SJC Drums Joins Exodus To NAMM
By Radim McCue
Published January 10, 2011
Head west, oh mighty drum builders. Head west.
SJC took a southern route, dodging snow and visiting bands along the way.
As musical equipment companies around the world get ready to converge on Anaheim, California for the annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) Trade Show, the gang from SJC Drums leaves Dudley, Massachusetts just in time to escape a brutal snowstorm. Here's how Mike Ciprari described their journey over the weekend.
"We had to leave a day early because of a snow storm in New England, and we've been in the van since Friday morning at 6am. We stopped in Nashville, TN to say hey to Frankie Muniz and his band You Hang Up who are at Off The Wall Studio recording their first full length, and then carried on. We're currently in New Mexico driving to Las Vegas to spend the night, then off to Los Angeles. We'll be at the Lopez Tonight show on Tuesday in the crowd and hanging out with house drummer Robin DiMaggio, then off to Anaheim to load in to NAMM on Wednesday. We're excited for the show and can't wait to get there. We've got our videographer with us documenting the whole trip and we'll be releasing a video update of the trip as well when we return."
Look for DRUM!'s upcoming show vids and reports on hundreds of new products at the winter NAMM Show, January 13-16.
Drummagazine.com Coverage Of 2011 Winter NAMM
Be sure to keep your eyes trained on drummagazine.com in the upcoming week. Beginning on Wednesday, we plan to load the website with tons of raw information – blogs, videos, photos, and more – directly from the floor of the 2011 Winter NAMM Show.
During the day, the entire DRUM! staff will scour the Anaheim Convention Center for new gear, industry trends, drumming legend sightings, autograph signings, and interview opportunities, while in the evening we’ll shoot as much video as our cameras will allow at concerts, industry parties, and receptions. I have a feeling it’s going to be an amazing show this year. I hope you can join us.
Zildjian To Honor Legendary Teacher Freddie Gruber At NAMM
The 2011 Winter NAMM Show is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited about the new gear demos and special company events that will take place during those four power-packed days. We’ll be sure to muscle our way to the front row when Zildjian presents an Educational Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary drum teacher, jazz drummer, and long-time Zildjian artist, Freddie Gruber on Saturday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. The award will be presented by Zildjian CEO Craigie Zildjian and Zildjian’s Vice President of Artist Relations & Event Marketing Worldwide, John DeChristopher, at the Zildjian Booth.
Born in New York, Gruber came up in the nascent New York be-bop scene where he gigged with Charlie Parker and other jazz greats and met his close friend of 60 plus years, jazz legend Roy Haynes. It was his roommate and longtime friend, Buddy Rich, who most influenced his teaching, namely Rich’s “style, technique, and guts.” The list of drum luminaries who have studied with Gruber include Adam Nussbaum, Ian Wallace, Neil Peart, Steve Smith, Mike Baird, John Guerin and Dave Weckl.
DRUM! To Co-Sponsor Cobus Potgieter Events
DRUM! is co-promoting the brief North American clinic tour of Youtube drumming phenom Cobus Potgieter. He'll be at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) show in Anaheim, California January 13-16. He'll be signing autographs at the DRUM! booth at 1 P.M. this Friday and Saturday, and at the TRX Cymbals display. Then he's off to performances in Los Angeles, San Jose (with DRUM! Music Editor Wally Schnalle), and Toronto. Look for free posters and swag at many events.:
February 12, 2011
Toronto, Ontario (Burlington)
(Time and location to be announced)
Potgieter' presentations will include performances of several of his popular drum covers as well as a discussion of his technical and musical approach to drumming and creating drum videos. Audience members will also be invited to participate in the Q&A segment to learn about the South African drummer’s experiences that have yielded over 55 million views of his online videos and led to his selection as the Number One Rising Star in Drum! Magazine’s 2010 Drummies! Readers Poll.
For more information check in with Cobus's web site or visit his Facebook wall. Cobus's tour is sponsored by TRX Cymbals, Udrum, SMG Africa, and DRUM! Magazine.
Simon Phillips & Trilok Gurtu Collaborate
Trilok Gurtu and Simon Phillips have long wanted to make music together, and they finally got their chance last in May. Their collaboration was captured on the upcoming release 21 Spices, which will feature the two drumming legends playing with Germany’s NDR Big Band. The recording is a mix of studio and live performances that document their appearance at the Drums’n’Percussion Festival in Paderborn, Germany on May 21, 2010, and the Elbjazzfestival in Hamburg, Germany. Pretty cool photo, eh?