“Anyone can learn to play a jazz ride cymbal beat. The problem is making it swing. Shelly Manne's mentor was Davey Tough and to go back to listen to the early recordings of Woody Herman's ‘First Herd’ with Davey Tough playing drums, says it all. It's all about swing”.Read More
Rick Smith’s annual drum show at The Sphinx Shriners Center in Newington, CT featured Shawn Pelton of Saturday Night Live, and the award winning Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts. Both drummers gave extensive, in-depth informative clinics that were warmly received by a large audience.
As usual, many dealers were present buying and selling new, and vintage equipment. They included, Dynamic Percussion Manchester, CT -The Drum Center Portsmouth, NH - The Drum Shop, Portland, ME - Amedia Cymbals, Grover Custom Drums, Ottaviano Custom Cymbal Company, and NOMO Finish Protectors by Steve Ives.
In attendance were Zildjian legend Lennie DiMuzio with his daughter Therese DiMuzio. Also present, were Adam Nussbaum, Kenwood Dennard, Bobby Rondinelli, Gary Asher, Gregory Caputo, Billy Amendola, and Rob Gottfried. All were seen signing autographs, posing for photos, and hanging out with the crowd.
Overall it was another really exciting, well-attended show. Can’t wait until next year… I’m sure the 2015 edition will be just as great.