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'Born To Drum' Presents A Wide World Of Dudes, And One Chapter For The Ladies

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WNYC
Tony Barrell's book Born To Drum gives exactly one chapter to female players. Why not just achieve better balance throughout?
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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Sizzler promo from another galaxy and a Vanessa Carlton/Lil Jon mash-up win the internet this week.
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Sheila E. On Breaking Down Boundaries And Finding Solace In Music

Monday, September 08, 2014

The percussionist talks about her musical family and her days on stage with George Duke and Prince, as revealed in her new memoir, The Beat of My Own Drum.

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Jack DeJohnette Discovers the Drums

Friday, August 29, 2014

The legendary jazz musician originally started out as a piano player, until a great record turned him on to the possibilities of drumming.

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WNYC News

Weekend Staff Picks: Delicacies, Drums & Emmylou

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball Tour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday is where you can find one of our staff members. Find out what some of the others are doing this weekend. 

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A Drum Machine Obsession: One Man's Quest To Collect Beat Boxes

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Some people collect stamps. Others collect baseball cards. Joe Mansfield collects drum machines. The Boston-based producer and music historian has about 150 of them – and about half of his collection is featured in a new book called Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession.

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New Sounds

Percussion Ensemble

Sunday, September 01, 2013

For this New Sounds listen to new works for lots of drums and other things to beat on, especially the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble playing music by Graham Fitkin, from a recent recording, "Vespertine Formations." Also, there's music for percussion based on American minimalism, and works informed by Indonesian gamelan.  Plus, listen to music from Swedish jazz drummer/composer Bengt Berger inspired by Ghanaian funeral drumming.

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Kendrick Scott: Leading From Behind

Friday, March 29, 2013

Drummer Kendrick Scott once described himself in an interview as a “pretty boring guy…. I spend most of my time doing music-related stuff.” However, one exception to that rule is basketball, which he plays and loves to watch. But, as we found out, even conversations about basketball eventually turn to music. "It's so akin to what we're doing," he tells us, referring to his jazz quintet, Oracle. "It's like all of these guys are Lebron James. If they need to be a foundation guy, they can do that, or if they need to stay on top and finish, they can do that.

We hear a live set from the band, whose new album is called Conviction. 

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New Sounds

Percussion Ensemble

Friday, August 10, 2012

For this New Sounds listen to new works for lots of drums and other things to beat on, especially the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble playing music by Graham Fitkin, from a recent recording, "Vespertine Formations." Also, there's music for percussion based on American minimalism, and works informed by Indonesian gamelan.  Plus, listen to music from Swedish jazz drummer/composer Bengt Berger inspired by Ghanaian funeral drumming.

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Features

Downtown Brooklyn Celebrates the New Africa with Djembes and Digital Beats

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The celebration of contemporary African music, called Afrika21: The Showcase, is an unofficial CMJ Music Marathon showcase featuring DJ's and musicians from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | African Drums

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market takes a peek inside a different specialty store and showcases the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow below.

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New Sounds

Percussion Ensemble

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

For this New Sounds listen to new works for lots of drums and other things to beat on, especially the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble playing music by Graham Fitkin, from a recent recording, "Vespertine Formations." Also, there's music for percussion based on American minimalism, and works informed by Indonesian gamelan.  Plus, listen to music from Swedish jazz drummer/composer Bengt Berger inspired by Ghanaian funeral drumming. 

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