The BLACK Stripes (Drum Intro)

Actually we aren’t really called The Black Stripes…. but I loved doing a duo tour through the South with my friend and fabulous guitar player, Ladell McLin.  We were somewhere in Florida here.  Can’t wait to do it again! Its Blues, Its Rock and its Improv.  I remember Ladell broke a string so he told […]

I love Drums

Last spring I was about to go on the road and I decided I wanted to put rivets in my favorite cymbals.(a process that involves puncturing the cymbal and inserting little pieces of metal that sizzle). A friend told me to check out Steve Maxwells drums shop.  I went in and the regular guy who […]

Greece! Rhythm Road #8

We flew into Thessolinikki and boarded our new tour bus heading for the mountains of Northern Greece. Mountains, lakes, Rivers, great food, and even greater people.  The love and support we received on this leg of the tour was off the charts. Thankyou Antonis Varvatsoulias from the Foundation of Thracian Art & Tradition for introducing […]

Wonder Women of the Rhythm Road #7

I joke about being “gender blind”.  In many ways I really see people before I make the distinction between women and men… I believe in personal freedom of expression and respect, and I am not a flag waving/card carrying member of any organization or group.  However, as I near the completion of my first Rhythm […]

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

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 […]