Drummer Nation

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

January 15th, 2018    

Drummer Nation Show #50 “The Music is Still Alive” Gary Hobbs

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/

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January 9th, 2018    

Drummer Nation Show #49 Guest Johnny Vidacovich “Out of the Drum Room, Into the Music Room”

Johnny Vidacovich has been a mainstay on the New Orleans Music scene since the 1970s and is something of living legend. He talks sound, feel, and groove and discusses his unique concept of Melodic Rhythm in this "don't miss" episode of Drummer Nation.

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December 31st, 2017    

Drummer Nation show #48: 2017 in Review: Multiple Guests

Favorite excerpts taken from shows presented in 2017. 22 drummers in 33 minutes, including Peter Erskine, Todd Sucherman, Ed Soph, Dennis Mackrel, Paul Wertico, Stanton Moore, Akira Tana, Bun E. Carlos, Rikki Rockett, Roy McCurdy and others. Remember, each of these artists have a entire episode. You can find them all archived alphabetically at    http://drummernation.podbean.com/   Happy New Year!

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December 25th, 2017    

Drummer Nation show #47: 2017 Holiday Show: John Cushon performance

Encore holiday show performance by artist John Cushon. Happy Holidays! 

 

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December 21st, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #46 Guest: Dom Famularo “Love, Compassion and Humility”

Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 40 years. Dom has earned a reputation of being the world’s leading motivational drum set artist / educator, renowned for delivering entertaining and inspiring performances unlike any other. He has presented master classes and clinics around the globe, including history-making tours of China and the Far East. Dom remains an active educator through his personal teaching studio, colleges, drum schools and camps and is an in-demand consultant to major music corporations, serving as Education Consultant for Sabian, Promark, Evans, Mapex, and Hudson Music. 

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December 14th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #45 Guest Chuck Redd, “They Hear Everything”

My guest, Chuck Redd is an accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. He began performing and recording internationally at the age of 21 with jazz guitarists Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis and went on to work with jazz legends like Mel Torme’, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC and was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. He frequently headlines at festivals and clubs and is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music. We happened to run into one another in New Orleans last week where he found time for this interview in a back room of the Stanton Moore Spirit of New Orleans Drum Camp.

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December 4th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #44 Guest Terry O’Mahoney “Old Pals”

My guest is Terry O’Mahoney. After establishing himself in the Los Angeles music scene, Terry accepted a teaching position in the jazz studies program at the prestigious St Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia, Canada. While there he authored three drum set instruction books and worked with many notable Canadian and American jazz musicians. Upon his retirement, he relocated to Louisville, Kentucky where he continues to teach and perform. On a personal note, Terry and I have been friends for more than 30 years and have more than a few stories to tell on one another.

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November 29th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #43 Guest Neal Smith “Creative & Spontaneous”

Neal Smith has been playing drums since the age of five. He was the first African-American to earn a degree in Jazz Studies from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Neal performs regularly with internationally recognized jazz artists such as Tom Harrell, Benny Green, and Cyrus Chestnut, to name just a few. He leads his own jazz group and founded the NAS label in 2004 which focuses exclusively on the production of jazz recordings. He is a dedicated educator and is a Professor at Berklee College of Music. I caught up with him at his NYC home for this interview.   http://nsjazz.com

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November 21st, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #42 “Basie Straight Ahead” Guest: Butch Miles

As the drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra, Butch Miles became renowned for his imagination, swinging big band style, and relentless energy.  He’s also worked with legends Sammy Davis, Jr., Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, and many other jazz greats.  Butch hail's from W VA and lives near Austin, Texas. He was honored by the Texas State Senate and has been inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conn Selmer Institute and awards from Zildjian, Ludwig and the International Association of Jazz Educators. He is currently a faculty member in jazz studies at Texas State University, in San Marcos.    He continues to maintain an active gigging and recording schedule. www.butchmiles.com

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November 16th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #41 “Its Gotta Rock and Swing” Slim Jim Phantom

Slim Jim Phantom grew up listening to his parent's jazz records and started playing drums at the age of 10. By the late 1970s he was playing in bands with his school friend and bassist Lee Rocker. They soon joined forces with guitarist Brian Setzer to form the band "Stray Cats." The band spearheaded a rockabilly revival by blending the 1950s Sun Studio sound with modern punk musical elements. Jim often performed standing up, using only a bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat and a crash cymbal, rather than a full drum kit. Their high energy shows shows brought an updated heavier sound to traditional Rockabilly music. Their hit, "Rock This Town" is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 most important songs in the history of rock and roll music. Jim is also an active member of the Love Hope Strength Foundation, a charitable organization which raises funds for cancer units. Find out what he’s up to now, on Drummer Nation. This episode is audio only.

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