Saturday, June 25, 2011

Speaking As A Drummer...

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  •    I once needed to brush up  on a tune for a gig, and the tune was called, You can Depend on me. Now,aside from the fact that, different tempo's can do something radically different to a tune, just think of how much better certain shows and even records might have been if there had been a bigger variety of tempos during the proceedings; and i don't mean every possible tempo, just one or two more instead of only one or three during the course of a show. Not that it matters so much, just something i enjoy worrying about personally.
     Ok; Here's a fast instrumental rendition of the song from tennor sax man, Dexter Gordon.

       very excellent, and, even as a drummer, I can't find anything to complain about, with this drummer.  Now that I'm an extremely old and wise 43 years of age, if I wanted to complain I'd say that, though it's A tad long, it makes for excellent listening.
    Listen to this next, a vocal version to get another take, a medium type of groove. This is a nice tempo, though the vocalist, perhaps, better than his band doesn’t seem to wanna be known by last name or something;)

       or whoever posted it was worried about being spanked for stealing the tune from the vocalist, funny either way i'd say. very amusing, I'm very amused:-) if you couldn't tell... He's probably a good singer.
       Then there's Nat King Cole taking it slooow, not painful slow but, just slow enough to be a nice change,

       Maybe this is a good time for me to recommend the Music that Nat recorded during and around 1947, as it's at a level even higher than any of his more famous tunes in my correct oppinion. There are three or so CD's of that, and they are part of a series all titled by the years that the disc covers.
       Tennor Sax man Erick Alexander once did a gig at Blues Alley that was excellent, I'm saying this as someone who was in the audience. However, it seemed as if there were, two different tempos during the entire evening and, though it is hard to complain about that night, that's the one thing that might have helped, just a bit more of a variety in terms of tempo and it would have gone from being a dam good night to being the perfect evening. Or at least that's this drummer's perspective on that very excellent evening..

       Well; I  hope that you enjoyed this as really isn't it always more fun when we can share our love and interests with the world. After all, who has time to know about everything without occasional input from someone else. So You can now consider yourself oficialy encouraged to go out and see somelive jazz, or buy some good recordings and enjoy a night in. Just don't forget to make time to enjoy and support  the jazz that you love, whatever that means for you.
    Suggestions for purchasing Drums and more:

    if your able to visit upper Marlboro MD, it maybe worth the trip to visit David at
    East Coast Drums
    he's got a great sellection of drums and more and the service is first rate.
       OH and, let me suggest that, when it comes to music supplies and new instruments, you check out Chuck Levins, also known as The Washington Music Center at the link below as that's where i go to buy my music supplies. Located in Wheaton MD, they just are where it's at when it comes to a selection of new instruments, repairs, adn and supplies. And, as a matter of fac, they're so big that, they even sell to other stores at times. And They're a family owned business, which i often prefer.

       However, for used instruments, You should check out Atomic Music. I currently own and play some drums and cymbals that have been purchased from there and they're a wonderful resource for musicians in our local DC Metro area. Located in Beltsville MD,Check them out at the link below.

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Music And Event Related Links

    Serving the Washington DC, Maryland, and Verginia area, We're Ian Dylan Music. below is the list of links to our main site and below that are some resources that may be of use to you no matter if you use us or not. Have a wonderful! day and enjoy!
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  • for help in hiring the right jazz band, consider the link below

    For the best in Latin, Keroke, and more, Check out luisa and Ken.
     their two entities are
    Blinkie's Karaoke, and, Luisa and The Reverbs 
    they play for;
    * Restaurants * Private Parties * Special Occasions and the like.

    for your home music listening pleasure:

    if you live in the Washington DC metro area, and your an audio file as i am, then check out the Capital audio fest which happens anually. Heck, even seeing what happened last year is a real rush! Actually going? well, priceless.....

    You may wish to learn mmore about creating a good stereo system, or helping someone else to do so. or, You may wish to help save the stereo as we know or use to know it. if so, check out the link below.

    DC Productions is a full service entertainment company, offering representation of various artists not our forte and much much more. They even have a lot to offer including a venue which is available for private events

    the people below if you seek a wedding venue: 

    Elegant Wedding Venue‎

     Or the link below for some of your wedding fassion needs: 

     For many forms of entertainment not our forte, consider the good peple of M S E Productions. They have dancers, dj's, and much much more.

     Similarly, Maryland Party offers more and other music entertainment items of interest,.

    Maryland Party Home - Entertainment, Performers, Nightclubs, and ...

     Anyone in the DC area who wishes to learn more about playing jazz as a musician should consider this educational program.
    Speaking of something educational, which is more national, check out Judy Carmichael's radio show called Jazz Enspired:

     For some good info regarding live jazz around town, check out the writings in the Washington City Paper below:

    for a spiritual, and unique take on jazz, check out the people of Fruition and their "new thought jazz":
    For a modern and very musically fun take on jazz, check out Pulp Fusion and their leader, Clayton Englar:
    On the other hand, when your ear craves something else, check out some of the best R n' B I've ever heard.. We're blessed to have Adonis aka Progress here in the dc area. He plays piano, sings well, and raps, and writes a dam good song.

    also, check out great Country Roots music with Ruthie And The Wranglers, you can't have more fun anywhere.:

    my guitarist buddy Glenn Wiser has a really cool rock tune called Walk Right Back, though that's not the only cool tune he's got.

    also check out my fello drummer friend Evan Jacobson. who does rock of all kinds and even some darn good jazz as well. He even has a rap song that you should get. It's funny you'll see. and oh yeah, he cooks up a storm as well. And, who knows, you might even be able to hire him to cook for your event some time.

    Also, Learn about DC area musicians and bands not covered in my blog here:

      also here at the Washington Area Music Association

      And last but not least, just in case you haven't read our post on pricing, here's a link that has a discussion of how we arrive at a price for a trio or quartet for your special event.

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