We'll deal with drums first as that's what i do and also, hey, why not?
To be honest, I heard about this guy who plays vibes, drums, bass, and piano, and thought, yeah, right. No one can really do that much well. I mean sure I got it that he can play vibes early on by attending a show or two but even so. Not an amazing thing all by itself. But wait as there’s more; the truth is that, though I don’t know what he’s like as a bassist and think I’d need to play with him as I’m a drummer, in order too, decide, I can now say that – it’s not hype. He really plays great drums, and vibes. And I’d hire him as a pianist also assuming that that worked for all concerned. As a vibes player, he’s a bad-ass. As a drummer? Yeah, same thing. And to tell you the truth, I’d prefer him and his playing to allot of people in general. He’s got great time, a great sense of innovation, and yup, he’s not loud and or busy enough to trip my please, stop and or pick one or the other alarm. Lots of people are too busy for my taste, or too loud. Either one is fine give or take, but for my money, far too many drummers do the loud and busy thing both at once and together. Which though necessary for allot of band leaders, frankly it just isn’t my bag in terms of taste. But he somehow manages to be just the right amount of both as a drummer, while keeping my interest. Not as easy as you may think, I can assure you…
so my friend and one of my teachers now has a web site. And i can tell you this, which is that Gary is one of the somewhat few people in town who's drumming i always! enjoy hearing. Its hard to be or feel tired when he plays, no matter what kind of day you had. Though he's originally From Cleveland O, i for one am glad that he's chosen to continue to live here in the DC area.
J is the most recent example of someone who made me say - huh, if you can afford
him and find him first, give him a call, He's not the only one that gives me that feeling but, he's one of the very very few, and to tell the truth, I'm trying to sound and be more like him, give or take. He's not so all fired loud as are many drummers, and for my money, he just really has it goin' on. and he's just sounding better than ever.
His playin, usually a touch louder than j, is just excellent. if you're looking for something that is often the best of many worlds, Lenny might just be it. at least one Recording has Him playing with tenor sax man, Ron Hollaway that you may wish to seek out. He has something with his own trio now too that's great as well. He has a really beautiful slightly more open than the 1950's style that i use to try and emulate myself, a bit like Jimmy Cobb..
Though he's becoming equally known for his vibes playing, Chuck was originally and still is a dam good drummer, and actually, I've studied with him and Lenny both. His shows are always fun, partly because of his personality, and there aint nothing wrong with that. there are plenty of great records with him playing vibes that you might enjoy. Those would be recordings under Chucks name. also what he recorded with the late Guitarist Charlie Byrd,
you may wish to check in to all of those. You can find links For Lenny, and Chuck on my web site.
Robert, Brother of Chuck Redd, just mentioned is always managing to surprise me, but not in an alienating way as some do. Just when you think ok, i know who you are and what you'll do, he proves that i don't and it's always fun and musical when he's playing for you.
Keep an eye out for when he's playing as he's able to do anything musical at any instant, and - that's more than cool. I know this because we did a gig together, and he did that hey I’m right there with you no matter what you do thing even while playing the role of bassist at the same time.. It's clear that Jon has heard everything but, he does what's needed, when needed, not as easy as it sounds.
Any gig that has him as the pianist is a great time. He's very humble, and just really has it goin on. he Also does a good bit of gospel as well.
Always fun to hear and as good as any man and better than most of those who claim to play piano. What can I say, it's difficult to suppress emotion when you hear her play. She doesn't forget the blues in her playing and that's something that many of us appreciate very much.
He Plays some darn good piano and even sax and flute too. It's amazing how together some people can be as he's been doing the day job and family thing a lot too but, hey, for someone who is able to play for less than a small fortune, he's really got it going on pretty darn good. and yup, I say that as someone who has performed with him also
Paul recently passed This year - 2014 - we're sorry to say. He was a great guy and will be missed.
This is one guitarist who, was always musical and you certainly didn't notice the lack of a pianist if there was none around and To tell the truth you might as well know that when it comes to jazz, that's a lot of what goes in to my enjoyment of a guitarist.
He isanother one who you should check out when you can as he's just an all around good player who really knows allot as well. and, as a matter of fact, he studied ear training with an under discussed guy named Asher Zlotnic as did my buddy Justin Lees. In other words, it's a real musician who can really use their ear like those guys can; those who know how too as they've been trained as just mentioned.
This is another one you should really check out. Again, a truely humble funny guy and a really world class musician also.
He's a good guy and just really got it going on and really knows the music and it feels great playing with him. Saddly, that's much more difficult to find than one might suppose. If I were going to learn bass, He'd be on the top 3 or five people to study with in the DC Area for me.
The Late Butch Warren
Butch was known for being an amazingly musical presence on a good few Bluenote jazz recordings in the 1960's. Dexter Gordon's record entitled Go for example. he passed on October 5th of 2013. I can say that I am honored to have had the chance to play with him several times at various jam sessions and even a time or two on a gig of mine. Those occasions were a beautiful thing. He was all about just making the music happen. To me he'll always be the friendly giant who was never to good to chat with one of us regular guys. there's no denying that he really was just a great guy to have played with. You should definitely read more about him on the web site available at the link above, and also do yourself a favor and make sure that you have at least one record in your collection that has him playing bass as i certainly do.
Now, she's, doing something that's very exciting with her swingtopia Jazz octet. Let’s just say that it's a small big band that's a truely welcomed blast from the past as far as i'm concerned.
I sat in with him for a tune once and it was really nice, just a really beautiful thing he has going on there. to say nothing of the impressive resume.
Any time when he's on bass is a good time. He's again, friendly, funny, and everyone seems to just be having fun when he's playing and or around. Tommy can Often be found playing with Chuck Redd when possible.
He's someone who evidently knows and can play everything as he knows tons of songs, both jazz and scadds of famous and neglected tunes from here and Brazil. And he's ok with a drummer not being an electric clock too, which is always refreshing. You won't easily find anyone more musical than David. and I can say that from having played with him and from time spent getting to know him as well.
He plays some darn good bass, in terms of my taste in bassists at any rate.. and Actually, I sat in at a jam where he was the house bassist and, looking back, i recall that he was doing all the right stuff. Not too loud, not to this, not to that, just letting the music happen, and Not everyone seems able or willing to do that as I’ve found. and, like David J, he's a real musician as he knows tons of music by heart. Just very easy to play with which, is sadly lacking. No need to ask what I think right? :)
is also especially excellent at that no pushing no shoving, just letting the music happen with skill and grace thing.. Somewhat like Bhagwan and Zack,He just often has this beautiful light touch that a medium to quiet drummer like me really appreciates. He's not the only one who does but, he's one of the somewhat few who does. Or that's what it felt like to me when i sat in on a tune with him once.
she really has a great unique voice, and it's just hard to be bored when she sings i must say... Happy to have Anita King:
I've performed with her as well, and that was also great fun. She seems to have that rare thing going on where she is really connected to what i call her inner self. She kind of has this way of getting her thing across without killing you with brightness and loudness. Pitty not all vocalist or any kind of musicians get that; never the less, She just really is easy to hear, and impossible not to enjoy. very musical stuff
How about harmonica to start?
I just saw Phil Wiggins in concert and honestly, he's just the best of all words Ian in my correct opinion. He plays the heck out of the blues and plays plenty of jazz as well. Just a truly fun friendly bad-ass.
I say more about other Washington DC based musicians in another post, but its based more so on live performances I’ve enjoyed.