Louis Armstrong Masterclass

One of the goals of PercussionEducation.com is to curate materials found on the interwebs. This brief interview features Richard Matteson talking about his experience with Louis Armstrong (1960 – Louis & Dukes of Dixieland) and the important lesson that Louis taught him. Spend the next 8 minutes and listen to this. You will not be sorry.

And when you are done with that video, be sure to check out this “masterclass”: Joe Morello Killer Exercise

Jeff Hamilton & Steve Smith Brush Duet

I have always enjoyed listening and learning from great musicians. Too often we listen to people we want to emulate on our own instrument when you can gain valuable insight from other musicians. Over the next couple of months, I am going to put together a series of blog posts of musicians, artists and other creatives that have inspired me. In his book, Steal Like an Artist, author Austin Kleon talks about the theory of picking one great artist and reading, listening and learning everything they did. Once you have learned from that artist, you pick three artists that inspired the first artist. Sounds like endless inspiration to me!

Terry Gibbs Portrait

This short video highlights the career of Terry Gibbs. From Wikipedia: Terry Gibbs, born Julius Gubenko on October 13, 1924, is an American jazz vibraphonist and band leader. He has performed or recorded with Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Jackson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Alice Coltrane, Louie Bellson, Charlie Shavers, Mel Tormé, Buddy DeFranco, and others. Gibbs also worked in film and TV studios in Los Angeles.