this week giving some workshops at Mount Royal University so there is definitely lots of great Jazz music to check out that I'm all looking forward to. If these don't all add up to a healthy local Jazz scene, I'm not sure what does...

A few things making the rounds here at Four on The Floor world headquarters these days:

- Courtesy of Adam Nussbaum, here's a nice segment featuring Jo Jones and Gene Krupa from the documentary "Born to Swing":

Check out the height of Jones' brushes in the last portion of that clip. Damn!

- Also, another one courtesy of Adam, here's a 1972 WKCR radio interview with Elvin Jones worth listening to:

Hear the master speak!

- Drummer and educator John Riley appears on the new Modern Drummer Festival DVD, soon to be released. Here's a trailer featuring some of John's workshop:

From a previous PASIC clinic, here's an example of John's fine teaching (in case you weren't already aware!):

- Thanks to Peter Hum over at who also brought to my attention that John Riley will be giving a virtual masterclass through the National Art Centre in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 8th from 12-2pm EST.

This masterclass will be live-streamed here:

John is a great teacher and educator so make sure to tune in and check it out!

- Here's some nice up close footage of swinger Willie Jones III in action:

- Courtesy of Ted Warren over his blog Trap'd, here's Seattle based drummer Steve Korn explaining a very clever rudiment:

If you break it down, it's sort of like an extended version of a Swiss Army Triplet. I'm going to spend some time messing around with this one. The way Steve plays it in that clip, it has a very Tony-ish vibe about it...

Have a great week everybody!

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