Matt Slocum is one of the great Jazz drummers in the US right now. His terrific new release, Sanctuary, highlights his abilities as a drummer and composer within this record's trio setting. On episode 070, Jamie catches up with Matt to discuss his beginnings as a drummer in Wisconsin, his move to Los Angeles to study at USC's Thornton School of Music, then his move to New York where he has been an in-demand drummer for the past several years. In this interview, Matt shares lots of great experiences, advice, and insight into his career and the new release. He is not only a wealth of musical and drumming knowledge, but he is an open book about the new release and his career. This is an episode of The Drum Shuffle that everyone will certainly want to hear.
Jerry Pentecost is a Nashville native that seems to be everywhere in the Americana world these days. "I try to be a virus in the best way possible," as Jerry puts it. Some recent accolades for Jerry include a feature in Modern Drummer, being nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association, and serving as the house drummer for the AMA's awards and honors show for the past two years. On episode 069, Jerry and Jamie discuss his beginnings as a young drummer, how he has built a massive network of opportunities, his time as musical director for Amanda Shires, to his current gig with Brent Cobb. Jerry is making some serious waves in the world of drumming and is simply amazing as a human being. This is a fantastic episode for all music-lovers.
Mark Walker is an amazing drummer with amazing stories to share. After growing up in Chicago, Mark spent a decade in New York playing with the likes of Paquito D'Rivera, Ralph Towner, Michel Camilo, and Lyle Mays. Making his home in Boston for the past 13 years, he is a first-call drummer to the greatest names in Jazz. On episode 068, Mark and Jamie discuss his new album, You Get What You Give, his approach to composing the album, putting together the band, and what it takes to make it in the modern world of recording. Mark is simply a wonderful drummer having won a Grammy and claiming a top 5 award from Modern Drummer this year. This is a terrific interview with one of the Jazz world's great drummers.
Logan Todd is a young up-and-coming drummer originally from Memphis, TN. After moving to Nashville to attend Belmont University, he stayed in the Music City to start his career. Logan is currently touring with the Jason Lee McKinney Band, doing session work, and producing other artists' projects. On episode 067, Logan joins Jamie in The Drum Shuffle studio to talk about his career, the state of being a working drummer today, and a nice discussion on turn-of-the-century Irish dry masonry fences. You'll just have to listen to understand how much fun Jamie and Logan had during this interview. Logan is bound for greatness in the drumming community and everyone should get to know more about him. Here is your chance to meet one of drumming's most promising young players.
Shawn Pelton hardly needs an introduction in the drumming community. Having recording credits as diverse as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Van Morrison, and Pavarotti, it goes without saying that he is an in-demand session drummer with nearly unmatched versatility. Shawn may be best-known as the drummer on Saturday Night Live since 1992; however, that is only a small part of his drumming career. On episode 066, Shawn and Jamie discuss his early years in Kansas, his college years at Indiana University, and his move to New York where his career went into overdrive and hasn't slowed since. They also discuss many of the incredible gigs that Shawn has played including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony among many, many others. Shawn is one of the coolest cats in the music business and seems to be everywhere all the time. He is simply groove personified and offers a ton of great information in one of his rare interviews.
Rob Mount started drumming at an early age in his hometown of Rochester, New York. When he reached early adulthood, he set out to be a professional musician. After a couple of early trials in the music business, his story almost had a different outcome. After those letdowns, he took a break from drumming and the music business, but he remained prepared for opportunities that would surely come his way. And, they certainly did. After doing a couple of pick up gigs for Rochester's hometown hero, Lou Gramm, it wasn't long before Lou asked Rob to join his band full-time. On episode 065, Rob joins Jamie to discuss how he got his start, the times that he was down but not out, and how staying ready paid off for him with a once-in-a-lifetime gig. Rob is one of the most down-to-earth "real" guys in the music business that is eager to help other drummers. Be sure to listen to this great interview to hear Rob's awesome story.
Innovative. This word is heard and read constantly in the drum industry. A lot of the time, it is marketing hype. Josh Allen founded Independent Drum Lab in 2015 and got down to innovating. Inde Drums have a ton of hype within the drumming world, and it is not just marketing. Josh is a brilliant product designer, but he is a drummer first. On episode 064, Josh sits down with Jamie to discuss how Inde was founded, the guiding principles of the company, and he explains some of the great innovations that Inde has brought to the market. Josh has tons of experience designing products for some major drum brands and he is now at the helm of his own company, innovating. Be sure to catch this outstanding episode about a fast-rising company in the drumming world.
Peter Kogan has played in the Orchestras of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, and currently, Minnesota. With that much orchestral and classical experience you wouldn't immediately expect a new album of exceptional jazz songs. However that is exactly what Peter has just released on The Green Album. He has assembled a tremendous group of musicians, The Monsterful Wonderband, for his self-led new release. On episode 063, Peter and Jamie discuss his early years of drumming, which includes gigs with Bo Diddley, Lightning Hopkins, and The Drifters, his travels around the world playing in various orchestras, and how The Green Album came to be. Peter is an absolute wealth of knowledge in the drumming and percussion worlds and he shares much of that knowledge in this great interview.