Monday, May 16, 2022

The Monday Morning Paradiddle - May 2022

Welcome back to another action packed edition of the Monday Morning Paradiddle, my somewhat regular monthly jazz drumming variety column (sorry, I was too busy to get anything together last month...) Anyways, thank you to all of you who've e.mailed me and I appreciate your feedback and contributions. 

This column represents a collection of the somewhat random but significant jazz drumming-related pieces (recent and otherwise) that I find inspiring and feel the need to share with the world.

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So, and without any further ado, here is the Spring edition of the Monday Morning Paradiddle. Please enjoy!

1) Joe Zawinul: The Somewhat Long Lost Interview about Drummers and Weather Report by David Aldridge

2) Phase Dancing: The Art of Drumming in the Pat Metheny Group featuring Danny Gottlieb, Paul Wertico and Antonio Sanchez

3) An interview with Andrew Cyrille in advance of his duo performance with tenor saxophonist Billy Harper

4) Clifford Allen interviews Clifford Barbaro

5) Ken Micallef, writing for Stereophile Magazine, wrote a wonderful survey on the evolution of jazz drumming From Congo Square to Times Square: A Short History of Drums in Jazz

6) Victoria's Kelby MacNayr featured in YAM Magazine The Beat Goes on for Drummer Kelby MacNayr 

7) A short drum solo from Jeff Ballard:


8) Curtis Nowosad interviewed by Darrian Douglas for The Working Artist Project podcast:


 9) Steve Maxwell Jr. interviews Matt Wilson:


10) A fantastic duo set from Francisco Mela and George Garzone:

11) Quincy Davis continues with his always excellent Q Tips YouTube series with these formidable episodes:


...and this feature from the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company:

12) And also from Zildjian, here's John Riley with another episode from his Art of Bop Drumming series:


13) Sara Hagan Backstage interviews Paul Francis, Master cymbal craftsman:


14) Jochen Rueckert interviewed by Pablo Held:


15) Joe Farnsworth offers these two important lessons from the Greats:


16) The prolific Dr. Jazz Talks, Samo Salamon interviews these Master drummers of our time including:

Jeff Williams


Kenny Washington


Billy Drummond


Bill Stewart 


17) The Drum Candy Podcast and Thomas Wendt give us 10 Reasons to Love Roy Haynes:


18) Mind Free Drumming from Ra Kalam Bob Moses and Jabali Billy Hart:


...and more great wisdom here from Ra Kalam:


19) Marcus Gilmore and Savion Glover in a fantastic tap and drum duet:


20) Thanks to Ed Soph who shared this incredible footage of Sonny Rollins with Albert "Tootie" Heath on drums:


21) What am I listening to these days?

Freddie Hubbard "Red Clay" - Lenny White (drums)

Allison Miller & Jane Ira Bloom "Tuesday Sessions" - Allison Miller (drums)

Fela Kuti "Live!" - Tony Allen & Ginger Baker (drums)

Max Roach "Long As You're Living" - Max Roach (drums)

Kenny Wheeler "Music for Large and Small Ensembles" - Peter Erskine (drums)

Terry Gibbs "The Terry Gibbs Dream Band" - Mel Lewis (drums)

Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell "Live in Philadelphia 1978" - Edward Blackwell (drums)

Steve Hirsh "So Now - Drumset Orchestra" - Steve Hirsh (drums and cymbals)

22) And today's Final Word goes to the Copasetics, “a social, friendly benevolent club” of musical and tap dance artists dedicated to preserving the memory and spirit of Master tap dancer and entertainer Bill Bojangles Robinson:

The "Copasetics Song" written by Honi Coles and Paul Branker

When you feel blue,

the best thing to do

is tell yourself to forget it.

Laugh your cares away

Tomorrow's another day

And Everything will be Copasetic.

Never look down

Chin up and don't frown.

Don't let life get pathetic.

Life's a funny thing

It's really great when you sing,

And Everything will be Copasetic.

Greet your fellow man

With a wide open hand,

Make your neighbor's burden lighter.

A friendly hello everywhere that you go

Is bound to make your day much brighter.

When you feel sad

Pretend that you're glad

Smile and you won't regret it.

Show a happy face

To the whole human race,

And Everything will be Copasetic.

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