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Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog

Nikki Yanofsky Youtube covers

About a month ago I went back to the studio with Nikki Yanofsky to record some of her favourite covers for Youtube. She wanted to give the tunes an acoustic/jazzy twist, and this is what happened.

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog

Jennifer Gasoi wins the Grammy!!

Congratulations to Jennifer Gasoi on her 2014 Grammy win for Best Children’s Album with Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well! You can check the full article here, as well as the album itself here. It was a super fun time working on this with her and the rest of the band, John Sadowy, Gilbert Joanis, and Andy Dacoulis. Great work Jennifer!

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Blog

Jennifer Gasoi is off to the Grammys!!

Jennifer Gasoi’s newest album, Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well, has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Children’s Album! I had the great pleasure of playing on this with Jennifer and some of Montreal’s finest: John Sadowy, Andy Dacoulis, Gilbert Joanis, and Ron Dilauro, to name a few. We wish her the best of luck on January 26th, 2014! You can check out this great work here:

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Blog

Drums Etc. article #3

After years of playing around the world with dozens of different artists and hundreds of sound guys, I’ve gathered up some helpful tips and hints in this article that will make sound checks go as smoothly as possible with minimal head-butting. My newest article for Drums Etc., The Sound Guy friendly Jazz Drummer, is now available online and in print. The online version can be found here:

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Blog

Ottawa clinic video

Here’s a video of my opening solo from the clinic last September. I played around with Monk’s “Think of One” for about 10 minutes, going in and out of different feels, tempos, and textures. The point of this solo was to show how playing the melody and hinting at key melodic figures throughout can hopefully give the listener a certain sense of connection and familiarity, and in the end, something to latch on to. Often times drum solos become a wash of chops (which can be amazing), with no real direction. I was hoping to give the crowd a strong sense of the melody, without actually hearing the tune!

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