Library #7: Drums And Acoustic Recording Technology – An Experiment

Today's Library article represents a slight departure into new and unfamiliar territory for DITT, and some of the information I'm going to present below is some way outside my traditional comfort zone. Luckily, I've got a very knowledgeable person with a wealth of practical experience in this field to help me out, since this is … Continue reading Library #7: Drums And Acoustic Recording Technology – An Experiment

The Drum History Podcast #90: A Look At 1920s Jazz Drummers with NDB

Bart van der Zee of the DHP. Highly recommended listening for the dedicated enthusiast. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a really interesting, fun and in-depth conversation with Bart van der Zee, the host and creator of the fantastic Drum History Podcast. Bart's been producing high-quality interviews with experts on … Continue reading The Drum History Podcast #90: A Look At 1920s Jazz Drummers with NDB

Heroes #18: Carleton Coon (1893-32)

“Coon smiled behind the drums, twirling the sticks like a magician” - Joe Popper KEY RECORDINGS:With COON-SANDERS ORIGINAL NIGHTHAWKS ORCHESTRA, 1921-29 Some would contend that today's Hero, Carleton Coon, cannot honestly be called a jazz titan: like several other members of our Pantheon including Tony Sbarbaro and Sonny Greer, he performed and recorded exclusively with … Continue reading Heroes #18: Carleton Coon (1893-32)

Heroes #17: Jimmy Bertrand, 1900-1960

“The leading black show drummer in 1920s Chicago” – James Lincoln Collier KEY RECORDINGS:With ERSKINE TATE'S VENDOME ORCHESTRA, 1923-26JIMMY BERTRAND'S WASHBOARD WIZARDS, 1926-28With PICKETT-PARHAM APOLLO SYNCOPATORS, 1926With JUNIE C.COBB (E.C. Cobb & His Corn Eaters / State St. Stompers / Kansas City Stompers etc.) The overwhelming majority of the Heroes we’ve met so far in … Continue reading Heroes #17: Jimmy Bertrand, 1900-1960

Instruments #7: The ‘Snappy’ Turkish-style Cymbal, late 1920s

Over a year ago, I promised that I’d be taking a three-part look at cymbals and cymbal-playing in 1920s jazz, each article profiling a typical period instrument from my own collection which I use regularly, and examining some instructive audio examples of our ‘Twenties drumming Heroes using theirs in action. I began with an essay … Continue reading Instruments #7: The ‘Snappy’ Turkish-style Cymbal, late 1920s