Brilliant Corners: Kenny Clarke
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by Jon McCaslin
1w ago
Thanks to Pittsburgh's Thomas Wendt for sharing this wonderful and well researched three-part web series on the musical legacy of Kenny Clarke:  ..read more
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Brian Blade!
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by Jon McCaslin
2w ago
Last April 2022 Brian Blade performed at Koerner Hall in Toronto with Joshua Redman's Mood Swings band featuring Gerald Clayton on piano (filling in for Brad Mehldau) and Christian McBride on bass. Former Toronto and now St. John's, Newfoundland resident and drummer Mark Micklethwaite was in attendance and offered a very thoughtful and articulate post-concert summary via Facebook. He was also kind enough to allow me to share his thoughts here below. Observations of Brian Blade by Mark Micklethwaite (April 2022) 1. Play for the Room. Brian can play at every volume, from a whisp ..read more
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Happy Birthday Max Roach!
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by Jon McCaslin
2w ago
And....we're back. And there's not a better way to start off with my first blog post of the year 2023 than to wish a very happy 99th birthday to Maxwell Lemuel Roach who was born on this day January 10th, 1924. Here's a few recent favourite clips to celebrate Max's artistry including: ...a solo with mallets:   ...and some solo drum audio recordings circa. 1996:      This particular concert footage filmed at the Newport Jazz Festival circa. 1992 is very dear to me as it was one of my very first introductions to Max Roach and his music:   And finally, here's some d ..read more
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Jazz Drumming Workshop - January 14th
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by Jon McCaslin
1M ago
My monthly jazz drumming workshop series continues in 2023 with the next session happening on Saturday, January 14th. These regular workshops and group sessions are occurring monthly and address such topics as time keeping, ride cymbal techniques, comping, independence & coordination, snare drum rudiments, brush playing, soloing, jazz drumming history and more! Jazz Drumming Workshops with Jon McCaslin Saturday, January 14th 1-3pm Theatre 1308 1308 Edmonton Trail NE $40 per session Space is limited! Please pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-drumming-workshop-t ..read more
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Tim Mah's Recommended Canadian Jazz Albums of 2022
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by Jon McCaslin
1M ago
Frequent Four on the Floor correspondent Tim Mah returns once again, offering his extensive yearly list of recommended music released by Canadian jazz artists over the course of the past year 2022. As you will see, read and hear below, there continues to be lots of great music coming out of Canada these days. Tim's weekly radio program Jazz Today can be heard on CJSW Radio 90.9 fm (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on Thursday mornings from 530-7am MST. It is also streamed on the CJSW website and available through Apple Podcasts. Tim Mah's Recommended Canadian Jazz Albums of 2 ..read more
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The Monday Morning Paradiddle - December 2022
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by Jon McCaslin
1M ago
Well, here we are! Yet another year of music, drumming and blogging has gone by and now here before you is the December 2022 edition of the Monday Morning Paradiddle, my almost monthly jazz drumming variety column. Hope you dig it. I'll be taking a break over the holidays and will be back at some point in the New Year. In the meantime, enjoy a nice holiday break and check out all the cool stuff below. There's always something new to watch, listen and learn from. However, CJSW's Tim Mah will also be back next week for one more guest blogpost of the year, with his compilation of Recommende ..read more
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Eddie Gladden at the Drums
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by Jon McCaslin
1M ago
A couple fantastic clips of the great Eddie Gladden today, both with Horace Silver in Umbria circa. 1976 and with Dexter Gordon at the North Sea Jazz Festival circa. 1979. Gladden isn't a drummer that's often mentioned (I learned about him via Ralph Peterson Jr. who sang his praises) but one can sure appreciate the level of intensity he played with from the excerpts compiled below (more complete footage of both these two concerts can be found on the YouTube!) Check them out: Hey I've only got a handful of the classic black Four on the Floor t-shirts left in stock! These fine shirts ..read more
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Bobby Hutcherson Harold Land Quintet Denmark 1971
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by Jon McCaslin
2M ago
Some more amazing footage of the Bobby Hutcherson Harold Land Quintet from Denmark circa. 1971 with the great (and, in my humble opinion, underrated) Joe Chambers on drums: This was a GREAT band that, for some reason, doesn't get talked about often. Dig that cymbal beat ..read more
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Jazz Drumming Workshop - December 17th
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by Jon McCaslin
2M ago
My monthly jazz drumming workshop series continues on Saturday, December 17th. These regular workshops and group sessions are occurring monthly and address such topics as time keeping, ride cymbal techniques, comping, independence & coordination, snare drum rudiments, brush playing, soloing, jazz drumming history and more! Jazz Drumming Workshop with Jon McCaslin Saturday, December 17th 1-3pm Theatre 1308 1308 Edmonton Trail NE $40 per session Space is limited! Please pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-drumming-workshop-tickets-477005425067 For more informati ..read more
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Billy Higgins - Firm Roots
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by Jon McCaslin
2M ago
Big thanks to Bret Primack aka The Jazz Video Guy for sharing this inspiring footage of the great Billy Higgins with Cedar Walton's quartet (along with David Williams on bass and Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone), featured here on Walton's classic composition Firm Roots, filmed at the Umbria Jazz Festival circa. 1997 ..read more
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