John Blackwell Signs With Dixon Drums
Dixon Drums welcomes John Blackwell to the brand’s family of endorsees. Blackwell’s credits include industry legends such as Prince, D’Angelo and Patti Labelle, and he is known throughout the world as one of R&B’s greatest drummers.
“John Blackwell is an exciting addition to our artist roster,” Said Jim Uding, Dixon Brand Manager. “He’s contributed so much to the music of great musicians, inspiring drummers as a person and a player along the way.” We’re honored to have him join the Dixon family.”
Taught by his father at the age of 3, John Blackwell attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, leaving the school in 1995 to play with the acclaimed funk band, Cameo. After moving to Los Angeles he played with Patti Labelle and appeared on her Grammy Award Winning album Live! One Night Only. Blackwell also spent over a decade with Prince, joining his band The New Power Generation in 2000. John continues to perform with Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy and many others.
“Becoming a Dixon artist is a real honor for me,” Blackwell commented. “I love the sound and look of their kits, and they bring an element of renewal to what I do. That kind of inspiration is important and I found it in Dixon.”
Terri Lyne Carrington Recognized As Honorary Member At The 42nd Annual Conference Of The Society For American MusicLeft to right: Charles Garrett, President of the Society for American Music; Honoree Terri Lyne Carrington; Roger Brown, President of Berklee College of Music; and Larry Simpson, Provost of Berklee College of Music.Photo credit: Michael Broyles
Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist and Berklee Global Jazz Institute Zildjian Chair in Performance, Terri Lyne Carrington was recently recognized as this year’s Honorary Member at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Society for American Music during a public ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA. “I had a great time being ‘roasted’ by Larry Simpson at the Society for American Music honoree reception and dinner,” says Carrington. “It was a pleasure and an honor to be there with old and new friends, as well as family.” Carrington’s unparalleled contributions to American music conferred a life-long membership into the Society. She joins a distinguished group of luminaries including Pharoah Sanders, Loretta Lynn, Oscar Peterson, Max Roach, Gunther Schuller, John Cage and numerous others.
DRUM! Creativity Contest: Winner
Congratulations to Radek Doležal, our Creativity Contest winner! This contest, brought to you by UE, Evans, Dream Cymbals and Gongs, Vater percussion, and DRUM! Magazine, encouraged drummers to send in videos of themselves playing NASCENT's "And Bleakness Comes Through The Trees Without Sound." After being hand picked as one of the best performances received by our lessons guru Libor Hadrava, Doležal was at the public's mercy to advance to the next stage of the competition. He ended up receiving nearly 2,000 votes, awarding him 1st place in the contest.
He will be receiving the 1st Place Prize Package, which includes:
- UE Custom In-Ears Monitors by Ultimate Ears (UE11) [YES!]
- NASCENT Methods for Detection, Analysis, and Isolation (Digital download)
- VATER drumsticks (12 pairs)
- DRUM! Magazine bonus package
Even those who wanted their favorite video to win got super creative finding new people and friends to vote for their chosen one in our almost-too-close-to-call DRUM! Creativity Contest.
Congratulations to everybody who participated in any way.
WILL FERRELL & CHAD SMITH’S RED HOT BENEFIT COMEDY
LOS ANGELES - Comedy icon Will Ferrell and rock superstar Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers are throwing a party. A quinceanera party to be exact. The Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera hosted by Ferrell with his Funny Or Die team and musically curated by Smith will be a star-studded extravaganza held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29th at the historic Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. The show will include performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers plus other musical acts and comedy from the hottest comedians. Citi ThankYou cardmembers will have a limited pre-sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8 with the general on-sale coming Friday March 11th at 10 a.m. Event information is available on http://www.funnyordie.com/redhotbenefit.
“I have only one great regret in life and it’s that I never actually celebrated my quinceanera,” said Ferrell. “I’d like to think it was just a simple oversight by my mother, but there has been a void inside me for many years. Growing up on the mean streets of Irvine, California, I have vivid memories of all my friends celebrating their quinceanera. Well, on April 29th at the Shrine Auditorium, with Red Hot Chili Peppers and a bunch of other really talented comedians and musicians by my side, we are going to right that wrong, and everyone is invited.”
Ferrell and Smith, who bare a striking resemblance to each other, first collaborated during a Reddit challenge that culminated in the infamous Drum Off (below) on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in May of 2014. The stunt raised nearly half a million dollars for their respective charities along the way.
For Ferrell the big beneficiary of the event is Cancer for College, the charity started by his USC fraternity brother Craig Pollard over 20 years ago. The charity has granted over $2 million while helping more than 1,000 cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education. For Smith it’s the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non profit organization founded by Chad’s Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate and bass player Flea, who strive to address the decrease in arts education in schools while providing cultural enrichment to the community by offering private music lessons at a reasonable cost and granting scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments.
Week 3 Winners In The Hit Like A Girl Global Drumming Contest
The Week 3 Winners in the Hit Like A Girl Global Drumming Contest are in and we've got three representatives from the US and one from Ireland. Contestants can enter until March 13, 2016.
Oakland native Jazmyne Evans started playing drums in church at the ripe old age of 5. She attended Berklee College of Music and is a well-known local musician, playing in her church band and performing at gigs around the city.
Brittany Harrell has been drumming for 19 years and touring with the band Veara for 11. She says she plays to "be the best drummer I can be. No gender boundaries. You got to see me to believe it."
Leah Bluestein only recently became comfortable playing her drums in front of other people. Now she's graduating from high school early to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship.
14-year-old Payton Taylor is part of the Breast Cancer Can Stick It foundation, an organization that allows her to use her drumming skills to raise money and awareness to help stop breast cancer. She also plays in a Dallas-based all-girl band called Sweet Chaos.
How The Judging Works
Each week until March 9 guest judges will pick two Under 18 and two 18+ winners to move on to the final round of judging. Additional wild cards may be chosen by sponsors and judges. Then from March 14-23 fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites. In the end a minimum of 20 finalists will be chosen in both age groups. The celebrity judges, which include Prince's 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton, jazz ace Kim Thompson, UK great Emily Dolan-Davies, Emmanuelle Caplette, the Summer Set's Jess Bowen, Cuban star Yissy Garcia, Grammy-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, YouTube star Anika Nilles, Venzella Joy (also Beyonce), Kate Nash's Alicia Warrington, Cherisse Osei of the Bryan Ferry band, and guest male judges Steve Smith of Journey fame and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will announce winners on April 14, 2016 in a live webcast event.
Plenty Of Time To Enter
Entries in the contest are accepted up until March 13th. All you have to do is upload a video and bio and you're in. Younger girls are required to submit parental consent forms (available at the site).
About Hit Like A Girl
Now in its fifth year the Hit Like A Girl was started by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX with the aim of highlighting and promoting female drummers. Girls and women of all ages and skill levels, and from more than 50 countries, have entered the contest over the past four years. It is sponsored by an elite group of musical instrument companies including Evans, Pro-Mark, Avedis Zildjian, Mapex, Sabian, Vater, Innovative, NFUZD, Sonor, Drum Channel, and more. Media sponsors on three continents include Music Radar, DRUM!, Alfred, Alternative Press, Rhythm, Percussive Arts Society, Enter music Network, Drumscene (Australia), Drum Guru, Hudson Music, Not So Modern Drummer, Drummers Resource, Drummer Café, Performance Drumming, Online Drummer, The Black Page, Digital Drummer, Wikidrummers, Swinghouse Studios, and Sick Drummer Magazine.