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.
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.
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.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.michaelcarvin.com
Jim Riley is the drummer and bandleader for the multi-platinum group, Rascal Flatts. His television credits include The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, The American Music Awards, American Idol, and Dancing with the stars. Jim’s recording credits include TV and movie soundtracks for “Heaven is Real” ‘Hannah Montana and The hit show, Nashville. Jim has won numerous reader’s polls including “Best Country Drummer” “Country drummer of the Year” and Best Drum Clnician. His first book, provides a play along guide to the Nashville number system” and is now in its 4th printing. Jim’s latest book, “Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer” is an award winning current #1 best seller. In his teaching studio “The Drum Dojo,” Jim teaches the great drummers of tomorrow. http://jimrileymusic.com
Gary Hobbs is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lives in Vancouver, WA. He has played professionally for over 4 decades and appears on over 60 recordings. Gary played with The Stan Kenton Orchestra from 75 through 77. Gary has performed with Randy Brecker, Bud Shank, Anita O’Day, Terry Gibbs, The New York Voices, The Woody Herman Orchestra and many others. He’s played Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wolf Trap and the Kennedy Center, as well as festivals and clubs all over the world. Gary is very active in Jazz Education, teaching at The University Of Oregon and doing clinics, concerts and jazz camps. http://www.garyhobbs.net/