Max Roach Interview

There are a couple of new videos up on Youtube that I discovered last week that lead me to an amazing resource: The Howard University Jazz Oral History Project. Some great stuff there.

The first video I want to share is a one hour interview with Max Roach. It’s full of gold. He not only plays drums and piano, he also shares stories dating back to his days playing in parades as part of his church band.

Enjoy!

When you’re done, don’t miss the Philly Joe Jones interview.

Philly Joe Jones Solo Book

The Philly Joe Jones Solo Book is well worth the $50 price tag. It was transcribed over the course of 10 years by Joerg Eckel, a student of John Riley’s.

There are over 320 pages of Philly Joe Jones’s solos in the book. Each transcription includes stickings and lists the album that each solo is on.

You can still get a copy at Memphis Drum Shop. Highly recommended.


One concern I had is that the transcriptions are copies of handwritten music charts and may be harder to read for some people.

When I’m working on a solo, I’ll typically scan the page in so I can load it on my iPad and zoom in. I’ve even gone so far as to make an enlarged and darker photocopy. Either way is not a deal breaker for such an awesome resource.

Here’s a sample page so you can see for yourself:

And for those curious about the full list of songs/solos in the book, here is the table of contents.

Highly recommended!

Marvin “Bugalu” Smith

In my post about Smalls Jazz Club, I raved about seeing Marvin “Bugalu” Smith play drums with Teodross Avery. I’m still obsessed with his playing.

They have a new duo album out that is highly recommended. You can get it through Teodross’ online shop.

Here’s a video that was just posted of the two of them in the studio that I couldn’t resist sharing here.