• This is a very fun episode where Rob Hart plays us multiple clips from a Tony Williams clinic that he tape recorded in 1982 in Boston. We break down each segment and Rob gives us his first hand experiences from being a student of Tony in the early 90's in the San Francisco Bay Area. We hear tony talk about his famous ride patterns, setting up his kit, hi-hat work, using brushes, and much more - and then each topic has a great explanation and discussion with Rob.
    Learn more about everything Rob has going on and to check out his great online courses - find him here:
    Rob Hart's main teaching website: robhartdrumstudio.com
    Rob's music courses site: rhdsmusiccourses.thinkific.com
    Enjoy this episode and be sure to check out the Patreon Bonus episode to hear examples of Tony mimicking Elvin, Art, and Max Roach and a great discussion with Rob. www.patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
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  • Prologix is celebrating 20 years of creating innovative and high quality practice pads that have become an industry standard. I sit down with company founder, Jason Edwards, about the origins of starting the company in his garage, then slowly growing the business, up to winning multiple "best in shows" at NAMM, to the modern days where Prologix are an international company that has some of the biggest names in the industry as endorsers.
    Jason also had a long relationship with the legendary Jim Chapin. He shares many great stories that give us a closer personal look at the moeller-stroke legend as a man, and a hand technician. A huge congrats goes to Jason and Andrew of Prologix and I am honored to share the story of this great company.
    Find Prologix Percussion online at https://prologixpercussion.com/ and be sure to use promo code: HISTORY20 to save 20% on everything site wide!

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  • Colin Hanton was the original drummer for the Quarrymen which featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison in Liverpool circa 1956. He shares the amazing story of first meeting John Lennon and then the group evolving and growing gig by gig and adding the other future Beatles as time went on. It is amazing to hear the difficulties they faced trying to scrape together money to buy instruments and afford a 2 song EP which is an incredible story all in itself. We cover when Colin left the group and Pete Best became the next Quarrymen drummer and then when things exploded with Ringo. Enjoy this great piece of musical history with a living legend!
    Check out Colins book here: https://www.amazon.com/Pre-Fab-Colin-Hanton-ebook/dp/B07D8TVG14
    Here is a link to Andy Dwyers shop, ADC Drums in Liverpool: adcdrums.co.uk
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  • A&F is celebrating their 5 year anniversary and Ramy Antoun, founder of the company, joins me to discuss the history of the company, his personal background as a successful drummer both on the road and in the studio. A&F is a one of a kind brand that has exploded in popularity in a very short time and stands out with the unique art deco designs and timeless inventions that Ramy is bringing to the drum world. Enjoy this great conversation with a true innovator in the community!
    Check out A&F here: https://www.anfdrumco.com
    Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Patreon bonus episode by becoming a member at patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
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  • In this special 100th episode, Bart gets interviewed by his brother, Spencer, and discusses his background in drumming, audio engineering and the podcast in general. I figure after 100 episodes I should probably let people know some more info about me and how I got to this point. Thanks so much to everyone who has enjoyed the show over the last few years, and shared it with friends, and sent me such great messages. I am just getting started and have a long way to go!
    Big thanks to my brother Spencer for interviewing me for this episode. We have played music together most of our lives and I couldn't think of anyone better to interview me. Be sure to check him out on social media @spencervanderzee to see his art and keep up with what he is doing.
    Next week we will return to regularly scheduled Drum History, but for now Enjoy this episode!
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  • Bryan is the founder of Dialtune drums and he tells us about some examples of cable tension drums that he discovered in his journey to create a modern day drum that is easily tuned with just two knobs. A cable tension drum by definition is a drum that uses a system of pulleys with cable or string/rope to make it possible to tune the drum using one point of tension, typically a knob or a key. The drums that Bryan teaches us about from his patent search are really remarkable, and I share my experiences with the amazing Dialtune snare drum that I have been using for the last few months.

    Check out Dialtune drums here - www.dialtunedrums.com

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  • Gil is a world renowned drummer who shares his deep passion and knowledge for Reggae drumming in this great episode. He takes us through all the sub genres such as ska, rocksteady, dub, and dancehall. Plus he teaches us about the legends in Reggae drumming such as Lloyd Knibb and Carlton Barrett and the gear that these Jamaican drummers would use when playing with icons such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lee Perry and many more.
    Here is some more info on Gil:
    Los Angeles native, Gil Sharone, is highly regarded as one of the most versatile session and touring drummers in the world, who is known for his creativity, authenticity and strong pocket. He is a multiple-time industry award winner as a drummer, but will often wear other hats as a co-writer, producer, and an educator/clinician.
    Gil came to notoriety in the rock world as a former member of  The Dillinger Escape Plan, Puscifer, Marilyn Manson, Stolen Babies and Team Sleep. However, he is widely known as an expert in other genres. Reggae, ska and rocksteady were part of his earliest influences along with jazz, funk, hip hop and fusion.
    Gil has established himself in the Jamaican drumming styles, authoring an award winning DVD and book entitled Wicked Beats, after playing with legends Eek-A-Mouse, HR of Bad Brains, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, Fishbone, Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra and more recently with Slightly Stoopid, Morgan Heritage, and his current reggae/dub outfit, Gil, Migs and Rog.

    Gil is also an active member of a genre bending music collective, Saudade, where you can hear his jazz fusion collaborations with jazz greats John Medeski, David Torn, Robert Thomas Jr., Dr. Know and Chuck Doom.

    Gil’s work further extends into the film/television world, working with composers Tyler Bates and Paul Haslinger. His work can be heard in Deadpool 2, Guardians of The Galaxy 2, all three John Wick movies, The Punisher (Netflix), Kingdom and Stumptown. He has also contributed both as a player and co-writer on the DC Comics: Dark Nights Metal Soundtrack, and his most recent work can be heard in the musical score for the live action Cirque du Soleil show, R.U.N.
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  • Bill takes us back over a thousand years to learn the origins of rope tension drums and how the technology evolved over the centuries. We learn about shell construction, head types, guts and snare history, and much much more. Bill is a wealth of information and is the man behind Calderwood Percussion. He is a master drum builder and an all around great musician on many instruments.
    Check out Calderwood Percussion here: https://www.calderwoodpercussion.com/
    Be sure to check out the Patreon bonus episode this week because Bill gives us the amazing story of how he made drums for Hamilton the musical and the gigantic bass drum he recently created.
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  • Jim is an extremely respected music critic on the radio, but he is a drummer at his core. He shares his passion and knowledge of acrylic drums with us starting in 1959 with Zickos, into the 70's with Fibes, and the explosion of popularity with the Vistalites thanks to John Bonham. We discuss the evolution of acrylic shell construction, the color varieties of the extremely unique Ludwig stripe kits, the players who made these drums famous like Billy Cobham and Karen Carpenter, and tons of other great info
    Check out Jims website and his 2002 Modern Drummer article on acrylic drums: http://www.jimdero.com/News2002/ClearDrumsModernDrummer.html

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  • Steve takes us through all the decades of Ludwig bass drum pedals starting in 1909 with the iconic first commercially produced bass drum pedal that completely changed the world of drumming, up to the modern re-introduction of the Speed King. Steve is a passionate collector of Ludwig bass drum pedals and wrote a new book called "The Ludwig Line: Bass Drum Pedals" that is full of detailed descriptions and photos of his collection that covers most everyLudwig pedal that was ever made. He is only missing a few "holy grail pedals" that he describes in this episode.
    Shoot Steve an email here to get a copy of his Ludwig Pedals book: sazemanek1@hotmail.com 
    Be sure to check out the Patreon bonus episode this week to hear more great conversation with Steve Zemanek
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  • John was a student of Alan Dawson for many years and shares many of his experiences with Alan and a great spotlight on the life of this truly legendary teacher. We hear what it was like to walk into the room and learn from Alan Dawson using his extremely musical and innovative techniques. Alan would squeeze the absolute most out of books such as Syncopation and Stick Control, along with countless other ways that teaching Alan became the icon he is today.
    John Ramsay is the former chair of the percussion department at Berklee College of Music and a veteran performer with groups such as Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers and many more. He is also an author and educator with a deep appreciation and respect for his former teacher, Alan Dawson!
    Enoy this episode and be sure to check out Johns Patreon bonus episode by supporting the show at www.patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
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  • Nick and I discuss 11 different popular cymbal myths in this episode, many of which were submitted by listeners of the podcast! We cover things such as "old cymbals are always better", "hand hammering is automatically good", "covering my cymbal in ketchup makes it sound better", and many more. This is a really fun episode where I learned a ton from my pal Nick Margarite aka NickyMoon.
    Nick is a great independent cymbal maker based out of New Jersey and the man behind NickyMoon cymbals. Check out his awesome work at https://www.nickymoon.com/
    Here is a quick link to Nicks previous Drum History episode about The History of Cymbal Making - https://www.drumhistorypodcast.com/post/ep-65-the-history-of-cymbal-making-with-nick-margarite-nickymoon
    Visit drumhistorypodcast.com/episodes and click this episode to see Nicks outline for this episode.

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  • A Military Tattoo is a ceremony that dates back to the early 17th century in the Netherlands when Drummers would notify the soldiers at the local bars at 9:30pm that it is time to return to the barracks. This was known as "Doe Den Tap Toe " or "Turn Off The Taps". This tradition continued and evolved over the centuries to be a nightly ceremony that was designed to entertain in the summer months, Fast forward to modern days and it is a worldwide, mega event that celebrates the best drummers and musicians around the globe.
    Mark is a master rudimental drummer and an extremely seasoned performer in the world of Tattoo's. This is a great episode about a topic that I knew absolutely nothing about. Mark is a great guy with a huge passion for drumming.
    Here is the Washington Tattoo Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheWashingtonTattoo/
    Check out the Washington Tattoo Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-washington-tattoo-podcast/id1526474988

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  • This is the full history of Bosphorus Cymbals - A traditional handmade Turkish cymbal brand that has been around since 1996, but has what seems like centuries of knowledge and expertise. The tale of Bosphorus is tied into the other major company that originated in Turkey that we all know about, but once they left the country many cymbal makers were left with a mastery of the art and that knowledge was passed on to the founders of Bosphorus Cymbals.
    Check out Bosphorus here: http://www.bosphoruscymbals.com/
    And be sure to visit your local drum shop and play some Bosphorus Cymbals!
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  • Nicholas and I dissect 9 amazing audio examples of 1920's drummers including Zutty Singleton, Baby Dodds, Gene Krupa and many other greats in this episode. We also talk about that bizarre restrictions that were placed on drummers in the 20's in recording studios which is a fascinating and not largely known topic. We talk gear, playing styles, and the great musicians of the day and lots of other great information along the way.
    Nicks website is a great resource for everything you want to know about 1920's drummers - https://drumsinthetwenties.com/
    Be sure to check out Nick's latest release with the King Oliver Project - https://vitalityfive.bandcamp.com/album/the-king-oliver-project?fbclid=IwAR0I4s1-VFIIYI91_hDpCav2_A7hw1ZaPH1vvRyzCOT8O7_JC6-k6m8j-BU
    Here is the track listing of the songs we discuss in this episode:
    1 - A Band Contest - John Lucas with Earl Fuller 1917
    2 - Hot Lips - Unknown drummer with Synco Jazz Band 1922
    3 - Washboard Blues - Jasper Taylor with Jimmie O Bryant 1925
    4 - Willie The Weeper - Baby Dodds with Louis Armstrong's Hot 7 1927
    5 - Eccentric - Vic Berton with Red Nichols 1927
    6 - Kansas City Stomps - Tommy Benford with Jelly Roll Morton 1928
    7 - Fireworks - Zutty Singleton with Louis Armstrong's Hot 5 1927
    8 - Alabama Stomp - Vic Berton with Red Nichols 1927
    9 - 9 Shimmy-Sha-Wabble - Gene Krupa with Miff Mole 1928
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  • This is an in-depth look at Electronic Drums dating back to the 1960's with Justin Greenawalt of 65 Drums on YouTube. Justin has an incredible passion and knowledge for e-drums and he has done tons of research to understand the full history of the instrument and shares it with us to cover each decade of the history and we end with discussing what we can look forward to in the future of electronic drum kits.

    Here are the links to Justin's extremely detailed and great videos on the history of e-drums that sparked this episode:
    Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7QOOckjHE0
    Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCJX0b-v1Kw
    Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5PrMTCvk_0
    Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTsCqxkYzMM
    Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDqlWiJJVtY&t=701s
    Part 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nqLgyGFQ7o

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  • Tony Williams began playing professionally at the young age of 13, but he gained international attention when he joined the Miles Davis Quintet at age 17. My guest, Dave Goodman, wrote his 100,000 word doctoral thesis on Tony and we have condensed all that great information into an hour long episode that covers Tony's early life, lessons with Alan Dawson, rise to fame, evolution of his equipment, and everything you would want to know about the great Tony Williams.
    Dave Goodman is located in Sydney Australia and is a professional drummer, educator and clinician. You can find Dave at his home on the web - www.davegoodman.com.au
    You can download Daves full doctoral thesis here: https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/7797
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  • Tama's parent company, Hoshino Gakki, dates back 113 years to 1908 in Japan where it started a book and sheet music seller. Hoshino then entered the world of distribution and later instrument production with the Spanish guitar brand - Ibanez. Hoshino didn't enter the drum world until the early 60's as Star Drums, and the world was never the same. Star was a leader in the "Made in Japan" revolution of drums, until the 1970's when star transitioned to Tama Drums and they became a major player in the world of professional drums.
    John Palmer, Sales Strategist at Hoshno USA, tells us all about the way that Tama came roaring onto the drum scene and gave the American brands a scare and changed things forever. Tama is one of the most innovative brands in the history of drums and brought things to market such as booming cymbal stands, gong bass drums, octobons, and tons of other great innovations. This episode is full of really great information from every era of Tama. It has been a long time in the works and I am very glad to have it out in the world!
    Check out everything Tama has to offer at: www.tama.com
    The book I mentioned in this episode is not available for purchase but I will update everyone if Tama makes it more widely available.

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  • Freddie Gruber is known as the teacher of iconic drummers such as Neil Peart, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, and my guest Bruce Becker. Freddie has somewhat of a mysterious background that wasn't well documented, but Bruce fills us in on what is known about his life and career, plus many great stories of what it what it was like to be on the inner circle of his friends. Freddie was a real character of a person and you really get a feel for that with this episode.
    Bruce Becker is legendary teacher in his own right and really had one of the closest relationships with Freddie possible. If you would like to learn more about Bruce and take lessons with him, check out his website: www.brucebecker.com
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  • Mike takes us back to the advent of the drum set and how people would learn to play in the early 1900's and how things have and haven't changed over the years. We go through each advancement in education including face to face lessons, lessons on records (LP's), drum books with CD's, drum tapes and DVD's, online lessons, and what the future holds for the world of drum lessons.
    Mike Johnston is a leader in the world of online drum lessons and has a contagious passion for education. Check out everything Mike is doing at his website: Mikeslessons.com
    Also, Mike hung around and recorded a bonus episode with me with tips and tricks on how to create better online lessons and drum videos. Sign up for patreon at www.patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast and get all the bonus episodes!
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