Monday, December 27, 2021

The Monday Morning Paradiddle - December 2021

Thanks everyone for checking in during the holiday season. Here is the final Monday Morning Paradiddle column of the year (and oh what a year it's been...) 

Stay tuned as later this week frequent guest columnist Tim Mah, host of CJSW's weekly radio program Jazz Today, will be offering his annual choices for notable Canadian jazz releases of 2021.

Thanks again for your ongoing support. 

Onwards and upwards in the year ahead 2022.

Stay safe everyone and keep your eye on the prize.

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Okay, so here we are.

Here's a list of interesting and thought provoking pieces to check out and keep you occupied and inspired over the holiday break as we head into the year ahead. Please enjoy.

1) Louis Hayes and Mareike Wiening interviewed by the Improv Exchange

2) Pete Zimmer interviewed by Discussions in Percussion

3) Antonio Sanchez featured on the prolific Drummer's Resource Podcast

4) Check out this rare and unique recording of Kenny Clarke on the album Spotlight on Percussion:

If you visit this website and click on the links you'll be able to hear some great unaccompanied recorded audio footage of Klook playing the snare drum.

5) Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle interviews Ron Carter, continuing his incredible podcast series "The Art and Science of Time":  

6) Two interviews with Jabali Billy Hart from Jake Feinberg and WPFW Radio:

7) Joe Chambers interviewed by Samo Salamon:

8) Ali Jackson Jr. recently released his wonderful instructional series through jazzmemes.org entitled Universe of Grooves:

I've purchased his new series and there is lots of great and very informative material to practice and learn from in here.

Also check out this wonderful feature from Jackson on the late Barry Harris:


9) Antonio Sanchez with his interpretation of Thelonious Monk's Evidence:


10) Quincy Davis continues with his wonderful Q-Tips educational series on YouTube. As always, these are very informative and well done. 

Check these out and learn from the best:

11) Willie Jones III percussive tribute to the late Ndugu Chancler on Something for Ndugu::

12) Berklee's Francsico Mela and vibraphonist Ed Saindon with a duet on Alone Together:

13) A couple of cool timekeeping clips from the always inspiring Allison Miller: 

14) Kevin Dorn offers some insight into the hi-hat techniques of Jo Jones and Gene Krupa:

15) Thanks to the Drum History Podcast who posted this short clip of Dave Mancini with the Maynard Ferguson big band at the Playboy Jazz Festival circa. 1982:

Dave was my teacher at the International Peace Gardens during the summer of 1993 and it was with his help and encouragement that started me on my journey to where I am today. 

Thanks Dave!

16) A great clip of vibraphonist Terry Gibbs with Barry Harris (piano), Alan Dawson (drums) and Sam Jones (bass):


17) A fun early animation from Muppets and Sesame Street creator Jim Henson featuring Chico Hamilton on solo drums:

18) Congratulations to José Mendeles on the release of his latest book A Drummers Ethos:

Purchase his wonderful new publication and his other book The Stoic Drummer through The Revival Drumshop.

19) What am I listening to these days?

Phineas Newborn Jr. "We Three" - Roy Haynes (drums)

Antonio Sanchez "Three Times Three" - Antonio Sanchez (drums)

Rich Perry "Beautiful Love" - Victor Lewis (drums)

Morgan Childs Quartet "On the Street of Dreams" - Morgan Childs (drums)

Neil Swainson "49th Parallel" - Jerry Fuller (drums)

Steve Swallow "Damaged in Transit" - Bill Stewart (drums)

Max Richter "SLEEP"

20) And today's Final Word goes to Dan Weiss with a wonderful piece of advice given to him via his teacher during a summer jazz workshop he attended at the Berklee College of Music, shared with us via one of Dan's many inspiring and informative daily shares on Instagram:

*Please note that I read this one very quickly on IG awhile ago so I am paraphrasing as best I can so the wording is not exact Lol but it's an important message on the art of discipline nevertheless...thanks Dan!*

"If you are serious about wanting to be a musician you have to:

Wake up when you don't feel like waking up.

Work when you don't feel like working.

Practice when you don't feel like practicing."

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