A Practical Approach to Rudimental Drumming - Carmen Intorre Jr.
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by Jon McCaslin
1w ago
Carmen Intorre Jr. recently released his new book A Practical Approach to Rudimental Drumming. I recently purchased a copy soon after its release and have been working through it lately. Carmen has compiled a wonderful collection of exercises to practice that will undoubtedly improve your technique and musical approach to the snare drum if you take the time. I believe that learning the fundamentals of rudimental drumming is an essential part of any drummer and percussionists training and that this book compliments and adds to the important body of rudimental publication ..read more
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Antonio Sanchez!
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by Jon McCaslin
2w ago
A fantastic piece of percussive and rhythmic storytelling from Antonio Sanchez today, playing his Yamaha drums ..read more
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Kendrick Scott!
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by Jon McCaslin
1M ago
A quick post today featuring Kendrick Scott playing his Yamaha drums with some very inspired, creative and musical solo drumming: (thanks to Craig VanDerSchaegen aka The Practicing Drummer for sharing this one via Instagram last week ..read more
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The Monday Morning Paradiddle - January 2024
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by Jon McCaslin
2M ago
And...we're back. Thanks for checking in over the holidays and I'd thought start off the year 2024 with a percussive blog post bang. So please enjoy the January 2024 edition of The Monday Morning Paradiddle, my more-or-less monthly jazz drumming variety column.  Hey, I'm going to be in New Orleans this week, attending the Jazz Education Network's annual JEN Conference. It's my first time attending this conference and this will also my first time in the Crescent City. So if you are also going to be there please drop me a line and I'd be delighted to connect. Check my social media ..read more
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Tim Mah's Recommended Canadian Jazz Albums of 2023
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by Jon McCaslin
2M ago
Frequent Four on the Floor correspondent Tim Mah returns once again, offering his generous and extensive yearly list of music released by Canadian jazz artists over the course of the past year 2023. As you will see, read, watch 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 and Google podcasts and the CJSW mobile streaming app. Tim ..read more
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Gregory Hutchinson!
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by Jon McCaslin
2M ago
Hey everyone! The great Gregory Hutchinson is giving an on-line masterclass via Zoom on Saturday, December 23rd and you all need to check this out. I've followed his Instagram account for some time now, attended several of his Zoom masterclasses in the past and also checked out his excellent courses on Open Studio. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the greats, no matter where you are in the world. Here's the details: Zoom Masterclass with Gregory Hutchinson DECEMBER 23, 2023 at 12 noon (EST) - 5 pm (UTC) - 6 pm (UTC +1/Italy) Two tiers: full level parti ..read more
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Tony Williams Drum Gear & Cymbals: A Drum History Podcast
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by Jon McCaslin
3M ago
Check out this fantastic four-part series on Tony Williams' drums and cymbals featuring Paul Wells and Scott Garrison, hosted by Bart van der Zee, the host and curator of the ongoing and excellent Drum History Podcast series. There is a lot of great information and insight into Tony Williams to be found here. Paul Wells is a great drummer and has a tremendous knowledge of the history of jazz drumming. Scott Garrison was Tony Williams' drum tech from 1994 until Williams' passing in 1997! Bart has consistently been putting out great content through his podcast so make sure to check that ..read more
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Quincy Speaks!
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by Jon McCaslin
3M ago
Some timely motivation from Quincy Davis: I regularly post and share Quincy's videos and ongoing YouTube series Q-Tips, usually in my monthly Monday Morning Paradiddle jazz variety columns. In my opinion, his lessons and explanations are some of the best out there: https://www.youtube.com/@drumqtips So check these out, learn something, use the two videos above as some motivation/inspiration and get to work! Thank you Quincy ..read more
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Mareike Wiening - Reveal
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by Jon McCaslin
3M ago
  Mareika Wiening is one of my favourite jazz drummers and composers these days. Her original music is compelling and is played by a great band, the core of which she's managed to keep together over the course of several albums now. And she is also a dynamic drummer whose original style is rooted in the tradition while also progressive and original that matches her compositional concept perfectly. Mareike is a busy person and she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about her new music below. Photo ©Wolf Peter Steinheißer Mare ..read more
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Jeff "Tain" Watts & George Garzone!
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by Jon McCaslin
3M ago
From a recent hit at Bar Bayeux in New York City, here's the full saxophone/drums duet of George Garzone and Jeff "Tain" Watts ..read more
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