The power of association
I was reflecting today on the power of association on learning outcomes. Over the past 8 years of my drumming journey I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the most inspiring musicians imaginable. In lessons and workshops, these drummers had the expectation that you would master the material and get a world class sound. They helped you believe, that with enough effort, this was in reach. They all stressed fundamentals, no fancy shit or tricks, just working on your time, tone, and your knowledge of repertoire through listening and jamming. They all inspired me to push through personal limits and self-limiting beliefs. While at the same time, kicking your butt if my head got too big. They created an interesting brew of humility and ambition in me.
· Terry Clarke
· Gregory Hutchinson
· Paul DeLong
· Ed Soph
· Bassist Rufus Reid
· Trumpeter Bobby Shew
New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp: How to prepare?
How exciting! Nine weeks to go until NOLA. How to prepare is the question. I’ve never really played this type of music. Though, I do love it. I have jammed, in the distant past, on piano with local musicians, including Jeff Healey.
Traditional Jazz is the music of joy. Nothing too heavy here: party, party. Terry Clarke is helping me exploring the modern New Orleans music of Johnny Vidacovich.
The instructor at the camp is Gerald French. His work online is solid and colourful. It will be exciting to hang in “Nola” with the locals and fellow enthusiasts jamming, learning, and taking in the place.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.