Monday, April 22, 2024

15 Years of Four on the Floor!


Well, as they say, "Time flies when you're having fun..."

I was contemplating what to write and share today and then realized that I've reached a bit of a milestone here: April 2024 represents the 15th anniversary of my blog Four on the Floor.


(no...not that Milestone(s) but you should still listen to that album anyways!)

It's hard to believe that I started this project way back in the Spring of 2009. I was still living in Toronto at the time, preparing to write my candidacy exam for my doctoral studies at the University of Toronto and also packing boxes for an upcoming move to Calgary, Alberta where I still live and work today.

I was inspired by what my friend Chad Anderson had done with his iconic web forum Cymbalholics and was also really digging the regular blog offerings by other on-line jazz citizens such as Darcy James Argue, Ethan Iverson, Ronan Guilfoyle and Peter Hum. Recognizing that I needed some kind of regular web presence to get my name out there (keep in mind that I didn't have a proper website at the time and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, social media, etc. were still non-existent and non entities in my day-to-day life...ah the good old days!) I spontaneously created a blogger account one April morning as I was drinking my espresso and contemplating ways that I could put off reading some chapters for my upcoming exam...and Four on the Floor was born!

Anyways, a lot as happened career-wise since my first blog post and I had no idea at the time that what I would share and happen to find interesting in the wide world of jazz drumming would be so well received around the world. When I share something it's because I dig it and I hope you will too!

I would like to thank Chad Anderson, John Riley and Adam Nussbaum in particular for their ongoing encouragement to keep this thing going.

Thanks to all of you out there for all your continued support, good vibes and to all of you who regularly read what I have to share.


Jon McCaslin

btw - okay here's some real jazz drumming content to check out today featuring Art Taylor with Johnny Griffin (or as Joe Farnsworth would say: "RIP!")

"The guys get shirts..." 

- Paul Anka

Well you don't have to be a guy and you certainly don't need Paul Anka's permission to celebrate the 15th anniversary of my blog in style by wearing the classic black Four on the Floor t-shirt.

The classic black Four on the Floor t-shirts are now back in stock and once again available for a limited time only!

These shirts are available in small, medium, large x-large and xxl sizes and are lightweight premium fitted 100% cotton tees. 

Logo design by Chad Anderson and quality t-shirts printed by Primal Screen (Calgary, AB)

The shirts are $30 each (+shipping)

If you are interested in purchasing one, please drop me a line asap at fouronthefloorblog@gmail.com or you can reach me through Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and I'll set you up right away.

The last few times these went pretty quickly so don't delay and order one today while supplies last!

John Riley and Adam Nussbaum wear their Four on the Floor t-shirts and so can you!

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