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J. D'Addario (Evans Drumheads): News From The Front


Hello and welcome to the latest update from your friends at J. D’Addario & Company. Inside this month’s newsletter read about the latest from our endorsees including Lee Ritenour, Scott Henderson, Wilco, California Guitar Trio, Phil Woods, Dan Moretti, Jean Luc Ponty and many more. Please read on!

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"I have been using D’Addario phosphor-lights for many years. From the honkytonks to the concert halls they have stood the test. They’re bright enough but have a round, resonant bottom. They’re my gig string of choice." - Guitarist/songwriter Tom Russell

D'Addario News

Bassist Jimmy Haslip recently produced Jing Chi, a trio project on Tone Center/Shrapnel Records featuring Robben Ford, Vinny Colaiuta, and himself. Check it out. Jimmy and Robben also reunite with Russell Ferrante and Ricky Lawson this month for a special Yellowjackets original quartet performance in Los Angeles.

Lee Ritenour releases his latest CD Rit's House this month. His landmark 30th solo recording is a forward-thinking and inspired fusion of traditional and contemporary jazz, flavored with Lee’s love for R&B, ‘60s and ‘70s soul-jazz, Brazilian, and world music. It features Lee’s “wish list” of players including longtime collaborators such as keyboardist George Duke and bassist Marcus Miller, as well as new collaborators like B3-organist Joey DeFrancesco and vocalist Michael McDonald.

"If I Could Fall in Love," the latest single from rocker Lenny Kravitz, leads the eclectic Virgin soundtrack to the surfing film "Blue Crush."

Guitarist Scott Henderson releases "Well To The Bone" his third outing as a leader apart from Tribal Tech. On his new disc, Henderson returns to his roots and pays homage to the blues rock of the 60’s and 70’s while mixing in the his natural jazz leanings. www.scotthenderson.net

After a nationwide, publicity-driven hunt for a guitarist, Limp Bizkit featuring bassist Sam Rivers, has yet to announce a new group member, but it doesn’t appear to have slowed the recording progress for its upcoming album. According to a post on the band’s official Web site, group leader Fred Durst says Bizkit recently recorded an additional two-and-a-half songs for an upcoming release, as well as picked a producer.

In addition to a new CD release, Wilco can be seen and heard in Sam Jones' tell-nearly-all film "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" which opens in a handful of markets this month. Check out www.wilcofilm.com for details.

Described as a natural interpreter of Woody Guthrie's lyrics and music, nationally acclaimed songwriter Joel Rafael has embarked on a new musical project to celebrate the songs of Woody Guthrie. Woodeye, Rafael’s fourth CD, was recently released internationally at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, OK, in honor of Guthrie's birthday.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album, featuring guitarist John Frusciante, debuts at #2 in the U.S. and #1 in over 12 countries including the UK, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. By The Way is already certified double platinum in Ireland, and platinum in Australia, Canada, Italy Japan, Switzerland, Indonesia, and New Zealand.

The California Guitar Trio's new studio album with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto is officially scheduled for September 3rd. The trio is currently on tour in the Southwest. http://cgtrio.com.

The Kerry Kearney Band recently headlined the Riverhead Blues Festival. The new KKB CD, Trippin' on Psychedelta, has just been released.

Classical News

Elena Papandreou recently performed a concert in the Mottola Guitar Festival in Italy and was on the jury of the international competition there. She also performed at the Dundee Guitar Festival in Scotland. In October she will give another concert in the Guitar Foundation of America Festival in Miami, Florida and later will play in Brazil. This year her CD with works by Nikita Koshkin will be released (BIS), while last year she released a CD with works by Leo Brouwer (NAXOS).

Bluegrass News

Check out On The Road videos from David Grisman, Buddy Miller, Rhonda Vincent, Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCourny Band, and Mike Marshall on the new D’Addario Web site www.daddariostrings.com. The footage was recorded backstage at the recent Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

JamGrass 2002, a festival style event featuring acoustic masters and improvisational greats will make its debut this summer at various venues across the country. The artists performing will vary slightly, but the majority of the dates will feature D’Addario artists David Grisman Quintet, the John Cowan Band, the Yonder Mountain String Band, and the String Cheese Incident.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage recently appeared on the #1 cable news morning show "Fox & Friends" on Fox News Network! The show was live in New York City. Rhonda was interviewed and she and the Rage performed a few tunes.


Evans News

Pat Mastelotto on Evans:
"I like to try everything. I use G1 and G2 frosted and clear on different toms set ups, I like frosted G1 and the dry vented heads paired with Hazy bottoms on most my snare drums but also have had good results from the power center reverse dot snare heads. My choice of kick heads used to be an easy call, for the last 20 years I used the Evans frosted Cad/Cam EQ head but now with all these new choices I have EQ 1, 2 and 3s on various foot drums and have even found a new favorite in the EMAD head. Only one catch- I have been using the EMAD head without the rings!"

Trust Company, featuring Evans endorsee Jason Singleton, has just released its debut CD and is heading to Europe on tour. The band has sold a phenomenal 78,000 copies in the first week of release. Way to go Jason!

Dean Butterworth hits the road this month providing the beat for Morrissey.

On tour with Evans: Carl Allen, Carter Beauford, Johnny Rabb, Sparta, Brent Fitz, Unloco, OneSideZero, David Northrup, John Dolmayan, Switched, Billy Ashbaugh, Rocky Bryant, Danny Carey, Ritchie Hayward, Andy Herrick, Ken Jay (Static-X), Kris Kohl (Adema), Scott Philips (Creed), Earshot, Nate Wood (The Calling), and many, many more.

Marching News

If it's summer, it's DCI time. Four Corps, the Blue Coats, Cadets, Crossmen and Phantom Regimen are in the thick of battle. After performing all over the United States and Canada, it all comes down the the 30th annual DCI festival in Madison. Tune in next month for the results!

The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Band and Evans endorser, Thom Hannum, will be performing at the 6th Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, PA on Sunday, October 22, 2002. Thom is the Associate Band Director and Percussion Instructor at the University of Massachusetts. The UMass percussion section uses Evans products exclusively on their marching, concert, and hand drum equipment.

Vandoren News

The Citta’ di Isola del Liri in Frosinone, Italy invited Dan Moretti to organize their first week of jazz and blues clinics and workshops associated with the long standing tradition of The Isola del Liri blues festival. The program Dan organized included daily workshops leveled for beginner, intermediate and advanced players including horns and rhythm section. The topics covered were theory and playing techniques for improvisation and a woodwind master class.

Warren Hill continues the saxes and guitars tour in August while releasing his new album titled "Love Songs." "This is now my seventh record in over ten years and one that I have wanted to make for quite some time. This collection of songs includes my interpretations of some of my favorites as well as a few of my own 'love songs.'"

Kirk Whalum will be in New York, Detroit and Richmond, VA during August and will conclude the month in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Johannesburg Jazz Festival.

John Scarpulla is in Chicago working on the new "I’m Moving Out" musical based on the music of Billy Joel. The group along with John will do a live cast recording on August 12 and 13. According to John, "live stage recordings are very unusual. You take a lot of risks this way, but the excitement of the crowd and spontaneity is worth it all."

Chicago Symphony clarinetist Larry Combs is performing all summer with the CSO summer home in Ravinia. The fall season for the CSO begins in late September.

Saxophonist Michael Lington is back off the road from his Randy Crawford tour and in the studio recording his next album. Release day has not been announced.

Eric Marienthal hosts a show live on Saturday afternoons called Saturday Afternoon Live. The idea for the show started with a call from the co-owner of Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club in Seal Beach, California, Cary Hardwick. The idea turned into a live show from 12:00 noon until 2:00. Each week Eric and his band have a different special guest sit in. The show airs on KTWV The Wave. Eric also reported that the Chick Corea Elektric Band is getting back together for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 28th as part of a "Chick Corea & Friends" show. A CCEB reunion tour is scheduled for the fall with additional dates beyond that. Curtis Stigers' album Secret Heart re-enters the Top Jazz Album category at #19! Also, check out Curtis on tour with Barry Manilow throughout the next few weeks and continuing on with solo dates all summer and fall. Greg Osby's latest CD titled "Inner Circle" has just been released and is in stores now on Blue Note records. Jonathan Cohler will be in China giving concerts and masterclasses in the cities of Beijing, Yantai and Xian. In Xian, his performances will be part of the International Clarinet Festival that is happening there from August 19th to the 22nd.

D'Addario Bowed News

Jean Luc Ponty is releasing his newest album titled "Live at Semper Opera" The new CD is presented in a beautiful digipack and was recorded live at the opera house in Dresden, Germany on May 21, 2001. According to Jean Luc, the band performed at an inspirational level.

John Patitucci will be performing in three different countries in August. He starts in Tokyo, Japan, then travels to Quebec, Canada for the Quebec-Rimouski International Jazz festival and ends the month in Chicago at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

You can’t have a better July than the Emerson String Quartet had. They performed at three of the most prestigious summer venues; Aspen, Tanglewood and Ravinia. It’s a difficult gig, but some great string quartet has to do it.

After teaching at the Mancini Institute this summer, Jeremy Cohen will solo with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra on August 17. Serenata is the name of Drew Tretick"s much awaited new CD. He is also re-releasing the popular Romantica album with two bonus KOCE-PBS television videos from a recent broadcast. The videos are performances and an interview that can be played on a PC or Mac computer. This month's webcast on NewMusicBox features a variety of Bernadette Speach's works for solo instruments and chamber ensemble. Highlights include a solo viola piece played by Rozanna Weinberger with live video manipulations by Anney Bonney and a collaborative work between Speach and writer Thulani Davis.

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