The Buddy Rich Alumni All-Star Big Band
Just got a nice note from Cathy Rich and Gregg Potter featured artists of THE BUDDY RICH ALL-STAR ALUMNI BIG BAND with special guests Peter Erskine and Nick Rich. They’re touring Japan right now and these shots are from The Blue Note in Tokyo. We checked out the Blue Note press release but it was in Japanese and ours is a little rusty right now. Gregg will be forwarding updates as the tour progresses so stand by.
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Currently, I am playing in my band Kicking Daisies with musicians closer to my age. I learned so much from all the older musicians whom I’ve had the great opportunity to play with over the years, but now it’s time for me to play with other kids who share my passion for music. Kicking Daisies is being produced by two-time Grammy winner Michael Mangini (not the great drummer of the same name), who has worked with everyone from Joss Stone and Smash Mouth to Dionne Warwick and the Jonas Brothers. Our music is real, and what separates us from the other “kid” bands is that we play all our own music. We recently played Bamboozle in New Jersey and are currently finishing up our debut album. An interesting fact about recording for the record is that we laid down the drum tracks in Philadelphia and I used the exact Gretsch drumset that Rick James owned and recorded the track “Superfreak” on. Also, the overhead mic we used in that session was the microphone that Aretha Franklin used to record “Respect.” Talk about inspiring! Look for us this fall as we set out on tour promoting the CD. I just have to say that the best part of playing in the band is sharing the stage night after night with my sister Carly on bass. We think so much alike that it’s easy to play and get into the groove. I am blessed to have music in my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else. When I’m not playing drums, I’m playing guitar or piano and writing for the band. Music is my life and my love, and without it I would be empty. I am also blessed to be involved with and have endorsement deals with some great companies. I would like to thank Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar hardware, Vater percussion, Fulmine drumming shoes, and Hansenfutz practice pedals. Not only do these companies have great products, but they’re also run by incredible people who care about musicians and our needs. Thank you so much for everything you do for drummers. So that’s all. I hope to meet you all someday in the future. Keep on practicing and playing, and remember, be prepared for anything that may come your way! Peace and love, Caitlin For more on Caitlin Kalafus and Kicking Daises, go to www.myspace.com/kickingdaisies.
Parent Category: Premium Resources Monday, October 17, 2011 Written by Bart Elliott
In 2011, Hannah Ford was in Nashville, TN on a clinic tour along with legendary conguero, Giovanni Hidalgo.
During her one-hour portion of clinic, Hannah performed a number of selections from various music projects she is involved with, including Bellevue Suite and Pandorum, as well as an improvised drum solo.
The drum clinic was hosted by Fork’s Drum Closet (Nashville, TN). Hannah endorses the following products: Gretsch drums, Toca percussion, Gibraltar, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads, Vater drumsticks, Shure microphones, and the Kelly SHU.
Here is a 7-minute video except, Hannah Ford’s improvised drum solo from her Peace, Love & Drums clinic, recorded on October 17, 2011 at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. To watch the full one-hour drum clinic, subscribe to the Premium Resources.
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Having been called one of the BEST up and coming young drummers in the country, Hannah Ford isn’t the least bit embarrassed about admitting that she found true love at the tender age of seven. She even remembers when and where she was smitten. It happened the day she was introduced to the drums in her third grade music class. According to her, it was love at first sight. Since then she has pursued her passion with a passion— studying, practicing and performing like an Olympic athlete in training, piling up awards and accolades and taking on the responsibilities of a professional career while still a student of the art.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Hannah’s third-grade Live, Studio, & Clinic Performances music class was the precursor of “Fabulous Leopard Percussionists of Louisville” and, as a member of the renowned group, the youngster had the privilege of working with some of the world’s greatest drummers and teachers, including Diane Downs, Louie Bellson, Ruben Alvarez, Jerry Steinholtz and Ndugu Chancler. After moving to Chicago when she was 12, Hannah took advantage of new opportunities to study and perform with mentors such as Paul Wertico, Peter Erskine, Stanton Moore, Danny Seraphine and Johnny Rabb.
Following high school, Hannah accepted a scholarship to attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She credits college with helping to expand her knowledge of music and allowing her to become a better, more versatile musician. Her assessment must be accurate because, in addition to playing in the school orchestral, percussion and Jazz ensembles, she’s also been picking up work with major touring musicians like Ignacio Berroa, Wynton Marsalis, Butch Miles, Jeff Berlin and others.
Now, with college behind her, Hannah maintains a calendar full of live and studio sessions for top pro’s as well as her own projects, “Pandorum”, “The Hannah Ford Band” — and her new Rock band, “Bellevue Suite” — yet still manages to find time to do a bit of writing and teaching.
What is it all about?
Hannah’s idea behind the “Peace Love & Drums” show is to share her experiences as a young musician and take her audience through the multifaceted world of music and drumming. The show will cover jazz, funk/fusion, rock and vocals. It’s performed live on stage with pre-recorded music tracks and can be presented in a concert format, or clinic format that allows time for audience participation and questions.
Is the “Peace Love & Drums” show just for kids?
The show is for anyone who may have interest in the world of music or percussion. Whether amateur or professional, young or old, everyone will enjoy this presentation. Hannah’s main theme is the importance of music in our world today, especially in the lives of young people. Taking both an educational and entertaining approach, Hannah reaches out to the kids in the audience and shows them how much fun and how special music can be. Adults will see how important it is to support programs in the local schools and communities and make sure that there will always be music programs for their children to participate in.
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