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Artist News & Happenings - 1998 - 1999
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Terry Santiel

I'm in the good old US of A. Well if you didn't know I've been on tour this whole year with two artists. Yes, I've been doing two tour at the same time and they haven't at this point clashed yet. Keep your fingers X's. Oh!! Barry White and Mary J. Blige are the artists. I spent a lot of time this year in New York...


Danny Reyes

... new album San Rafael 560 (with brother Walfredo Reyes, Jr and father Walfredo Reyes, Sr) was just released on my Sabor Records web site
Also currently completing a five-city tour with Stevie Nicks in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The group from San Rafael 560 will also be performing at the NAMM convention at the Sabian party February 4, 2000, in Los Angeles.


Bernard Purdie

... happy holidays to you too. See you at NAMM. My new CD "Get It While You Can" just got released in November. Peace always ... Bernard


Bobby Graham

... in the 1960`s I was one of the UK`s team of elite session men, and I now have the title of the most recorded drummer in Europe having played on over 12000 titles including "The Kinks - You Really Got Me", ALL the Dave Clark 5 hits, Petula Clarks Hits inc "Downtown" and many many more.

I am still playing and even though i am approaching the coda of my life at the age of 60 next March 11th, I am still having a great musical time!

One of my biggest ambitions is still to play in the states, although I have played all over the world I have never played in America and would love to bring my band to play there...

Maybe there is somebody out there in Drumland that might be able to help?



Jorge Bermudez

... I have a CD due out this spring which will feature performances by Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Raul Rekow, etc. The tracks are coming out wonderful! Although It is not a instrumentalist feature CD, I have had the good fortune to write with some good songwriters...

Happy Holidays, Jorge


Sean O'Rourke

Thanx for the card. Things are going well. I just got back from 11 days in Jamaica with my wife. Work is good, while in town I'm hitting with Francine Reed of Lyle Lovett along with Henry Parilla of the Platters. I will be doing something called the super jam in January which will include Oteil Burbridge on bass, Leo (the guitar player from the meters) Ivan Neville on keys, Michael Ray on trumpet and myself on drums. The Aquarium Rescue Unit are planning on releasing the new record in April with a tour to follow...


Steve Reid

... this last year on our 110 city tour. I have just started writing for my 5th release due out this next summer and am enjoying a little R&R for the holidays. The boys and I are playing in Orlando FL at Universal's City Stages, for the millenium celebration. We will be there from Dec 29 through Jan 2nd if your in town please come by and say Hi.

I am honored to have been nominated for Percussionist of the Year and will be attending the Annual Smooth Jazz Awards in Texas on January 28th... You can vote on line please stop by at: http://www.oasisawards.com/nom.html please cast your vote for your favorite jazz musicians and bongo player ('-')...

... I am very excited to announce we have a couple of special guests joining us next year on tour. The incredible Richard Smith, on guitar and on select dates Maxine Nightingale, will be gracing the stage with us: and wait till you hear her sing!!!

Please visit the web site for concert dates and other fun news from Bamboo Forest.


John Favicchia

Thanks for the emails and for linking our sites together.

Well, my first cd "WORLD TIME" (Dean Brown - Guitar; Bob Malach - Sax; Jerry Brooks - Bass; Jeff Haynes - Percussion; Tony Kadleck - Trumpet; John Favicchia - Drums) has run its course and I am starting to do my second one. So, the last few months have been great over here. I am in total recording mode. I am trying to stay focused on the couple of recording projects I am doing. I actually turned down a 3-week tour in Europe so I can be home and focused on the CD. Some more good news is I met with the great Bassist Harvie Swartz the other day and he is going to play on my next CD as well as write a few tunes for it!!!!!! Check out his site @ http://www.jazzcorner.com/swartz/. Also his new CD came out in October. Its called Eye Contact and it is BURNING ...

Some great news is that Chieli Minucci is going to contribute a tune for the CD ...! I have always loved his writing for his group Special EFX. It will be an honor to have one of his tunes on my CD! Some more great news this month is I now endorse GMS Drums. I got the set and it is killen!

Well,thats it for now..Please stop by my web site and say hello. I wish everyone a great holiday and a very happy 2000


Rob and Paul and Hudson Music

Happy Holidays from Rob and Paul and Hudson Music.

...1999 was a busy year for us.

Hudson Music released its first video in February and has since released 9 videos. In addition, we have produced our first CD, which will be released by Concord Records (in association with Stretch Records) in February. It is called the Hudson Project, and is a band made up of John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci and Bob Mintzer.

Also in February 2000, we will release a new video with Carter Beauford / Victor Wooten and in April, a book / audio and video with Tito Puente.

If you have not had a chance, please check out our website.


Peter Soter update

Pete has come back remarkably well. He can actually speak in a very low whisper which is a miracle considering the damage he sustained. The surgeon said the emergency room doctor who operated on him made the difference between not talking at all and the slight whisper he has now. His wrists have healed although one had to be re-broken because it did not heal properly the first time. He has a problem with sufficient air flow and he gets winded easily but they are hoping to correct that in future operations. His spirit remains pretty good and he has actually sat in and played (one-handed!) with his other wrist in a cast. We look forward to seeing him back in the saddle fully in another 6-8 months although his voice will never return.

Peter would appreciate getting mail/pictures/videos/etc. from any of his drumming buddies. The store will gladly forward all correspondence to Peter at the following address:

Peter Soter c/o Alpha Music 3234 Va. Beach Blvd. #103 Virginia Beach, VA 23452


Peter Erskine

The latest news re: touring and recording ... Big News! "Sweet Soul" is back! This highly acclaimed recording from 1991 features Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Marc Johnson, Kenny Werner, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker and myself playing the music of Vince Mendoza, Kenny Werner, Dave Brubeck, Kurt Weilland, Sir William Walton and Erskine. Fuzzy Music is proud to announce the licensing of this CD from BMG Records in Japan .. a generous 74+ minutes of classic jazz music made in New York during a most formative time in all of the above musicians' playing careers. Check it out, and get some "Sweet Soul" into your life!

ALSO: for a limited time only, if you order any TWO items from our Fuzzy Music site, you'll receive a FREE "History of the DRUM" cassette, and if you order any THREE items from Fuzzy, you'll receive a FREE "History of the DRUM" CD!!!


Sean O'Rourke

Hey now,

I think the last time I saw you was in the village. I got married and moved back to Atlanta. I've been playing with the Aquarium Rescue Unit since '96 and have been hitting with Mothers Finest since this summer. I have a website set up with pictures and an audio page. I'd love to here from you.

Just an update... I did all of the bumpers for the new Turner channel " Turner South" and I just did the new NBA commercial for Turner. Both audio and video so I will be on TV for a while. I've also got some Mothers Finest dates coming up in November. I believe it's the 12th ,13th,and 14th. Chattanooga, Macon, and Atlanta(Variety Playhouse)

Stay in touch


Ernie Durawa

Hi Pam, Short note to let you know I am on my way to LA to tape the "Latino Music Awards" show. I will play one tune with the Texas Tornados. We tape on Thursday night and I believe it will air Nov.10... also on the show is Ricky Martin & Jennifer Lopez. Hope you are doing well. I have been swamped with gigs. Just returned from Italy about a month ago.

Take Care,



MB Gordy

Pam and El Negro,

I thought it was time to say hello again.. Sounds like all is well with you guys. We had our daughter Nika this past February. She's now 8 months old and doing great!!!!!! Our son Julian who is 2 yrs & 8 months is great as well and way into drumming. I think we have a natural on our hands. Work has been good. I worked on Stigmata earlier this year as well as Happy Texas just to name a few. I've been doing regular stints On the King of Queens and King of the Hill and a bunch of playing with The Lori Andrews Jazz Harp Quartet, Brian Pezzone and I just started Working with Freeflight.. So no complaints here. Keep in touch Hope to see you at NAMM this year



Sam Rodriguez

I guess we'll all finally have to admit that summer is over.. Hey, there's nothing to complain about though. I mean summer was a seriously good time. I've play a lot festivals, with some great musicians, and singers, and played at many special events.. I did over 100 dates during the summer.. Hangs out with friends like, Marc Quinones (Allman Brothers) Horacio Hernandez, David Sanchez, & Eguie Castrillo. I'm also on several great releases, Elizabeth De Jesus ( great spanish cd), Roselyn Jordan, yes, it's Michael Jordan's sister & some McDonald jingle. As always, thanks for the ongoing support and be sure to check into my upcoming web site for latest pics and updates.

see you soon.


Van Romaine

It's great to get these updates on you. You have a blessed life. It's been a long ass time since I've seen you and I'd love to hookup with you if you ever get back to NYC. Just spent 4 months in Europe touring with German pop star Nena and doing clinics then flew to London with the Steve Morse Band who were featured guests with the London Symphony Orchestra at The Royal albert Hall... it was incredible. Home for a while patiently awaiting the birth of our first child (due Nov. 4th)

Keep in touch. Van


Steve Smith

Hello Everyone, Steve Smith here sending out some info on some new releases.

Hudson Music has just released a new video called "A Salute to Buddy Rich." This features Phil Collins and Dennis Chambers playing with the Buddy Rich Big Band and yours truly playing with Buddy's Buddies. We recorded this last December at the Manhattan Center in NYC and it was quite an exciting event.

The Tone Center CD release "Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies" will be in the stores on September 21, but I'll send out another press release with more info before that...

To sign-up for Steve's monthly email update... send email to Steve

Click here for more info on Steve's video from Hudson Music.


John Ferraro

Its been a fun and busy summer of doing gigs with David Benoit and Promise Keepers . We will be in New Jersey at Meadowlands on Oct.2,3 and Tampa Bay Stadium oct.8, 9 with Promise Keepers also doing some local work with Pat Kelley for a new jazz record trio with Pat on guitar and Ernest Tibbs on bass. Just did some tv music for Good Morinig America and the new Saturn car commercial. New Years gig will be in Laguna Beach with David Benoit at the Ritz Carlton. That's about it for now.

all the best


Tony Coleman

How you doin? Fine I hope. And me, well life is good for me. I am on my own and lovin it. I put together the Tony Coleman band, finishing tracking and starting to mix this Sunday up in Vancouver,CN my second C.D. I have been doin clinics for Sabian Cymbals, Shure Mics, Pearl Drums, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, D.W. Pedals and Remo Drumheads, around the country. My music is Blues with a twist of Funk, Rock, Jazz, and all in between. All the things I like. I will have a tape for you in the very near future. I plan to tour as much as I did with B.B. King, only this time for me and my band. I also plan to do more drum clinics next year. Well hope to hear from you soon. Tony Coleman say BYE BYE for now.


Gar Samuelson

Gar Samuelson, original Megadeth drummer, died at his home in Orange City, FL on Wed, July 14, 1999. Cause of death was undiagnosed complications to the liver.

Samuelson was a member of Megadeth during their beginning days and went on to record the gold LP, "Killing is My Business, and Business is Good," for Relativity Records and the multi-platinum, "Peace Sells, But Who's Buying" for Capitol Records. He performed with the band on tours in the US, Asia & Europe.

Samuelson was born in Dunkirk, NY in 1958. He played in various bands in the upper New York State area prior to moving to CA in the late 70's where along with friend Chris Poland, formed and performed with The New Yorkers, a jazz band that had great success in those live music circles. He was a member of Megadeth from 1983 through 1987. For the past several years, Samuelson resided in Orange City, FL where he built, owned & operated a custom recording studio.

Guitarist Chris Poland was both a lifelong friend as well as a bandmate of Samuelson during the New Yorker and Megadeth years. "He was a true friend. Everything I know about time, rhythm and feel I learned from Gar, so I'll always hear his voice in my music."

A memorial service will take place Sat, July 31, 1999 at 9:30 AM, Lankford Chapel, 190 South Holly Avenue, Orange City, FL. 32763. 904-775-2244. Flowers are encouraged. Purple was his favorite colour.


Julio Figuero

Hi there!!! I'm just getting back from a busy weekend playing with famous japanese salsa singer "Nora" (RMM recording artist), former lead singer with "La orchestra de la luz". Check me out playing timbales on her new video "Tratame como soy". Besides the two tv shows "Cuanto cuesta el show", monday to friday from 6 to 7 pm on KHWX channel 22 , and "Chiqui show", on Sundays at the same time on the same station, I will be playing on.... Thurs 10, with Brazilian singer "Alessa" at Padri in Agoura Hills, starting at 8 pm. Fri 11, and sat 12, with my band "Khana" at Alegria in Long Beach, starting at 9 pm. Sun 13 with BMG recording artist "Jose Manuel Figueroa" in North Carolina. Fri 18, and Sat 19, in Mexico and Sun 20 in Salinas, Ca with "Jose Manuel Figueroa". Wed 23, Thurs 24, and Fri 25, with Caiman recording artist, and Billboard hot shot "Javier" (Julio Iglesias son) in Miami at the Miden convention. Sat 26, with "Khana" at St. Marks in Venice,Ca, starting at 9 pm.


Peter Soter - John Van Ness - DW

Hello to all, I'm sending this e-mail to make you you aware that we nearly lost a drumming brother recently. Peter Soter, long time drum shop employee at Alpha Music in Virginia Beach was recently hospitalized after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car. I don't know the exact extent of all of his injuries, but both wrists were quite badly broken, and his larynx was crushed. Doctors say he was nearly decapitated, and that he may eventually speak with the aid of a voice box. Because he was a part-time employee, he had no medical insurance. The store is hosting a sale this Sunday May 23rd. All profits from in-stock product purchases made Sunday will go directly to helping cover Peter's medical expenses. Many manufacturers have donated products, and all of the proceeds from the sale of these donated items will go directly to his medical expenses as well

On a personal note, please forward this e-mail to any artists or other industry persons that you feel would take the time to write Peter a card or letter to help him get through this very difficult time. He is a great guy, and I'm sure would appreciate getting mail/pictures/videos/etc. from any of his drumming heros. The store will gladly forward all correspondence to Peter at the following address:

Peter Soter c/o Alpha Music 3234 Va. Beach Blvd. #103 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Thanks to all for taking the time to read this, and for anything you can do. Best regards, John Van Ness


Warren Odze

...good to hear from you! Right now I'm doing a Broadway show "The Civil War". I'm also finishing up a cd with Dion, and doing the NY runaround.

Hope you're having fun on that lake...

Keep in touch



Dear Drummers of the World,

We recently sent you a notice of our intention to bring together drummers from around the world on September 25 and create OnePulse. The idea was first conceived to bring Drumming Around the World and World Artists for Tibet together so that we can maximize the impact we can have on the world community. While we realized that Drumming around the World is always on the fourth Sunday in August, we thought it may be a good idea to change the date, just for this one year, to September 25, so that we can include more people who may typically be on vacation or out of their normal communities during the summer months. We applied to Guinness World Records to document the drumming circle we were planning in New York, and have been accepted by them for documentation of the biggest drum circle ever. When we sent out our notice, we received numerous complaints that people did not want to change from the fourth Sunday of the month. We, therefore, have decided to keep it true to the yearly date of the fourth Sunday, and we will combine our efforts to have it be on August 22nd. We have gotten a permit for Central Park for that day and the Guinness people are still on board. It just so happens that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be speaking in Central Park the Sunday before (August 15). This will give us a great opportunity to promote our event. Our desire is to have as many people participate as we possibly can, both around the world and in New York. Anything you can do to promote this event will be embraced, and celebrated. We are eagerly waiting to hear from you. Looking forward to Rocking the World Together.

Drumming Around the World
World Artists for Tibet (www.art4tibet1998.org)


Big Congrats to the National Heritage fellows for 1999 selected by the National Endowment for the Arts...

... "outstanding artists ... who have dedicated their lives to preserving, reviving and celebrating this country's living cultural heritage,'' said NEA Chairman Bill Ivey.

Drummer Frisner Augustin promotes Haitian music throughout the hemisphere with a group called ``La Troupe Makandal.'' He has taught at Columbia University and New York University, toured extensively and made four commercial recordings.

...drummer Zakir Hussain. His specialty is the tabla drum of northern India, an expertise learned from his father. At 7, he began a career that has spanned four decades and several continents to his home in San Anselmo, Calif.

Elliott Mannette of Morgantown, W.Va., works in the steel drum tradition and has been called ``the father of the modern steel band.''


Percussionist James Blades Dies

(as printed in The Associated Press)

LONDON (AP) -- James Blades, a symphonic percussionist whose most widely heard work was banging out a V-for-victory for the BBC's wartime broadcasts, has died at age 97.

He also recorded the sound of the gong that was featured in the opening credits of films by the J. Arthur Rank studios.

Blades died at his home in Cheam on May 19, his family said. The cause of death was not announced.

He was proud of his recording of the Morse code for ``V'' which was played up to 150 times a day at the start of British Broadcasting Corp. broadcasts to occupied Europe.

``That was the greatest noise I ever made,'' Blades said. ``I recorded it by beating an African tom tom that I bought in a junk shop for a fiver.''

Blades began drumming with a circus, then in cinemas. In 1982, he joined the London Film Society Orchestra. During the war he began playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and later with the English Opera Group, the Aldeburgh Festival and the English Chamber Orchestra.

He wrote ``Percussion Instruments and Their History,'' published in 1970, and two volumes of autobiography.

He is survived by his wife, Joan. A private funeral was planned.


Nazareth's Darrell Sweet Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

(as printed in the Music Business Daily )

Darrell Sweet, 51, drummer of the Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack on April 30th as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour.

The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana when Sweet began feeling ill. Within minutes Sweet went into cardiac arrest, and was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sweet was a founding member of Nazareth, a band whose career has spanned 30 years. In the 1970's, they hit big in the States with "Love Hurts" and "This Flight Tonight," and with albums like "Hair OF The Dog," "Razamanaz" and, "Expect No Mercy." The band continued to tour worldwide through the 90's, and their latest album "Boogaloo" was released in North America in January of this year by CMC International Records.

Mr. Sweet is survived by his wife, Marion, his son Michael and his daughter, Maxine. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.

A memorial fund has been set up in Darrell's name to provide music lessons and instruments for deserving children from his home area of Burntisland/Kirkcaldy. In lieu of sending flowers, etc. the family would appreciate donations to be sent to:

c/o Nazareth Dunfermline Ltd.
27 Munro Street
Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1PY

For more info, please email steve@paradiseartists.com


Kenwood Dennard

Just Advance.com: Eatin' Beat ... thanks , Pam, for the newsletter. All's you need is a cell phone and a 56k cellular compatible modem ... 3com makes one, then you can get on the internet while on the beach. I just did a packed concert during the Berklee College of music world percussion festival .The festival also included Chad Smith, Casey Schuerell, Dave Disenso of Two Ton Shoe etc. My Performance was 4-1-99. I performed with my new project Human Face featuring students: Matt Makrinos (spoken word) Kyle Salvatore (bass) and Tobias Enhus(keyboards)... I also just finished a week at Sweet Basil's in NYC with the Gil Evans Orchestra 4-13- to 4-18- 1999, Hiram Bullock, Delmar Brown, Gil Goldstein, Chris Hunter, Alexnder Sipiagin were featured.
Bye! :-)


Julio Figuero

... May will be a busy month! Besides the tv shows: "Cuanto cuesta el show", Monday to Friday, and Sundays from 6 to 7 pm pacific time on kwhy-tv, and "Desde Hollywood" Sunday nights from 7 to 8 pm pacific time on Galavision, I will be playing live: with my group "Khana", with Brazilian Singer "Alessa", and with Latin stars "Alvaro Torres" (Emi-Odeon recording artist), and the hot new singer "Javier" as his musical director. Javier's father is Latin heartthrob singer Julio Iglesias, and his first cd already sold 250,000 units. Check out the April 24 issue of Billboard, with a cover feature and a full Javier page at the Latin music 6 pack. He is currently number 20 at Billboard hot Latin tracks...


Mark Shulman

Hey Pam-

You rock, baby! Just letting you know that I am doing dates with David Benoit, recording a song that I wrote with Billy Idol for the new Heavy Metal II soundtrack, producing new artists, and Kelly and I are incorporating Jammin Planet to develop new artists! Keep rockin , our website is under construction, but it is www.jamminplanet.com...

Peace and Love-




Drummers of the world,

Since the beginning of time, people have gathered to share the remarkable spiritual power of the drum. On September 25, the global drumming community will harness this power to unite humanity around compassion, freedom and peace. The drumming will begin at twelve noon in communities around the world-its pulse signifying our common humanity and our collective responsibility for making this world a better place. Just imagine the inspirational power of millions of drums beating simultaneously worldwide!

There is no single person assuming responsibility for the organization of this event. It is up to all of us to commit ourselves to this vision and make it happen within our respective communities. Let us synchronize the beat of our hearts with the beat of our drums and join together as a single global pulse. September 25 will awaken the world community to the infinite capabilities of the drum and the human heart. It will be a day of inspiration and rebirth which will unite every human being in compassion and awareness. Step into this vision and make September 25 a reality.


Mark Walker

Hi Pam and El Negro (or the spirit thereof),

Thanks for the great newsletter! I just wanted to say hello and let you know whazzup...

I just returned from a three week European tour with the group Oregon (Ralph Towner/Paul McCandless/Glen Moore). Despite the fact that we all had the flu (and 18 gigs in 19 days), our tour was a lot of fun and very successful. We played shows in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Poland. We were also given the Jazz award from the German phonograph record manufacturers association for our latest CD "Northwest Passage" on Intuition. Recipients of this award have included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller.

Yamaha made life so much easier by providing a beautiful Maple Custom kit, which I played along with a ceramic dumbek and a djembe set up to the left of the kit. I also used various bells and hanging percussion (which I hung with those orange clips from the hardware store) as well as shakers, caxixis and the legendary Harmony Rattle. That little instrument has so many possibilities! I found the MGT (Mountable Gig Tray) to be very useful for holding these things (as well as the ever-present cup of espresso). I brought my 20" and 22" Zildjian K Constantinoples as well as a 22" K Custom dark flat ride and some Azuka and Oriental series cymbals; they really worked for the music.

The music itself combines jazz, various ethnic influences, modern classical influences, free improvisation and compositions spanning the group's 29-year career. Our next project will be a double CD (on Intuition records) with a symphonic orchestra to be recorded in Moscow tentatively in early April. I can't wait to see what the drum situation is there! We'll also have some U.S dates; I'll keep you posted.

I was really surprised (and happy) to see El Negro in Havana, Cuba last December. I was there playing with Michel Camilo and Anthony Jackson. On the last night of the festival I heard so many great players: El Negro, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette, Enrique Pla, Raul Pineda...all playing with the great Chu Cho Valdes. I met Negro's beautiful daughter, who speaks english very well. I could see how happy he was to be there!! I also saw Antonio Sanchez, the drummer tearing it up with Danilo Perez...Check him out!

I'm playing at the Blue Note this coming week (March 2-7) with Dave Samuels, Claudio Roditi, Conrad Herwig, Dario Eskenazi and Oscar Stagnaro. We're playing a double bill with Chico Freeman, who's using Yoron Israel on drums. Should be burning! Hope to see ya there...


Paul Davies

...and I met you though John Good while I was working for Tris Imboden. I am just about to finish a one year tour working with Lil' John and Terry Santiel on the Janet Jackson. Through the tour I have enjoyed reading your emails and I know also that so has Terry. As the tour is coming to an end I would like to thank the two of them through your email letters for their professionalism and making it so easy to work both with them and for them...


Ernie Durawa

...sorry that I missed you at NAMM. I just finished playing on the new Texas Tornados CD Live at Antones in Austin Texas. It will be on Frontera Records/Nashville and Virgin records will handle the PR. Release date is somewhere around May 1st. Freddy Fender, one of the singers in the band, just this week received his star on the famous Sidewalk of Stars in Hollywood. (Big congrats, Freddie! ...from DrumsOnTheWeb.com) We are real proud of him. This is only one of many projects that I am involved in. Will send you a copy of boogie woogie CD I recorded with Floyd Domino formally of Asleep At The Wheel. I am also on the new Herb Ellis Jazz Guitar Video " Detour Ahead"...


Mark Shulman


I just got the Cher gig! Do you believe in Life after Cher???!!!! Just letting you know because it is a big summer tour etc... Unfortunately, I can't do the Benoit dates now... I hope you are well- I'll send you a schedule when I get it.

Love Mark


Hey Pam- You rock baby! Cool letter - tell me more! I am working on Billy Idol's and Steve Steven's new records, about to do a Christmas tour with David Benoit, Dave Koz, Brenda Russell, and Peter White, will do a clinic tour in Germany next year, will produce a new German Artist , Sylkie Monoff in my studio in January, did all the music for my wife Kelly's new children's show in development, Bonerack's Adventure Club, and I just got certified for scuba diving...wow

Love and Muse - Mark


MB Gordy

...Check out ROUNDERS the movie and soundtrack,YEP that's me on drums. I also worked recently on THE NEGOTIATOR and THE SEIGE. I also worked with Ronnie Laws and Pete Anthony on a HBO movie. Also worked with this new british band REEF, great band (rock alternative). My wife Cindy is pregnant with our 2nd child and is due in April SOOOOOOOOOOO the cup is full and Life is good...


Ricky Sebastian

Hey Pam. Nice web site. How have you been? I haven't talked to you in a while. I moved my family to New Orleans but kept my place in Brooklyn so I'm back & forth between New Orleans & New York. I've been working with Dianne Reeves, Harry Belafonte, and Michael Franks. I'll also be playing at the Blue Note in February with Tania Maria. I hope you can come out that week. It would be good to see you. Say hello to Horacio for me...


Chuck Silverman

Hi all! Just put up a new Changuito lesson, two Real Audio files from the Changuito book "A Master's Approach to Timbales", and three Real Audio files, full songs, from the newly released Cuban compilation CD, Rhythm and Smoke. All at http://chucksilverman.com Hope you're all well. Hear from you soon!



...Just thought that I would drop a line now that I am finally online! I hope all is going well with you and that business is good. I've been quite busy myself, running around with various artists, etc.

Recently, I performed on The Rosie O'Donnell Show with Brandy, and managed to do a gig in New Orleans with The Emotions on the same day. Talk about exhausting! I was also back in N.Y. about two weeks later to do a Comedy Central special with Isaac Hayes, and perform on The View with Kenny Lattimore. Tomorrow, we tape The Donny and Marie Show with Kenny here in L.A. and then I'm off to Chicago on a redeye for a show with Isaac Hayes this weekend. All in time to get back, rehearse for four days, and leave out on a 10 day promo tour with Kenny for his newly released album...


Janelle Burdell

...Just wanted to say hello and thank you for keeping me up to date with all that is going on with you, Conundrum and El Negro. ...I've been busy as well. Besides doing some very cool stuff with Mickey Hart, I've begun monthly women's and teen drum circles in my area. The circles I'm facilitating are not classes. I'm committed to exploring the spirit side of the drum. A lot of these women have never ever touched a drum before. The joy radiating from their faces is incredible and the transformation I've witnessed in individuals (both women and teens) is truly remarkable! Bringing forth the joy of drumming and rhythm, my intent has been to light a fire in the drumming community as a whole, as well. The Teen Drum Circle is a tremendous success as well! ...it's amazing how the drum dissolves all of the barriers. ...Simultaneously, I launched a women's drummers network. Now I'm in contact with a lot of women around the country, who are doing outrageously cool things!! Next is a website, so, be on the lookout. ...I also am sending a monthly newsletter out with info about upcoming drum circles. Pam thank you for doing what you are doing! You and El Negro are doing really great things! I really appreciate (and am also comitted too), the increased communication between drummers and all who love drumming and rhythm! I feel like this is so very important! Brava!


Groove Collective

... the Groovies had the ultimate honor of opening for and meeting the Godfather of Soul at the Aspen Jazz festival earlier this month. Set in the mountains of the Snowmass Aspen ski resort, we were again treated to an unbelievable day in the sun and an evening jam session with the great musicians from the James Brown Band who were able to stay up even later than us! The party/jam at the producers' house lasted well into the wee hours and the following weekend's Ann Arbor Jazz festival left us pretty exhausted.


Terry Santiel

... Well I'm still on Janet Jackson's tour. Its been since February which already seems like a year. It's good to hear from you and I'm very happy to see that the company seems to be running so smoothly. Anyway I wanted to let you know that we will be in your neck of the woods in September...


Peter Basil

here just wishing you the best with your website, so far it looks great and the newsletter I look forward to getting to find out what's going on with other cats on the scene. Maybe you could do a focus on local and regional tours and shows. Or at least in the major markets like NY, LA, Chi-town etc...

Lately I've been performing with my band "Fiesta!" most recently at Summerstage this past Sunday. We've got a CD coming out in the fall on NG Records which is distributed by BMG. We're hoping to go worldwide with a latin-pop-rock groove thang.

On other fronts, I'm going to be at the Knitting Factory with drummer extraordinaire Bobby Previte, doing a retrospective of his work. Also going to Italy with Bobby in the Fall with "The Horse". Doing the music of Miles circa Bitches Brew. Performing with "Nostos" trio doing Middle Eastern based trance-jazzAlso teaching up a storm at my studio in Midtown. Latin Percussion, Congas, Timbales, Bongos.

Here are a couple of upcoming dates in NY... (Note: dates are in the above Sept & Oct itinerary). Maybe you can make one, I'd love to see you. Till next time, all the best Peter Basil


Efrain Toro

Just received the stuff you sent.... THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! At the moment I am in L.A. working on a new Eddie Murphy movie for the composer Alan Silvestri of "Forest Gump, Back to the Future and Romancing the Stone" fame... to name a few. There are 8 other percussionists and we have hundreds of perc. instruments in the studio among a 100 hundred piece orchestra. A couple of days ago I took a wooden bongo(CAJONGO) and my regular cajon made in Spain and all the guys went nuts about them including the composer. Well this story shows that this perc. thing is never ending...

I'll be back in Spain pretty soon. Also I will be MC and performer in a whole month of percussion activities in a rehearsal studio complex in Madrid. The first activity is a ZILDJIAN Concert with Trilok. Steve Smith and Akira Jimbo, then there will be clinics and concerts with local top drummers and some other MEINL, Mapex and ZILDJIAN Artists like Walfredo Jr., Luis Conte as well as your's truly ET.....

Bill Saragosas's instruments are fantastic. The TIMBRE of the shakers is unique and the sonic and playing possibilities are endless!!! Congratulations and CONUN-GRATULATIONS to you on providing this great service to musicians...is like when I was growing up in Puerto Rico my parents would order the stuff from the supermarket and it would be brought to the house or we could go get it. Great service Pam!!! Best of luck in your business and there will be many more times and be assure that I will highly recommend you. Thanks again. Sincerely ET



Hey gang, I've been using my Epiphany sounds a lot in the studio - Great stuff!

The main news from Kalani Music is... Three new videos for Jembe (djembe in french) are now available for intermediate to advanced students SHOW ME THE RHYTHMS! - Traditional Maninka rhythms presented for western students. For Jembe Vol. I (5 rhythms) / For Jembe Vol. II (5 rhythms) / For Dunun, partner to the Jembe (10 rhythms)

check out the site at: http://www.kalanimusic.com


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