Bob Breithaupt is a professor of music at Capital University in Columbus, OH, one of the most recognized percussion programs in the US. He has authored print and video instructional media and presents clinics and seminars around the world. Bob has performed with jazz artists Terry Gibbs, Byron Stripling and John Pizzarelli and has held down the drum chair in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra since 1980. He won the Yamaha Legacy Award for service to percussion education in 2014 and is a past president of the Percussive Arts Society.
Billy Ward has toured or recorded with B. B. King / Robbie Robertson / The Knack / Rick Springfield / Bill Champlin / Joan Osborne / Bill Evans and Chris Whitley. He’s played on over 50 movie soundtracks, including That Thing You Do, Under Siege and Sister Act. He’s released several records as a leader and two highly acclaimed instructional videos. Billy also works as a producer and engineer in his private studio, Drum Pike, and continues to teach private students, drum clinics, and master classes. www.billyward.com
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
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.
My guest, 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.
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
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.