Village Vanguard Live Streaming Jazz

Village Vanguard Livestream Schedule! 

  • June 13th & 14th – Billy Hart Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street
  • June 20th & 21st – Vijay Iyer Trio featuring Nick Dunston and Jeremy Dutton
  • June 27th & 28th – Joe Martin Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Kevin Hays and Nasheet Waits
  • July 4th & 5th – Joe Lovano Trio Fascination featuring Ben Street and Andrew Cyrille

I’ve been a big fan of the live streams & archives from Smalls and Mezzrow for a long time (especially now when live events are on pause) and I highly recommend supporting them if you can.

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 Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street as our their first livestream directly 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!

Podcasts for Jazz Musicians

UPDATED February 11, 2020

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):

Bernie’s Bootlegs

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.

https://berniesbootlegs.com


Pablo Held Investigates

Another good one! Long form interviews with an incredibly impressive list of musicians: Bill Stewart, Joey Baron, Wayne Shorter, Jeff Ballard, Dave Holland and the list goes on.

Available as a podcast, but I suggest watching the videos if you can.

https://pabloheldinvestigates.com


Working Artist Project

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.

spreaker.com/show/the-working-artist-project


You’ll Hear It

A podcast from Open Studio with daily jazz advice for the modern player featuring Peter Martin & Adam Maness.

youllhearit.com/podcast


NYU Jazz Interview Series

Produced by the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies program features interviews with jazz greats, hosted by Dr. David Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies.

steinhardt.nyu.edu/nyu-steinhardt-jazz-interview-series


The Third Story

This is a thoughtful interview show by Leo Sidran, son of Ben Sidran and I always get something out of each episode. There have been some really great guests. Check out the episode index.

third-story.com


A Noise From the Deep

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.

greenleafmusic.com/podcasts


Straight No Chaser

Three time winner of the JazzTimes Readers’ Poll for Best Podcast and is a recent discovery that I’ve just started digging into.

straightnochaserjazz.libsyn.com


Jazz Bastard Podcast

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!

jazzbastard.com


IYOUWE Universe by Lenny White

This is a podcast by the great drummer Lenny White. Past guests include Ron Carter, Mike Clark, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Billy Hart.

stitcher.com/podcast/iyouwe-universe


I’d Hit That

A great podcast for drummers by mystery man Dave, who is clearly friends with most of the guests, which makes it really fun to listen to. This show seems to be on hiatus.

idhitthatpodcast.podomatic.com


Working Drummer

With over 200 episodes and counting, Working Drummer Podcast is the source for those interested in what it’s like to be a professional drummer.

workingdrummer.net


Drummer’s Resource

Favorite episodes of mine include Kenny Washington, Ralph Peterson, Michael Carvin, Ed Soph, Terri Lyne Carrington and John Riley.

drummersresource.com/podcasts


Riff Raff

A podcast by guitarist Shane Theriot. Memorable episodes are with John Scofield, Johnny Vidacovich, Leni Stern and Mike Stern.

shanetheriot.com/the-riff-raff-podcast


Trap Set with Joe Wong

The Trap Set is a podcast about the lives of drummers. The show is produced in Los Angeles, CA.  A new episode is released each Wednesday.

thetrapset.net/past-episodes


Drumeo Gab

This is a pretty loose podcast format that I go in and out of listening to. Drummers should check out the Johnny Vidacovich interview and explore from there.

drumgab.libsyn.com/johnny-vidacovich


Contraption

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.

contraptionpodcast.com/blog/


Bonus Episode – Fei’s World

I stumbled across this on while searching for Ralph Peterson. She does a nice two part interview with him.

feisworld.com/blog/ralph-peterson-jr

Elvin Jones and Comping

Elvin Jones playing drums

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.

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Philly Joe Jones Solo Book

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 320 380 pages of Philly Joe Jones drum solo transcriptions in the book. Each one includes stickings and lists the album that each solo is on.

You can get a copy at Memphis Drum Shop or Columbus Percussion. I’ve heard that Maxwell’s Drum Shop will be getting some copies as well.


Read on for details, photos and the list of solos included in the book.

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