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    I have been lucky

    Forty years ago today, I got my first drum set.  The first time I sat down to play, I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The story goes like this: When my mother wanted to move to another city, I decided to move in with…

  • Apprenticeship

    In the dark ages before the Internet, I could occasionally catch the tail end of a long-gone practice: Accompanying musicians on the road as part of the hired rhythm section. This gave me the opportunity to play with the likes of Mal Waldron, Benny Bailey, Mark Murphy, Spike Robinson, Lenny Spivak and a few others…

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    I learned how to tune a drum through Paul Lovens

    I first heard Paul when I was fifteen years old. He played with Günter Christmann, who often invited him to Hannover for his vario projects. Since Paul usually arrived by train and didn’t bring all his equipment, Günter asked me if I would make my drums available for the concerts. So I came into close…

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    Gene Krupa

    Gene Krupa is the one who got me started on this journey which changed my whole life. The more I know about him, the more I admire him. In 1980 when I was not even a real teenager I heard “Sing Sing Sing” from the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert on public radio and was…