Drummer Nation

Drummers Talking Drums. Video shows from music industry veteran Michael Vosbein for drummers of all types.

October 18th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #38 “Learning Jazz on My Own” Roy McCurdy

Eternally young jazz veteran Roy McCurdy... Bud, Oscar, Cannonball, Sonny, Ella, Sarah... to name a few. Still hittin' and teaching at USC.


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October 10th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #37 “The Mission” Todd Sucherman

My guest is Todd Sucherman. Early in his career, Todd was a 1st call studio ace, but is now best know for his work with the band Styx, where he has held down the drum chair for some 21 years and counting. The band has a new album, "The Mission,"which is getting rave reviews. As an educator, Todd is an in demand clinician and his award winning DVDs and companion books, "Methods and Mechanics," remain best sellers. I touch on all of that and ask about his personal playing style.


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October 7th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #36 “We’re the Conductors of the Band” Paul Wertico

My guest is Paul Wertico. Paul worked with the popular Pat Metheny group from 1983-2001. His recordings with that band garnered no fewer than 7 Grammys. He is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University in Chicago, and he also headed the school’s Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies program for five years. He continues to tour and record as a band leader. He has a new instructional book, "Turn the Beat Around, " available from Alfred publishing.
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September 21st, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #35 “The Holy Grail” Colin Schofield

If you love cymbals, this is the DN edition for you. Veteran cymbal industry insider, Colin Schofield discusses his two decades role at Zildjian and his recent involvement in bringing a Tony Williams tribute set of cymbals to market with the Istanbul Mehmet company. Lots of great history, inside information and pictures from Colin's personal archive. 

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September 4th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #34 “Right Stick. Right Sound.” Chris Bennett

Bopworks Drumsticks founder Chris Bennett discusses the relationship between stick design and cymbal sounds.

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August 13th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #33 “The Best You Can Play is to Be Yourself” Rich Thompson

Rich Thompson has been a jazz educator at the prestigious Eastman School of Music for two decades. I sat with him at the annual Jazz Eductor Network  (JEN) Conference in New Orleans earlier this year.   

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August 8th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #32 “Rhythm Section Specialist” Dennis Mackrel

Jazz great Dennis Mackrel has played with legions of legends. His work in small groups, big bands and shows has kept him at the top of his game in NYC for decades. He's an accomplished writer, arranger, and a notable educator. He's also served as the leader of the Count Basie Orchestra.       

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July 31st, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #31 “Teaching is a Privilege” Patrick Bowen

Patrick Bowen teachers at the Las vegas Academy of Performing Arts. It's a Grammy award winning program. He's also the principle percussionist in the Las Vegas Philharmonic and plays live shows on the Vegas strip from Mama Mia to Lady Gaga.

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July 25th, 2017    

Drummer NatonShow #30 “Diva Jazz” Sherrie Maricle

Sherrie Maricle has been a staple on the NYC scene for many years. She's been the long time steady drummer for the NY Pops Orchestra, a teacher at NYU, and co-founder and band leader of the Diva Jazz Orchestra. I am happy she found the time for this interview via Skype.     

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July 10th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #29 “It’s a Family” John Dechristopher

Guest John Dechristopher discusses his long career as the  artist relations manager for Zildjian. He explains the family nature of artist endorsements and details his new business venture, Viper Entertainment. 

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