Category Archives: Jazz

The Royal College of Music Festival of Percussion Part 2

John Riley

So, where was I? Oh yes, John Riley. John Riley’s clinic was, for me, the highlight of the RCM’s Festivl of Percussion. It was a treat to see a talk by the guy who’s book is such an essential part of drumming education. The presentation was at core a walk through the history of the […]

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The Royal College of Music Festival of Percussion

Geoff Dugmore

This past Sunday I met up with my dad just behind the Albert Hall in Kensington and went to the RCM’s (Royal College of Music) Festival of Percussion. It was a brilliant day out with an amazingly broad range of percussion-related performances and activities. The styles on offer included rock and jazz drum kit, Western […]

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What I’m Listening To This Week

I have been getting back into jazz lately. I went through a period of only listening to Jazz, mostly bebop. Once I heard Dizzy Gillespie, the rock ‘n’ roll I loved seemed flat and simple. From my late teens until my mid twenties I listened only to jazz. Actually, jazz and some classical music of […]

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Check Out This Fantastic Talk By Brush Master Clayton Cameron

Say no more!

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The Wonderful Mike Clark with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters

Wowie zowie! Check out this wonderful performance from back in the 70’s when music was still good (!) and hair was a serious business. Mike Clark’s drumming is just beautiful. Listen to how he’s locked in with Paul Jackson, the bassist. It’s wild, free and busy as hell yet remains tasteful and economical, no notes […]

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The Fundamentals Of Jazz Part 01

The lovely Andrew Hare of the Melodic Drummer blog demonstrates the Jazz ride cymbal beat with the help of Art Blakey.

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Master Drummer Ari Hoenig on Making Mistakes

Here is a splendid video from Ari Hoenig on how to make mistakes. Or, in fact, how mistakes aren’t. Or how mistakes art. One lesson is that, whatever the circumstances, make sure you have plenty of sticks around.

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