All posts by Michael Vosbein

I have been playing and teaching drums for more than forty years. I ran a cymbal company for eleven years. Now, In addition to drumming, I am a music industry writer, marketing consultant, and I also work in video production. I also produce a bi-weekly podcast called Drummer Nation, for drummers of all types. I consider myself very fortunate to be doing what I love to do.

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

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

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.   Website         Newsletter         Become a Patron

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

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

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

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.

Drummer Nation Show #53, “Drumm Business” Guest: Rick Drumm

My guest is industry veteran Rick Drumm. After his beginnings as a performer, Rick joined Remo in 1982 as a customer service rep and was soon promoted to Sales and Marketing Director. In 1993, Rick was hired as the CEO of MIDCO International, a large musical instrument distribution company.
After 3 years at MIDCO, he was hired by Vic Firth to serve as President. In 2006 – 2013, he served as President of D’Addario, where he worked to significantly reduce industry threats of counterfeit musical accessories. In 2013, he founded Traction® Business Coaching to help businesses achieve their goals.
Through it all, Rick has continued to play the drums.

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Drummer Nation Show #52, “I’ll Introduce You to Yourself.” Guest: Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin’s musical training began at age six with his father, one of the top drummers in Houston. By the age of twelve, Carvin began playing professionally and won what would be the first of five consecutive Texas rudimental championships.

Joining Freddie Hubbard’s band in 1973, Michael moved to New York where he quickly gained a reputation as one of the most formidable drummers on the jazz scene while working with Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, Hampton Hawes, and singers Ruth Brown and Johnny Hartman.

Michael has established himself as one of the world’s most respected drum teachers and clinicians. The alumni of the Michael Carvin School of Drumming in New York are among the elite drummers in music today.

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