Parent Category: Music Industry
In 2005, Drummer Cafe founder, Bart Elliott, initiated the very first recorded community drum solo on the Internet. Never before had drummers and percussionists from around the world come together via an online community to create and participate in group drum solo.
Why have a Community Drum Solo? "The purpose behind the event was my way of fostering community among the Drummer Cafe Community Forum members, and to further the art of drumming," says Bart Elliott. "Any drummer or percussionist, novice to professional, could particlpate — using the drum or percussion set-up of their choice."
What originally started (almost ten years ago) as audio recordings of individual drum/percussion solos spliced together to create a homogeneous community solo, is now a global video extravaganza.
In order to blend the drum grooves and/or solos into one composition, there has to be a common thread — an accompaniment track. "We could just use a click track with everyone playing their solo at the same tempo, but that doesn't create much unity or inspiration ... let alone a nice compositional blend," says Elliott. "This is why I've always put together some sort of loop or accompaniment track for everyone to solo over, or just groove to for a fixed length of time."
To get a better idea of what the Drummer Cafe Community Drum Solo is all about, watch the following performance from 2010.
Read more: 2013 Drummer Cafe Community Drum Solo
Parent Category: Featured Musician
Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader, Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton, died of unknown causes Monday, November 26, 2013 in New York; he was 92.
Born on September 20, 1921 in Los Angeles, Chico had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and six years with Lena Horne established this young West Coast prodigy as a jazz drummer on the rise, before striking out on his own as a bandleader in 1955.
Read more: Chico Hamilton (1921 - 2013)