Vinnie Colaiuta Unboxes His Classic Kit
In a companion to our earlier news story a video has surfaced of legendary drummer Vinnie Colaiuta unboxing his classic Gretsch kit, which has been restored. He gets an assist from artist relations ace Andrew Shreve. As Vinnie says "there's that sound."
Vinnie Colaiuta Returns Home To Gretsch Drums
Drumming legend Vinnie Colaiuta has signed on as an official endorser of Gretsch Drums. One of the world’s most respected drummers, Colaiuta is best known for his seminal recordings and performances with Frank Zappa and Sting. However, his prolific four-decade career has also included a multitude of studio recordings, movie soundtracks, and work with an incredibly diverse range of artists including Joni Mitchell, Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Joe Satriani, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock among many others. Colaiuta will be taking his newly redesigned Gretsch USA Custom Kit on the road with Sting on his upcoming, 19-city “Rock Paper Scissors” tour with Peter Gabriel which kicks off June 21st in Columbus, Ohio.
"I was in free fall and I made a soft landing. My sound is Gretsch. Home is where the heart is. I came back home,” said Colaiuta.
Colaiuta’s redesigned Gretsch USA Custom Kit was handcrafted in Ridgeland, South Carolina at the Gretsch USA Factory. Finished in a one-of-a-kind, Cobalt Blue Lacquer created expressly for the “Rock Paper Scissors” tour – the kit also features Vinnie Colaiuta custom signature badges.The set up includes:
- 5x14 USA Custom Snares
- 5x14 Solid Steel snare
A Grammy® Award-winner, Colaiuta was named #49 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time.” “Welcoming Vinnie as a part of the Gretsch Drums Family is incredibly exciting. His amazing talent and passion for playing drums has inspired generations of artists. Gretsch is honored to make him drums he is inspired to play,” said Drum Workshop founder and chairman of the board, Don Lombardi.
Celebrate With A Cocktail During The National Jazz Benefit Concert
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) will host its 2016 Annual Benefit Concert honoring legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes with the Legends of Jazz Award, and President & CEO of The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Kenneth J. Knuckles, Esq with the Jazz and Community Leadership Award at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. This one-night-only celebration, hosted by WBGO Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton, will feature performances by master pianist Monty Alexander (who has performed and recorded with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones) and his band that brings together the worlds of jazz and reggae, The Harlem Kingston Express. Also performing will be René Marie, a composer and vocalist in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald, Dina Washington known for infusing elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid musical style.When:
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016
- 5:45 PM - Press Check-In
- 6:00 PM – Cocktail Reception / Arrivals Photography
- 7:30 PM –NJMH Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony
- Rhonda Hamilton, Benefit Host / WBGO
- Roy Haynes, Legends of Jazz Award Recipient
- Kenneth Knuckles, Jazz and Community Leadership Award Recipient
- Rene Marie, Performer / Singer
- Monty Alexander & The Harlem Kingston Express, Performer
- Timothy L. Porter, Esq., NJMH Board Chairman
- Loren Schoenberg, NJMH Founding Director and Senior Scholar
- Lloyd Williams, President & CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce / Awards Presenter
- Voza Rivers, Chairman & CEO VOZ Entertainment Group, Executive Producer & Founding Member of New Heritage Theatre Group / Awards Presenter
This immersive retreat is geared for Rhythm Section musicians, happening August 1-6 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa Arizona. The Billy Cobham Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat is designed for advanced students, semi-pros and professional musicians across many genres and styles, designed for drummers and players of bass, guitar and keyboards. In a very unique format, this intensive five-day learning experience will help musicians master the Art of the Rhythm Section in real time, led by drumming virtuoso Billy Cobham, along with Dean Brown (guitar), Gerry Etkins (keyboards) and Ric Fierabracci (bass). Billy and the other coaches will teach and guide participants in developing and fine-tuning teamwork and communication among the Rhythm Section.
Participants will experience:
- Five days of master classes with Billy Cobham, Dean Brown, Gerry Etkins and Ric Fierabracci, featuring lectures, discussions, video analysis, and playing exercises, including four interactive classes per day.
- Nightly jam sessions for all
- Special Saturday night performance feat. two chosen Rhythm Sections that will open the show for a concert with Billy and the Spectrum 40 Band
Enter To Win The Big Bang Giveaway Featuring A Hendrix Custom Drum Kit And John Blackwell Signature Snare
25 Chances To Win!
You may not be as familiar with the Big Bang name as others in the drum industry, but you know the brands the company makes and distributes, such as Ahead AHEAD Drumsticks, Switch Kick by AHEAD , DG Cajons, Kasza Cymbals, Moongel, Bass Plate, and many more. With more than 1,500 products for drummers, Big Bang has now teamed with DRUM! for one of the biggest giveaways ever.
Grand Prize ($7,460.89)
One lucky winner will win a Hendrix Archetype stave-shell kit with a John Blackwell signature snare, Kasza cymbals, cymbal stands, cases, throne, pedal, sticks, and accessories from AHEAD Products.
Hendrix Archetype stave shell drums are among the most resonant, versatile, and responsive drums anywhere. This kit is a beautiful design in American black Walnut with a satin finish. Walnut is 30 percent softer than Maple, which gives it a warm tone, a naturally low fundamental note, and lots of body. Features include Hendrix ultra-thin solid stave shells, lacquer finish, and progressive bearing edges. Sizes include a 22" x 18" bass drum, 10" x 9" and 12" x 9" mounted toms, and a 14" x 14" floor tom.
John Blackwell Signature Snare
One of only 30 collectible editions, this John Blackwell Signature Hendrix snare is constructed of a 0.25" thick 14" x 6" African Paduak Archetype shell with 0.5" reinforcement rings. Special features include brass lugs, S-hoops, a Dunnett R7 throw-off, Fat Cat wires, Evans heads, and sleeved washers.
Kasza's R-Series cymbals are made from pure B20 cast bronze (80 percent copper/20 percent tin) and are handpicked for sound quality. The Grand Price features a 20" Dirty Bell Ride, 18" Dirty Bell Crash, and 14" Kasza Cymbals Light Top/Heavy Flat Bottom Skinny Fat Rock Hi-hats.
Hardware & Cases
The kit also features an AHEAD double-braced cymbal stand, hi-hat stand, and boom stand; six AHEAD Armor cases including a bass drum case, teardrop-style tom case, padded tom bag, extra tom case, padded snare bag, rolling cymbal case, and a hardware case. AHEAD Armor cases feature heavy waterproof 600-denier polyester on the outside exterior with double foam padding and Sherpa fleece lining.
Pedal and Beaters
AHEAD MACH1 Pro Single Pedal, a pro bass drum pedal designed for long-lasting durability, speed, and performance is a perfect pair for the new AHEAD Switch Kick Quick Release Beater System. Designed for drummers to “Switch” beaters, adjust beater height without using any tools, increase speed control, volume and feel. This pack includes the Two-Way Kick Starter System, Sonic Kick Beater, Boom Kick Beater, and Nylon Brush Kick Beater.
Finished in black velour, the split-seat, saddle top, spring-balanced AHEAD Spinal - G Throne with back support is designed with a high level of support for comfort and movement.
Sticks, & Accessories
You'll also receive the famous AHEAD 5A and Bamboo Bundle Sticks (BSL), a stick case, and grip tape from AHEAD.
A grand drum kit needs a grand tuning devise. Digital Drum Dial is the world's greatest tympanic pressure device for precise tuning every time.
First Prize ($323.99)
The Finhol Air Kick - Pop is a sound module that eliminates the need for low-frequency microphones. It measures air pressure from your bass drum and enables you to dial in sensitivity for the sound you want and choose among fully edited bass sounds.
Second Prize ($233.80)
DG Cajon. Made in Spain, The DeGregorio Kiyo Cajon is made of Birch with an ingenious patented snare system, the Pre-Tuned Tapa, allowing no tuning or string replacement.
Third Prize ($192.80)
The Hot Rod Bass Drum Kit features four great products: A Bass Plate dock for your pedal; the KickPro self-stabilizing bass drum pillow; KBrakes to keep your bass drums in place; a Drum O's 5" bass reinforcing ringand the Tight Screw Tension Rods.
This snare package includes an AHEAD S-Hoop Practice Pad, with a hard surface and a real counterhoop for rimshots and a built-in snare sound for authenticity and high-tension snare response, and Big Fat Snare Drum “Steve's Donut” and “Snare-Bourine Donut”, which effortlessly transforms any snare into a vintage, beefy, snare.
Twenty-five winners will receive swag from DRUM! and Moongel, the world's most highly acclaimed resonance control.
The colors and components in the prize pictures are not always an exact representation. Please refer to prize list for details. Stands are not as pictured.
All pricing is (MSRP) except the drums, which are (MAP) or "street" pricing:
- Hendrix Walnut 4-piece kit (tom mounts included)
- Hendrix John Blackwell LTD Snare Drum (1 out of 30)
- AHEAD Cymbal Stand (ACYMS2)
- AHEAD Heavy Duty Hi-Hat Stand (AHHST2)
- AHEAD Boom or Straight Stand (AMBS2)
- AHEAD Armor Bass Drum Case (AR1822)
- AHEAD Armor Floor Tom Case (AR2016)
- AHEAD Armor Padded Tom Bag (AR5010)
- AHEAD Armor Standard Tom Case (AR5129)
- AHEAD Armor Padded Snare Drum Bag (14" x 6.5") (AR3006)
- AHEAD Armor Rolling Cymbal Case (AA6024W)
- Ahead AA 5038 W hardware case
- AHEAD 5A Drumsticks (5A)
- AHEAD Bamboo Bundle Sticks (BSL)
- AHEAD Plush Switch Kick Stick case (SBSK)
- AHEAD Grip Tape (GT)
- AHEAD Switch Kick Quick Release Beater System with Two - Way Kick Starter System (AHSK), Sonic Kick (AHSKS), Boom Kick (AHSKBK), Nylon Brush Kick beaters (AHSKNH).
- AHEAD Mach 1 Pro Single Pedal (APSP)
- AHEAD Spinal G Drum Throne with Back Rest (SPG-BBR)
- Drumdial Digital (DDD)
- Fat Cat Snare Wires
- Finhol Air Kick Pop (AK-02)
- DG Cajon – Kiyo Cajon (DGC01)
- Bass Plate (BP-22)
- KickPro Pillow (KPBD17B)
- KBrakes (KB512)
- Bass Drum O's
- AHEAD Practice Pad with S-Hoop (AHSHP)
- Big Fat Snare Drum “Steve's donut” (BFSD14DON)
- and “Snare Bourine Donut” (BFSD14SBD)
Fifth Through Twenty-Fifth Prizes