DM with Jackson Browne at Yamaha's "Groove Night" - January '04
Pic Courtesy of ClayGreene@drum-news.com
New Tech Page added 11/6/04!
First and foremost.... on a sad note.
'If a measure of a musician is what they "say" when they play, it's obvious Elvin Jones was truly one of the great ones. God Bless Him. '
I hope wherever you are, you're sharing some of this good weather we're getting here on the east coast ... it's been a tough winter & i'm not alone in enjoying some respite from cold & rainy days ...
I thought this might be a good time for a brief update ... I visited the Chicago Vintage Drum Fair in mid-May & enjoyed indulging in one of my favorite hobbies ...
As you may have gathered, I had a good time late January in LA @ the ( NAMM show ) Yamaha "Groove Night" Although in some respects it's an intimidating scenario - "sitting in" for one song on a basically unfamiliar drum set while being watched by some of the worlds' greatest drummers (backstage) & some 600-plus drummers & music-industry folks out front in the theatre - I DID enjoy the whole event & am proud to have been invited to attend & celebrate the career & now retirement of Hagi, truly one of the drum worlds' great innovators. It's something I'll always remember fondly.
The February now-annual UK "Feast-of-Fiddles" tour was once again great fun. We had quite a few front-line changes due to the ubiquitous "schedule conflicts" , but despite that, FOF managed to rock-out (Errr - folk-out?) to much acclaim at venues various in the S. East once again. Plans are afoot to travel a little further afield (north of the Tottenham Court Rd.? Good grief!) in '05 - watch this space!
As well as a busy gig schedule
Friends closer to home here in Boston know that my ( & many peoples' ) friend, the wonderful bass player Richard Gates ( hear him on "No Brakes" , for example ) recently had a successful heart transplant.
Some of you may have heard / noticed that I'm not working with Mary Chapin Carpenter this year. One of the reasons for this is that at present there's too much activity for me 'round here.
Moving onto the equipment side of things - briefly so as not to put the non-players into a coma - I have to give kudos to my good friends (located disarmingly close here in Boston) @ the Zildjian cymbal company. I've been an endorser since '74 & reckon they're about the nicest group of people one could hope to meet. I'm flattered they have time to look after me whenever I visit ; when one considers the drummers that are associated with Zildjian & the ones who have visited the factory over the decades, it's a humbling experience.
Regards - DM
That long promised new pics page is coming soon .... do check in from time to time. This will including some shots from Yamaha's "Groove Night and some other interesting shots from the archives.