Congratulations to Competition Drummers

After all my gloom and doom here on DTM, I admit I kinda wanted to be there yesterday and tonight to check out the cats. 

I'm certain there was fierce talent onstage both days. The winner, Jamison Ross, is a new name to me but I'll be listening to him soon. Just to be extra clear: all my ranting never meant to take away from the abilities of those who are competition winners! And I absolutely wish Mr. Ross the very best.

As for the other contestants: I hope no one who didn't win or place is discouraged from pursuing weird and exciting music. As I wrote in the beginning, "We need charismatic and idionsycratic drummers for the music to move forward. All the most innovative and most popular jazz is deeply connected to the drums."  

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Over at ABS, Michael J. West talks to five winners and semi-finalists.

 

09/23/2012

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