Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Mel Lewis!

Well, my favorite big band drummer Mel Lewis is no longer around, but his influence is undeniable.

Here's a couple to remember the great Melvin Sokoloff who was born on May 10, 1929 in Buffalo, New York to Russian immigrant parents:

And if you're interested, here's Mel Lewis from a series of radio programs talking about the history of Jazz drumming that are really worth listening to:

Thanks to John Riley and the kind folks at the Percussive Arts Society who put that one together.

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