Drummer Nation Show #40 “There’s a Global Rhythm In Us All ” Guest Pete Lockett


Having immersed himself in percussion from every part of the globe, Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile multi-percussionists in the world. He has worked with: Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck, Björk, and Robert Plant, as well as alongside great drummers like Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, and Evelyn Glennie,to name just a few. He works globally in styles covering pop and rock, free jazz, the classical avant-guard, traditional Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music, and Japanese Taiko drumming. He has also worked extensively in the film industry, arranging and recording all the ethnic percussion for recent Hollywood hits, The Incredible Hulk 2, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, and Die Another Day. Pete’s compositions continue to be featured on TV shows including; The Osbournes, Anthony Bourdain, and America’s Got Talent. Pete has also released two books on drum techniques.


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Drummer Nation Show #41 “Its Gotta Rock and Swing” Slim Jim Phantom


Slim Jim Phantom grew up listening to his parent’s jazz records and started playing drums at the age of 10. By the late 1970s he was playing in bands with his school friend and bassist Lee Rocker. They soon joined forces with guitarist Brian Setzer to form the band “Stray Cats.” The band spearheaded a rockabilly revival by blending the 1950s Sun Studio sound with modern punk musical elements. Jim often performed standing up, using only a bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat and a crash cymbal, rather than a full drum kit. Their high energy shows shows brought an updated heavier sound to traditional Rockabilly music. Their hit, “Rock This Town” is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 most important songs in the history of rock and roll music. Jim is also an active member of the Love Hope Strength Foundation, a charitable organization which raises funds for cancer units. Find out what he’s up to now, on Drummer Nation. This episode is audio only.


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Drummer Nation show #39 “The Time is Built into the Melody” Akira T


My guest today is the great jazz drummer, Akira Tana. Raised in California and Harvard educated, Akira co-led a quintet with the bassist Rufus Reid, releasing five albums as the band known as TanaReid. He’s also worked with jazz luminaries Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Zims, Milt Jackson, and many others. We talk about his early days, new releases as a leader, and present work as an educator.


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Drummer Nation Show #37 “The Mission” Todd Sucherman

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My guest is Todd Sucherman. Early in his career, Todd was a 1st call studio ace, but is now best know for his work with the band Styx, where he has held down the drum chair for some 21 years and counting. The band has a new album, “The Mission,”which is getting rave reviews. As an educator, Todd is an in demand clinician and his award winning DVDs and companion books, “Methods and Mechanics,” remain best sellers. I touch on all of that and ask about his personal playing style.


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Drummer Nation Show #36 “We’re the Conductors of the Band” Paul Wertico

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My guest is Paul Wertico. Paul worked with the popular Pat Metheny group from 1983-2001. His recordings with that band garnered no fewer than 7 Grammys. He is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University in Chicago, and he also headed the school’s Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies program for five years. He continues to tour and record as a band leader. He has a new instructional book, “Turn the Beat Around, ” available from Alfred publishing.

Drummer Nation Show #35 “The Holy Grail” Colin Schofield

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If you love cymbals, this is the DN edition for you. Veteran cymbal industry insider, Colin Schofield discusses his two decades plus role at Zildjian and his recent involvement in bringing a Tony Williams tribute set of cymbals to market with the Istanbul Mehmet company. Lots of great history, inside information and pictures from Colin’s personal archive.

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