Rhythm Road #4 Oradea! Sibiu! Sanaia! So long Romania!

Thankyou again Ruxandra, Emil, Peter, Julie, Lucian, Lia & Adina & Alexis!! We will never forget you and your kindness.  Please keep in touch!!! Excerpt from our blues rhythm workshop in Oradea. Thankyou Alexis for filming. The Doodle-lah Eli Teaching the 6/8 groove feel Please check out Eli Yamins bolg @ eliyamin.com/blog

Rhythm Road #2 Brasov! – this is why I make music

Brasov was the bomb! We hit the rhythm road and drove into the mountains of the Transilvania region.  It was a beautiful and bumpy ride on old roads and winding hairpin curves as we wove our way up to Brasov. Our accommodations were right in the middle of town, and our beautiful hotel was appropriately […]

Rhythm Road #1 Bucharest, Romania

I have my whole Taye Go Kit plus bare essential hardware in a 20 inch hard case and a 16 inch(thick & insulated) tom bag.  A little heavy and awkward, but I was able to carry everything in one shot from the cab to check in without a cart or a porter.  I was overweight […]

The Drummers Prayer

It is a great privilege play music, and to pass forward what was lovingly shared with me. The Drummers Prayer is an affirmation, a teaching tool, and a learning experience that I share with all of my students, drummers and non drummers alike. I AM gifted with the Power To create is a gift we […]

Jazz Ambassador to Rhythm Road

“Diplomacy and jazz are based on the same principle: improvisation on a theme.”  – Richard Holbrooke U.S. U.N. Envoy The Origin The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, today produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has earned a rich and distinctive standing […]

Songs for Nina Simone

Tamar Kali.  My girl. I call her T.K. Love her. (www.flamingyoni.com) T.K. & LaRonda Davis.  DO NOT MESS with these sistas as they will out organize and outclass anyone before you can wake up and say BOO! When T.K. calls me for a gig, I’m never sorry to hear her voice on the other side […]

Kind of Bluesey

I checked out Jimmy Cobb last night(www.jimmycobb.net) at the Iridium, first set.  It was Cedar Walton, Buster Williams and Jovan Jackson plus Jimmy.  Their first tune was a blues, which is always a sign to me of great musical expression to come.  I like Cedar Walton very much.  His playing is joyful and mischievous.  (Cedar played on […]

Food for Thought….

Paul Celucci coming into town is a beautiful thing because some of us from the Sabian crew can get together and reacquaint, or acquaint – and what could be more civilized than breaking bread?

Can a Paradiddle Save the World?

CAN A PARADIDDLE SAVE THE WORLD??? For those who don’t know, a PARADIDDLE is one of the technical/rhythmic building blocks from the drumming vocabulary. It is from a family of said building blocks called the rudiments. (Bounces and accents) Basically 26 in number. Like the alaphabet, the 26 are “rhythmic letters” that form words…that become […]