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Smooth Struttin' New Awlins Gumbo

I recently fell in love with a hip drum groove I heard/saw Cindy Blackman Santana perform at the beginning of Part 1 of her Interview Spotlight with Vic Firth. What I hear Cindy playing is a wonderful mix of New Orleans funk, latin and jazz influences all rolled into a fantastic feeling groove — I'm calling it her Smooth Struttin' New Awlins Gumbo.

Before I give you the recipe and break it all down for you, let me first give you a little taste of what Cindy's cookin' behind the drums!

Now that I've whet your appetite, let us look at the recipe (ie. music notation) of Cindy's performance along with all the necessary ingredients you'll need in order to cook up this tasty entrée for yourself.

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Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. His 39+ years in the music industry, over 100 albums to his credit, as well as his understanding of contemporary and classical music, makes him a complete and skilled master musician. A highly sought after drummer and percussionist, both live and in the studio, Bart is widely known as a top music educator, consultant and gifted teacher, appearing as a guest artist and clinician throughout the USA and abroad.

Bart Elliott is the founder and sole proprietor of DrummerCafe.com (f/k/a Drum Ring International) — established in December 1996.