Ever wonder what it takes to sign an artist endorsement contract with a major gear company? What are they looking for? Do you qualify? What are your responsibilities if you do? Do you get free gear? Can you design your own instruments? Do you get paid too? My guest is Chris Stankee, artist relations manger for Sabian Cymbals. We’ll cover all this and more in an edition of Drummer Nation you don’t want to miss.
David Garibaldi emerged onto the scene in the early 1970’s by fueling the classic recordings of the group Tower of Power with his innovative and now iconic funk vocabulary. His formal mentors were Chuck Brown and Murray Spivak but David absorbed much from the rhythms of the Oakland, CA music scene as well as the drumming of Zigaboo Modeliste and Bernard Purdie. His style is intricate and demanding, continually pushing the envelope of rhythmic possibilities, but always deeply infused with funk, groove, and musicality. In January of 2017, David was severely injured in a train accident, placing his career in jeopardy. After a lengthy rehabilitation, he is once again touring with Tower of Power, back in driver’s seat of the legendary band he helped to create.
(Part 2 of 2)Drummer Joe Corsello was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Joe studied at Berklee under drum legend Alan Dawson and later, with Joe Hunt. As the house drummer for Michael’s Pub in New York, Joe backed jazz greats Red Norvo, Hank Jones, Zoot Simms, and pianist, Marian McPartland, and toured with Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee. Joe is a co-founder of the jazz/rock band, New York Mary. The band recorded two successful records and toured with the B52′s, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder and Tony Williams Lifetime band. Joe currently travels with saxophonist Sonny Rollins and can be heard on recordings with Rollins, Marian McPartland, Benny Goodman, Mike Mainari, and the list goes on…………www.joecorsello.com
Jim Payne has a long career as a drummer, educator, producer, and collaborator with the best musicians in jazz and funk. Jim has performed with Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. His performance venues have included the Montreux, North Sea and Paris Jazz Festivals. An established teacher in New York City, Jim taught at Drummers Collective, Drummers World, Modern Drum Shop, and the Manhattan School of Music. Jim is the author of eight instructional and biographical books/DVD. Currently, he is a member of the online faculty at Berklee College of Music. He now lives in Monterey, California, where he concentrates on teaching and performing. Jim has a new online teaching course in which he works directly with his students from all over the world. www.funkydrummer.com
Erik Hargrove gained an international reputation during the 7 years he spent performing all over the world with the great James Brown. On that gig Erik shared the stage with Michael Jackson, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, and many more. With the death of James Brown, Erik toured with fellow Brown alumni, bassist Bootsy Collins. After a stint drumming with the Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey circus, Erik now makes his home in Singapore where he lives and works with notable artists.
Joe LaBarbera hails from a musical family. His siblings Pat and John are also mainstays on the jazz scene. Joe He was formally educated at the Berklee College of Music where he was noticed by Chuck Mangione and Woody Herman. His subsequent move to NewYork led to work with established jazz headliners Jim Hall, Phil Woods, and Gary Burton. In 1978 Joe joined the great Bill Evans trio and remained until Evan’s death. He now lives in L.A. where he has been teaching at Cal-Arts since 1993. Joe is on the faculty of the long-standing Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Council in Washington, D.C., and has been a guest at many other colleges as both performer and lecturer.