Bill Stewart w/ the Pat Metheny Trio

Quick post to share something that popped up on YouTube a couple of days ago. The quality is excellent so I wanted to make sure that you all know that it’s available.

This is a full Pat Metheny Trio concert from 1999 that features Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier at the North Sea Jazz Festival.


New Orleans Drumming

On the heels of posting the Geoff Clapp interview, I wanted to share something I just found on YouTube. It’s part of an old DCI Video series about New Orleans drumming that features Johnny Vidacovich and Herlin Riley.

There are a couple of other volumes featuring Earl Palmer and Herman Ernest, which are available from Alfred Music. I was lucky to find all of them on DVD several years ago while visiting New Orleans.

If you haven’t seen this before, do yourself a favor and watch all of it. Great information and great music!

Here’s another great video of Herlin Riley breaking down tambourine playing.

I’ll also take this time to share a wonderful quote by Brian Blade:

New Orleans is its own country. It’s just where so many cultural crosses meet. That mixing and mingling and that beat on the street is what makes life have that joy. A different influx of spirit comes in and you step into it and you feel it immediately. It changes the way you look at things and feel things in a great way. The time that I spent there was a very special time in my life. I was just supposed to have been there. Now it’s in everything that I play and write.”
Brian Blade

Podcast – Geoff Clapp

This episode is available in most places that you listen to podcasts.

episode 7 Geoff Clapp Practicing Drummer podcast

Recorded March 2024

Podcast interview with drummer Geoff Clapp

Geoff Clapp spent the majority of his career in New Orleans where he was mentored by Ellis Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, and many others. He has a couple of great albums out as a leader and has played with Dianne Reeves, Benny Green, Charlie Hunter, Sam Fribush, Wynton Marsalis, Nicolas Payton, and many others.


The music featured in the episode comes from the Geoff Clapp Trio live at Monk’s:

The drum intro is from Charles Ruggiero’s Loop Loft sample pack.