Sunday, November 3, 2019

Fred Astaire on Drums

Sorry that I'm mainly just embedding videos these days but I promise there's more new content coming soon. This is really cool though. I got hipped to this via social media, Here's footage of the great dancer/actor/singer Fred Astaire playing the drums in his bedroom during an interview.

And thus the connection between dancing and drumming is further proven. If you ever see any footage of Mr. Astaire tap dancing, you'll realize how great his time was. Also, is this where Tony Williams picked up the 4 on the hi-hat thing? :)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Check out my costume…….

                                                                   I'm a drum head!                                                                              
Okay. Terrible jokes aside, I stumbled onto this DeJohnette interview. Wow! I love how he views piano and drums as completely related. Or drums and tap dance. Or drums and life! Such a intelligent  and creative person. Great advice at the end.  So much to learn….

Monday, October 21, 2019

John Tank quintet

Hey everyone,
Here's a concert from awhile back with John Tank's quintet at the Registry Theatre. Sorry that some of the audio is out of sync with the images. ( Why oh why in this day and age does this still happen? )

The video is an hour and a half long so, unless you're my Mom, i don't expect you to watch the whole thing! :)

Happy trails......

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

3/4 Brush flams

Hey all, here's a brush pattern in 3/4 using my "brush flams" concept where one brush runs over the other. Here's the notation.....

 Can't make heads or tails out of it? Good! Me neither! It's probably best to just look at the video......

Couple of things, please ignore my messy coffee table and Max the curious puppy. Also, for the brush flam on beat 2 I find it easier for the left brush to run over the right, but that may not be the case for everyone. Okay, Have fun! 

Friday, October 11, 2019


What is this, looking like the proverbial dog's breakfast? Just some stuff i was working on the other day. Let me try and explain. In the top left corner is a 12/8 beat written out between the hands and the RH plays the bell pattern and the LH fills in the rest of the triplets. The rest of the page are possible BD/HH patterns to play with it. On the top right side of the page is an unrelated idea of playing the last 3 16ths of every beat with LH on open snare then the next 2 strokes w/ RH playing a stick shot. ( RH on left stick ) with a salsa BD pattern and a 3 16th note HH pattern.
I KNOW this is super hard to read, but that's good for us to do sometimes.
I'll leave the final word on this to BartholeMEW MURRay Warren. Bart, what do you think?

Scraps? More like CRAPS! Now, don't bother me! I was napping!!!!

Well, there you have it. Everyone's a critic! Until next time......

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Sonny Rollins Trio Goodness

What can you say about Sonny in his prime, especially in a trio format? Here he is at his most ferocious, throw-down, stream of consciousness best, aided beautifully by Gilbert Rovere on Bass and the incomparable Art Taylor on drums! Fantastic!

Paris November 5 1965 from Saxology on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

CD BLOWOUT! Er,....what's a CD?

Hey folks,
I know, I know, modern laptops don't have a CD port, vinyl is supposedly coming back, and nobody wants to pay for music anymore! despite all this, I am offering 2 recordings I have played on for sale Ted's Warren Commission's " The Great Regina Pizza Debate" and "Two of Clubs' by Broadview.

They can be obtained directly online through  CD Baby or you can buy them from me. if you order them from me, you pay whatever you want to! ( Within reason ). The within reason part is you have to pay at least enough to pay shipping if I'm sending it to you. Otherwise, if you see me at a gig and you offer me $2, I'll take it. If you offer me $10,000 , I'll take it. It's just that I feel these are good recordings and I don't want to be eventually buried with them! :) Good talk!

P.S. Please direct all inquiries about purchasing CDs from me to Thanks.