Drummer Nation Show #59 “On the One” Guest: Lil John Roberts

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One of the most sought after Jazz and R & B Drummers of his generation, John “Lil’ John” Roberts has maintained his status in the industry as the ultimate heartbeat.
His list of credits include industry greats such as: Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Prince, Sheila E, Mary J. Blige, Janet and Michael Jackson, Elton John, Al Green, BB King, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Patti Labelle, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dog, and a host of others.
John’s television credits include Saturday Night Live, The Queen Latifah Show, and American Idol, as well as Oprah, Leno, Letterman, Ellen, Kimmel and the rest.
John works nonstop with artists such as Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Boney James, and Kirk Whalum. I caught up with him enjoying some time off at his home in Atlanta. www.liljohnroberts.com

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Drummer Nation Show #58 “The Chameleon” Guest: Harvey Mason archive edit

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Harvey Mason ranks among the most in-demand session drummers of all-time. He has worked with  Bob James, Chick Corea, the Brecker Brothers, Lee Ritenour, and countless others. He’s the drummer on Herbie Hancock’s million-seller hit “Chameleon” which he co-composed. Harvey has recorded many albums as a leader. As a producer, he introduced the world to the band Seawind. He’s is a founding member of the contemporary jazz “supergroup ƒOURPLAY, for which he writes, plays, arranges and produces. Flip across your radio dial on any given day and you’re sure to come across a gem that Harvey Mason helped polish.

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Drummer Nation Show #58: “The Chameleon” Guest: Harvey Mason

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My guest, Harvey Mason, ranks among the most in-demand session drummers of all-time. He has worked with  Bob JamesChick Corea, the Brecker BrothersLee Ritenour, and countless others. He’s the drummer on Herbie Hancock’s million-seller hit “Chameleon” which he co-composed. Harvey has recorded many albums as a leader. As a producer, he introduced the world to the band Seawind. He’s is a founding member of the contemporary jazz “supergroup”ƒOURPLAY, for which he writes, plays, arranges and produces. Flip across your radio dial on any given day and you’re sure to come across a gem that Harvey Mason helped polish. 

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Drummer Nation Show #57: “Beyond Bop Drumming” Guest: John Riley

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John Riley began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he played with the famed One O’clock Lab Band. After college he toured and recorded with Woody Herman and went on to freelance in New York with Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, and many others. He earned  Mel Lewis’ coveted chair as his successor in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, which he has played with for more than two decades. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, in Holland. John is also the author of numerous popular method books and has taught master classes around the world. www.johnriley.org   Website         Newsletter         Become a Patron

Drummer Nation Show #56 “The Singer’s Drummer”

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Best known for his work with Count Basie and Tony Bennett, in his six decades career, Harold Jones has toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. Cited by Basie as his favorite drummer, Harold recorded an amazing 15 albums with the band in just a five year period. He authored an autobiography called The Singer’s Drummer, and was inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame in 2013. He continues at age 78 to tour and record with singer Tony Bennett, and teaches workshops at colleges and universities.

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Drummer Nation Show #55 “Blur the Lines” Guest: Aldo Mazza

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My guest is Aldo Mazza. We discuss his early years at McGill University and the origins of his groundbreaking multi-sensory group Repercussion, which led to the forming of Aldos’s popular drum camp known as Kosa. Now in its 22nd year, the camp has expanded to Europe, South America, and Asia. Aldo’s outreach through drumming and percussion continues with performances and lessons as both participant and producer of major musical events. 

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Drummer Nation Show #54 “Learn Jazz, Play Anything” Guest Rich Thompson

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Rich Thompson is an Associate Professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at the Eastman School of Music and is a member of the Eastman Jazz Trio and Quartet with Harold Danko, Clay Jenkins and Jeff Campbell. He has performed withe the Count Basie Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic and many major orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. Rich has given concerts and masterclasses and concerts all over the world. He sat for this interview on a road date with the Byron Stripling quartet featuring renowned trumpeter Doc Severinsen. This is his second appearance on Drummer Nation.

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