Free Drum Lessons At Vans Warped Tour
The Percussion Marketing Council is encouraging aspiring musicians with free drum lessons at seven major cities during the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. The PMC Tent will be managed by various drum equipment manufacturers and local percussion retailers at each stop. Local percussion teachers will be on hand to provide an introductory five-minute drum lesson for attendees.
The PMC Tent will participate in the following dates and cities this summer:
- June 26, San Antonio, Texas
- July 1, Pomona, California
- July 9, Chicago, Illinois
- July 13, Boston, MA
- July 19, Milwaukee Wisconsin
- July 28, Charlotte, NC
- August 10, Carson, California
The complete PMC Vans Warped Tour project has been directed by PMC Advisory Board Member, Billy Cuthrell who has worked to create a great program for young, aspiring musicians. If you attend the Vans Warped Tour look for the PMC drum lessons booth and don't be suprised if you see some famous artists dropping by as well.
Mike Clark Recording Live Album In NYC This Week
New York jazz aficionados can probably still wrangle a ticket to attend the live taping of Mike Clark’s upcoming solo album, which will be recorded at the Iridium Jazz Club over a three-day run, beginning tonight.
Clark’s Indigo Blue band – which features trumpeter Wallace Roney, saxophonist Donald Harrison, bassist Christian McBride, and pianist Antonio Farao – will join Clark for a session of jazz standards and original compositions. The album will be produced by none other than the legendary Return To Forever drummer Lenny White, and will be released on Owl Studios Records.
Dream Theater Releases Track With Mangini
Dream Theater has elevated the process of milking the band’s drummer changeover into an art form by parceling out news one measured spoonful at a time. And finally the band has released a track, “On The Backs Of Angels,” the first single from the upcoming album A Dramatic Turn Of Events, featuring new skinsman Mike Mangini (far left), which you can check out for yourself here.
So the question now is: Was it worth the wait?
Mike Portnoy’s New Band Debut Last Night In NYC
The reports are finally in. Following last night’s debut performance, Mike Portnoy’s new supergroup Adrenaline Mob has proved itself to be a metallic force to be reckoned with, and then again. The band – which also features guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo/Fozzy), vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist Mike Orlando (Sonic Stump), and bassist Paul DiLeo – brought down the packed house at Hiro Ballroom in New York City. Afterward, the drummer told noisecreep.com, “The show was electric! The live chemistry in this band is ridiculous. Everybody is a true performer — I cannot wait for people everywhere to feel the adrenaline!” Need proof? Check the video above.
Jack De Johnette Honored By NEA Jazz Masters Award
DeJohnette has performed with some of the greatest talents in jazz history, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, Lee Morgan, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, and Eddie Harris.
The other four 2012 Jazz Masters Award recipients are bassist Charlie Hayden, saxophonist Von Freeman, vocalist Sheila Jordan, and trumpeter Jimmy Owens. Each will receive a cash prize of $25,000, and will be honored at a ceremony in January at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederic P. Rose Hall in New York City. It will be the 30th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters Award, and sadly will also mark the final presentation, since the program has been terminated due to budget restraints.