When I heard that the Village Vanguard is set to start their own livestream events I almost fell out of my chair with excitement!
First up is The Billy Hart Quartetfeaturing Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street asour their first livestreamdirectly from the basement jazz club on Saturday, June 13th 2020 at 7 p.m. EDT and on Sunday, June 14th 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT.
From the Village Vanguard newsletter: “Since opening its doors in 1935, The Village Vanguard has been celebrating the city’s diverse music, culture, and community. February 22, 2020 marked 85 years The Village Vanguard has operated as the world’s oldest-running jazz club, and since we closed our doors on March 16th due to the global pandemic we’ve been working hard to bring the spirit and sounds of The Village Vanguard to you at home.”
These livestreams will air Saturday and Sundays, each show has an admission fee of $7 and will run approximately 75 minutes in length. Tickets are for sale in advance on their website.
I hope this continues long after the club is open and thriving again!
I’ve been listening to podcasts for over a decade and am a bit obsessed. I find it so informative and inspiring to hear other musicians talk about their lives.
This is by no means a comprehensive resource and I’ll update this post as I discover new podcasts and episodes that are worth checking out.
Leave a comment if I missed something that should be included. What are your favorite music podcasts?
Here’s a sampling of the jazz related shows and podcasts for drummers that I listen to (in no particular order):
This one is really nice. In his own words, the host describes the podcast as “to explore the stories of successful musicians and share their perspectives on important aspects of being a professional artist in a digital age.”
Notable interviews so far: Colin Stranahan, Nicole Glover, Charles Goold, Justin Barber, Noah Preminger, David Binney, Glenn Zaleski, Kelly Green.
This podcast is a more recent discovery for me and I’ve heard that there are new episodes in the works. Darrian Douglas is a great interviewer. Notable guests have been Jason Marsalis, Charles Goold, E.J. Strickland and Kelly Green.
Trumpeter Dave Douglas leads monthly conversations with significant jazz artists on music, composition, improvisation, and concerts. Guests include Henry Threadgill, John Zorn, Carla Bley, and Andrew Cyrille, among many others.
This is essentially a deep dive album review show and there have been some great episodes. They rarely release interview episodes, but there’s one standout: The interview with Charles McPherson is gold. If you listen to nothing else, seek this one out. He talks about meeting Charlie Parker and playing with Mingus. So good!
This is a new discovery for me and it’s really great. I was excited when I heard Ulysses Owens Jr. talking about the brush book he’s putting out, especially since he studied brushes with Kenny Washington.
There’s also a great interview with Johnny Vidacovich.
Nicholas Payton recently posted his thoughts about comping on the drums over on his Instagram account. There’s some deep insight that I wanted to share. Drummer George Coleman Jr. also chimed in with some great info.
Nicholas Payton on Elvin and Comping:
“Here’s the thing: The “Elvin thing” most drummers get into, it often ceases to be conversational and becomes filler. You gotta make sure there’s substance and reason for everything you play. Don’t just play noodlely sh*t on the drums because you can.
All fills and accents have to be about creating an energy, moving the song forward, and a dialog. If not with the soloist, a conversation between the kick and snare or the toms. Whatever part of the kit you’re engaging with, make it purposed.
Updated July 2019 – This post was originally posted in 2017. Two years later there’s a new version of The Philly Joe Jones Solo Book available with an additional 32 transcribed drum solos! I’ll list them at the bottom of this post.
The Philly Joe Jones Solo Book is well worth the $50 – $60 price tag. It was transcribed over the course of 10 years by Joerg Eckel, a student of John Riley’s.
There are over 320380 pages of Philly Joe Jones drum solo transcriptions in the book. Each one includes stickings and lists the album that each solo is on.