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    What Makes Kids Pick Up Sticks Today?

    It was just born in me. My mother was a musician (piano) and had several brothers who also played instruments (violin, sax, cornet, drums, etc.). Before I was even in kindergarten, I amused myself with a pair of drumsticks, clattering on a little bedside table. A bit later I found an old...
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    Is country drumming boring?

    Reminds me of a story about Buddy Rich. He went to the ER one day with a flare-up of one of his many medical problems. The intake nurse asked him about medications he was currently taking, carefully recording them on his chart. "Is there anything you can't take?" she asked. Without missing a...
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    Open hand questions

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    ONE Snare Drum

    I have only one. Ludwig Super Sensitive, vintage late 1960s.
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    "Sing, Sing, Sing" on calfskin Radio Kings

    Definitely different than plastic heads. Sounds great! -- and authentic for that number.
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    Joe Morello's Bass Drum

    I've been to several clinics with Morello. At one of them he explained how he tuned the bass. He said he tuned the batter head lower than the front. He would loosen the batter to the point where it "splattered," then bring it up just enough so it didn't splatter. Also, he used a wood beater...
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    I just bought a ROGERS holiday kit

    That is one sweet set! Congrats! You're gonna love it.
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    OT: Hobbies beyond the drums

    Weight training at the gym, and digital image editing (Photoshop) at Radiantpics.com. It's a paid hobby I've been doing for 20 years or so. Commercial photographers often aren't very skilled at editing, so I'm sort of a Mr. Fixit they can hire to repair their mistakes. I made my living as a...
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    Drummer biography books

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    Drummer biography books

    Harold Jones: The Singer's Drummer
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    In a drummer swing-off, who do you have?

    Swings? It depends on what you mean by that word. In American music, the Swing Era was roughly 1935 to 1945 -- and comparable musical styles beyond (Ellington, Basie, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Harry James, etc. -- it's a looong list). Benny Goodman is widely acknowledged to be the father of...
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    In a drummer swing-off, who do you have?

    Might as well put in a good word for Rufus "Speedy" Jones . . .
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    In a drummer swing-off, who do you have?

    Harold Jones, especially during his years with Basie.
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    O.T. Who has taken to a motorized bicycle to save money commuting?

    My commute story: A few years back before I retired, I lived in Northern Virginia and worked in DC. The commute by bus and train took over 3 hours round trip. I decided I would move into the District of Chaos if I could find an apartment within walking distance of my workplace on Capitol Hill...
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    What is the most iconic musical instrument easily recognized?

    Depends a lot on your age and experience. Although they're no longer in fashion in today's digital world, the Hammond B3 with its four-poster profile is one of the most easily recognized instruments. The sound is also very recognizable. There was a time when you could hardly find a jazz, rock...
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    Fantasy Fill-In, One Song, Which Band?

    Harold was also Basie's favorite drummer. I went to hear the band in 1971 at a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. I got there an hour early, and the doorman wouldn't let me go into the empty ballroom. Then Duffy and Chubby Jackson arrived. I had met Duffy a few years earlier and he recognized me, so he...
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    Jazz Drummers

    Harold Jones
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    Fantasy Fill-In, One Song, Which Band?

    Almost anything by Count Basie during the late '60s to early '70s when Harold Jones was his drummer. Harold played with more taste and drive than any jazz drummer I've ever seen.
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    Songs with ‘busy’ drums and their drummers.

    I think Steve Ferrone gets just the right kind of busy on this one, especially in the final one-third to one-fourth of the record . . .
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    TV Theme Songs

    Was that Earl Palmer? I'm not sure. He played on so many TV themes: M Squad, 77 Sunset Strip, Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye, Peyton Place, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres, Ironside, The Outsiders, It Takes A Thief, Leslie Uggams Show, Brady Bunch, Della, Partridge Family, Burke's Law, The...