Monday, June 10, 2013

The Monday Morning Paradiddle

I hope you all had a nice weekend wherever you are. Here's a few things cooking around the Four on the Floor offices these days:

- Check out this incredible recording of Philly Joe Jones giving a clinic at Rutgers University:

This one has been making the rounds for awhile now but thank you to Chicago's Ted Sirota for posting this on-line.

- A great deal has been written about the late, great Mulgrew Miller since his recent passing. Jazz writer Ted Panken was nice enough to pull out several articles and interviews from his archives worth checking out:

- Courtesy of here's an interview with Berklee jazz drumming professor Yoron Israel:

- I recently returned from Ireland with a box set of some very happening music from Jackie McLean. Here's a great documentary on Jackie and his music entitled "Jackie McLean on Mars":

- I've really been digging the Charles Lloyd album "Sangam" that features Lloyd with the team of rhythm masters Eric Harland and Zakir Hussain. Here's a concert in its entirety to check out!

- Drummer Steve Fidyk writes regular columns for Modern Drummer and posts accompanying videos demonstrating his exercises. Here's an interesting one worth pondering in which he discusses how to apply clave rhythms and phrasing in the context of Jazz timekeeping:

- What am I listening to these days?

Duke Ellington "Money Jungle" - Max Roach (drums)

Terri Lyne Carrington "Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue" - Terri Lyne Carrington (drums)

John Coltrane "Live at the Village Vanguard" - Elvin Jones (drums)

John Coltrane "Africa Brass" - Elvin Jones (drums)

Barry Elmes "Red Shift" - Barry Elmes (drums)

Cannonball Adderley "Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley" - Louis Hayes (drums)

- When the masters speak, we listen! Here's Victor Lewis recollecting on the legacy of a couple of important Jazz drummers:

- I have an exciting gig coming up this Thursday in Calgary with a pretty decent group of musicians. We'll be playing a mix of my original tunes and some of my favourite standards. Please come on by and say hello.

The Jon McCaslin Quartet Plays the Kawa Espresso Bar

Thursday, June 13 8:30pm

Kawa Espresso Bar
1333 8th Street SW
Calgary, AB


Jon McCaslin - Drums
Mark DeJong - Alto Saxophone
Carsten Rubeling - Trombone
Steve Shepard - Bass

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