Sunday, June 29, 2014

List of Drummers

Although I'm primarily a pianist, I've always been fascinated with the drums. On the rare occasions that I play drums on a gig, people will ask me if I took lessons. I didn't have many lessons, but I consider my lessons to be the opportunities I have had to play with so many great and varied drummers. Since I recently got to play with a bunch of great drummers all in the space of two weeks(Warren Wolf, Bill Stewart, Chris Brown, Kelby McNayr, and John Davis respectively), I started making a list. I decided to try to think of ALL the drummers I had played at least one tune with since 1989-ish. The more I thought about it, the more drummers I had to add to the list. Some of these are drummers I have spent a lot of time with over the years. Some were drummers I played with in my formative years. Some are drummers I might have played with once at a jam session, or recorded with once. Be that as it may, it was quite a trip down memory lane compiling this list.( I know I am missing somebody-if you think I left you out, tell me! I didn't leave anyone out intentionally.

It's nostalgic to compile this list because it reminds me of my years in New York, and all of the great opportunities I had to make a living as a freelance musician. It's also a strange feeling to look at that list and think about people whom I spent time with years ago making great music and now I rarely see them. Facebook is no substitute for musical and personal interaction. Music is meant to be played, not ranted about on social media!

Again, if I forgot you, tell me! Also, these are in no particular order.

List Of Drummers I've Played With:

Jack DeJohnette
Bill Stewart
Ralph Peterson
Al Foster
Lenny White
Terri Lynne Carrington
Cindy Blackman
Billy Hart
Rodney Holmes
Billy Higgins
Carl Allen
Jeff Watts
Mike Clark
Harvey Mason
Dave Weckl
Marvin Smitty Smith
Dennis Chambers
Clarence Penn
Greg Hutchinson
Jon Seligman
Mike Smith
Matt Wilson
Phil Haynes
Keith Carlock
Jordan Perlson
Johnathan Blake
EJ Strickland
Towner Galaher
Gene Lake
Gene Jackson
Nate Wood
Chris Carroll
John "Smiley" Wilson
Damon Duwhite
Steve Johns
Keith Kilgo
Adam Cruz
Jeff Ballard
Victor Lewis
Jochen Ruckert
Ari Hoenig
Brian Blade
Idris Muhammed
Greg Bandy
Rudy Royston
Quincy Davis
Lewis Nash
Ali Jackson
Joe Saylor
Jeff Hirschfield
Steve Williams
Mark Johnson
Byron Landham
John Arnold
Jimmy Cobb
Mickey Roker
Vince Davis
Owen Hart
Jeff Williams
Aaron Walker
Lenny Robinson
Nasar Abedey
Kush Abeday
Damian Reid
Tony Martucci
Warren Wolf
Larry Banks
Alvester Garnett
Adam Niewood
Lee Pearson
Bryan Carter
Harold Summey
William Goffigen
Tom Rainey
Peter MacDonald
Sylvia Cuenca
Vanderlai Pereira
Larry Bright
Steve Hass
Bob Moses
Lionel Cordew
John Lampkin III
Billy Drummond
Howard Curtis
Colin Stranahan
Marc Miralta
Jordi Rossi
Adam Stranburg
Jamire Williams
Donald Edwards
Billy Murphy
Chris Perry
Paul Hildner
Chuck Carna
Phil Cunneff
Micah Hummel
Milo Peterson
Ben Dixon
Jim Hannah
Leon Parker
Obed Calvaire
Tommy Campbell
Owen Howard
Tyson Stubelek
Morten Lund
Anders Mogensen
Alan Jones
Mel Brown
Troy Davis
Howard Franklin
Ron Steen
Todd Strait
Mike Kuhl
Chris Brown
Jason Palmer
Reinhardt Melz
Terry Clarke
Jesse Cahill
Jeremy Blynn
Scott Peaker
Vince Ector
Cecil Brooks III
Kenwood Dennard
Jim Douglas
Nick Fraser
Sam Foulger
Jaime Carrasco
Woody Williams
Dwayne Cook Broadnax
Jim Orso
Drori Mondlak
Adonis Rose
Mark Kolenburg
Steve Davis
Hans Schumann
Dion Parson
Rodney Greene
Scott McLemore
Kendrick Scott
John Bishop
Matt Jorgensen
Curtis Nowosad
David Gibson
Keith Hall
Ted Poor
Ulysses Owens
Alvin Atkinson
Terreon Gully
Ted Warren
Pete Retzlaff
Ian Fromann
Marcello Pelletteri
Kenny Wolleson
Ben Perowsky
Ben Whitman
Mark Griffith
Daniel Freedman
Allison Miller
Shingo Okudaira
George Schuller
Ryan Biesack
Danny Fischer
Falk Willis
Gabriel Globus-Hoenich
Adrian Greene
Vinnie Colaiuta
Marlon Browden
Brian Melvin
Johnathan Pinson
Tom Williams
Shane Endsley
Nicholas Payton
Eric Harland
Phil Stewart
Eric Halverson
Roland Schneider
Louis Hayes
Gary Hobbs
Jaimeo Brown
Darrell Green
Camille Gainer
Ricky Loza
Rick Montalbano
Jakob Hoyer
Dana Hall
George Fludas
Bobby Durham
Greg Grainger
Will Calhoun
Chuck Braman
Joe Farnsworth
Henry Cole
Aaron Kimmel
George Gray
Jay Moody
Steve Weinless
Tony Jefferson
Tony Leone
Tony Sweet
Eric Kennedy
Joe Strasser
Wilby Fletcher
Pete Van Nostrand
Phil Yoon
Adam Carlson
Fred Kennedy
Charles Neal
Darren Beckett
Grant Pierce
Dave Lang
Jon Wikan
Eric MacPherson
Nasheet Waits
George Jones
Warren Shad
Steve Lyman
Tim Paxton
Michael Raynor
Dafnis Prieto
Tyshawn Sorey
Rob Garcia
Ryan Diehl
Dominic Smith
Oleg Butman
Eugene Ryaboy
Joe Chambers
Dick Berk
Guillermo Magill
Susie Ibarra
Otis Brown III
John Davis
Adam Nussbaum
Karriem Riggins
Herlin Riley
Kendrick Scott
Jon Rae
Gene Caldarazzo
Tom Bancroft
Sherrie Maricle
Kenny Grohowski
Tina Raymond
Neal Smith
Nathaniel Townsley
Willard Dyson
Tim Rap
Kelby McNayr
Tom Pollard
Kevin Congleton
Duncan Branom
Randy Rollofson
Charlie Doggett
Mark Ferber
Jon Huteson
Mario Sandoval
Brandon Braun
Dana Elizabeth
Jason Marsalis
Winard Harper
Dan Weiss
Scott Cutshall
Carlton Jackson
Brad Turner
Don Daumit
Harold Mann
Sean Rickmann
Jim West
Rod Youngs
David Haynes
Matt Mayhall
Tony Moreno
Gerry Gibbs
John Hollenbeck
Justin Faulkner
Anthony Pinciotti
Josh Dixon
Dan Reiser
Justin Tracy
James Johnson III
Mark DiFlorio
Pheeroan Aklaff
John Mettam
Dane Richeson
Cordero Kingsley
Charles Ruggerio
Tony Reedus
Chuck Redd
Mark Taylor
Horacee Arnold
Mark Gilmore
Marcus Gilmore
Jeff Boudreaux
Shai Zelman
Masanori Amakura
Richard Seals
Mike Sarin
Bruce Cox
Justin Greville
Billy Kilson
Tommy Crane
Bernard Purdie
Derrick Phillips
Chris Dave
Mike Petrosino
Diego Voglino
Paul Wells

Drummers I would like to play with someday:
Roy Haynes
Marcus Baylor
Ben Riley
Billy Cobham
Peter Erskine
Joey Barron
David King
Jim Black

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Shed-PSU's 3rd Annual Summer Jazz Camp

 I'm getting geared up for our 3rd annual jazz camp. Our special guest, Dr, Alex Norris, is one of the greatest musicians you will ever meet. There are few trumpet players with as much information. His improvisational vocabulary rivals saxophone players! Additionally, we are happy to have another special guest: bassist David Ephross, who has been on the New York scene for over 20 years. The camp is geared towards all levels. We hope to see you there!

 Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble in Co-sponsorship with Portland State University present “The Shed” Third Annual Portland State Summer Jazz Camp, July 14-18  in Lincoln Hall on the campus of Portland State University
Director George Colligan
featuring special guest New York trumpet star Alex Norris
additional faculty includes
Darrell Grant
Charley Gray
David Ephross
David Valdez
Dan Balmer
Ryan Meagher
Jeff Baker
and many others
(for more infö email or go to
Now in its 3rd year, Portland State University’s  Summer Jazz Intensive Workshop is open to high school, college and adult instrumentalists. “The Shed” is based around a select repertoire of jazz tunes. We accept students of all levels and ages. Activities include jam sessions, coached ensemble sessions, masterclasses, lectures, group lessons, and concerts. It’s a great way to develop your skills as a jazz improviser in a fun and friendly environment.
Our special guest this year is trumpeter Alex Norris. Dr. Norris has spent 2 decades in New York playing with many of the greats in jazz, including Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Chris Potter, Stefon, Harris, Carl Allen, Eric Alexander, John Pattitucci, and Brian Blade. Additionally, in the Pop/R&B world, Norris has toured and/or recorded with Incognito, US3, Philip Bailey, Steve Winwood, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, and Jon Secada.
Workshop Tuition plus $368.60 PSU Tuition & Fees
Limited scholarships available.
Students will audition for placement in combos on Monday morning, July 14th.
Check back soon for information on what to prepare for this audition.
On campus  lodging is available for student enrolled in The Shed Workshop through Portland State Campus Housing.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

RIP Horace Silver

Horace Silver was one of the giants of jazz. One of the creators of Hard Bop, Horace Silver brought jazz back to it's funky, soulful, bluesy roots. Furthermore, he was one of the most prolific jazz composers. As a bandleader, he was comparable to Art Blakey, Miles Davis, and Betty Carter, in that getting a chance to play with him meant the "seal of approval". As a pianist, his percussive attack, thundering left hand, aggressive comping, and clear, direct right hand were unmistakeable. Horace Silver has left us a huge body of compositions to play(everybody knows "Song For My Father," "Peace," Strollin," and "Nica's Dream") as well as a huge discography to listen to. I've always thought it was interesting that as great a musical force as Horace Silver was, it seemed as though most jazz pianists don't claim his as an influence. Horace Silver died yesterday after a number of years of declining health. I did a tribute to his music this past December in Portland for the PDX jazz series. Let's continue to listen to Silver's music; let's continue to perform his compositions. RIP Horace Silver.