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THE 59th GRAMMY AWARDS

Very happy to announce that JAMBa's OFF WHITE is on the 59th Grammy ballot! BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM. Thank you all and best to everyone who's submitted this year! LISTEN...

Inside The Purdie Shuffle

There are some grooves, rhythmic patterns, that are such keys pieces in the language of drumming that we continually focus on their impact. Things that are constant reference points for me are Clyde Stubblefield's "Cold Sweat", David Garabaldi on "What is Hip", Tony...

The Unique Drummer: part 2 Intentional Playing

Groovemaster Bernard Purdie Why can two drummers play exactly the same rhythm, both keeping good time, but one excites and  grooves and the other sounds flat? The key is that the great drummers, the unique drummers play intentionally. What does that mean in practical...

NEW ALBUM release – JAMBa’s OFF WHITE

Hello to everyone, everywhere! NEW ALBUM NEWS It's been an absolute joy to work on this new album with these musicians. In a time when music seems to miraculously appear for no cost, we want to thank all of you who have supported the project with time, effort and...

How Important Are Rudiments? See Roy Haynes

Are rudiments essential to your playing? By his own admission, Roy Haynes said he wasn't a rudimental drummer. I feel that's what made him unique among the jazz drumming greats. His plays from influences beyond the drumming language of rudiments. Note this quote: "I...

Becoming a UNIQUE Drummer: part 1 CONTROL

HOW DEVELOPING CONTROL HELPS YOU TO BE A UNIQUE DRUMMER I’m going to attribute this saying to Art Blakey because that’s how I remember it. In a TV interview, he was asked why he’s been a central figure among jazz drummers for so many decades. He basically said ‘you...

2016 Release of JAMBa’s OFF WHITE Album feat Bernard Purdie

To All BEATLES Lovers: JAMBa's OFF WHITE Album, feat. Bernard Purdie, has been called a "unique, eclectic, and original" take on Beatle classics. Here's what others had to say about JAMBa's OFF WHITE ALBUM Ken Bays writer for CyberPR wrote: "joyous creativity flows...

Mistakes with Legends part1: Tony Williams

Over the years, I've found myself meeting musicians that I really respected. Guys whose albums I wore out. Guys whose music had a tremendous impact on my playing. I’m not a “I really gotta meet this guy” type of person but you find yourself in situations with these...