Kent Aberle is a prime example of hard work and hustle paying massive dividends in the music world. Growing up in rural Illinois, Kent started drumming at a very young age and was forming bands by his teens. He completely immersed himself in the local music scene and became THE in-demand drummer. He soon decided to relocate to Atlanta to explore bigger opportunities in a larger city. He quickly became a highly successful instructor and opened his own drum shop while gigging full time. As luck would have it, a visitor to his shop asked him if he wanted to audition for a country gig. As always, Kent was all in. That gig turned out to be Kristian Bush of Sugarland fame. Kent has toured the world with Kristian as well as massive tours with The On Fires and many others. Kent is the epitome of hard work and dedication to drumming. He is also a wonderful human. Don't miss this highly educational and insightful interview.
John DeChristopher is a wealth of drum related knowledge and stories. After growing up in Massachusetts, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry. After working for Simmons for several years he became the first artist relations representative for an upstart custom drum company, Drum Workshop. He relocated back to Boston during this time and in 1989 he was asked to meet with the Zildjian family for an interview. John served as the artist relations rep for Zildjian for almost 25 years before retiring in 2014. Since that time, he has been managing the careers of Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Rick Marotta, and Danny Seraphine. On episode 080, John shares his history and a ton of great stories in this excellent interview.
Samuel Torres moved to the United States from his native Columbia in 1999 and has been an in-demand percussionist since that time. His touring and recording credits include Arturo Sandoval, Shakira, Paquito D'Rivera, Tito Puente, Ricky Martin, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Chic Corea. On Episode 079, Samuel discusses his early years as a percussionist, his education, making the move to the United States, and his stellar new album, Alegria. His beautiful approach to traditional Afro-Latin percussion shines through in this highly educational interview.
Israeli-born drummer, Dor Herskovits is creating some of the finest Jazz music available today. His terrific drumming can be heard on his newest release under his name, Flying Elephants and on Earprint's new release Easy Listening. Both albums showcase both his incredibly musical drumming and superb composition skills. On episode 078, Dor joins Jamie for an in-depth review of both records as well as revisiting Dor's early days of drumming. Dor also talks about his education at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music and how that changed his perspective on his chosen instrument. Be sure to check out both of these outstanding albums and enjoy this insightful interview with one of Jazz music's brightest young stars.
Josh Feldstein has been drumming since age 11. He has always been a jazzer...He formed the Verve Jazz Ensemble in 2006 and since that time, the group has released six studio albums. Five of those releases have charted in the top 10 of JazzWeek, their 2018 effort, Connect The Dots, hit number 1, and the current album, Night Mode, has been in the top 10 for the past five straight weeks. This is a group that is taking care of business. On episode 077, Josh and Jamie discuss his start as a musician, the formation of the group, their composition and recording process, and talk about Josh's stellar abilities as a drummer and bandleader. Josh shares some fantastic insight and great stories in this must-hear interview.
Dony Wynn remembers so vividly the day he fell in love with music and wanted to become a drummer. He started playing at a very early age and became a pro as an early teen. Using a fake mustache to play in the bars, he was a well-seasoned drummer by the time he moved to Los Angeles. On episode 076, Dony talks about his early years, joining the great Robert Palmer's band for 20 plus years, touring with Brooks and Dunn, and playing with Robert Plant. His career in music has been incredible, yet he is on to a new chapter as a world-class photographer. Dony has a zest for life that is unparalleled. Everyone is sure to gain inspiration by hearing this interview.
Rodney Edmonson started drumming early. He was playing gigs by his early teens in his native Virginia. His first thought was to become a music teacher or band director until he came to the realization that he'd rather play than teach after his first year of college. He soon found himself relocating to Nashville where he began his journey trying to make a living as a drummer. On episode 075, Rodney and Jamie discuss his early years, making the move to Nashville, playing the Grand Old Opry dozens of times with The Whites, and landing his current gig 27 years ago. Rodney has toured and recorded with Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap since 1992 playing Ronnie's legendary catalog of music. Rodney offers some great advice on what it takes to break into the Nashville scene by relaying his experience and knowledge. His playing has been heard by millions around the world and Rodney is a living testament to good guys winning in the music business.
Hot Tuna, NRBQ, Rusted Root, and Bill Frisell are all a part of Harvey Sorgen's discography. It that weren't enough, he has just released the superb, New Origin, with his own trio. On episode 074, Harvey joins Jamie for a career-spanning interview that covers a lot of ground. Harvey shares some insights into the master classes that he teaches, his approach to improvisation, and how to make musical expression that is free of self-imposed confines. He also shares an enormous amount of knowledge on individualism in any artistic approach and how his new release celebrates that individualism in a trio setting. This is an interview that every creative-type on Earth should hear.