Eric Lewis aka ELEW is one of the scariest pianists around. Not in a bogeyman hiding in your closet or under your bed manner, but keep reading »
Drummers and their special instrument are the very heartbeat of any ensemble. More than just timekeepers, drummers guide the rest of the members in the keep reading »
With a driving, muscular swing feel, Tain’s rhythmic conception is one of intension and emotion. Like the rapper Action Bronson’s take on the ’90s sound of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Tain developed a modern version of Elvin Jones‘s style of play. His approach to the drums beautifully compliments the styles of Wynton and Branford. Together they create art that sounds both fresh and historically informed. It is no coincidence that Tain is the only musician to play on every one of the Marsalis brothers Grammy winning albums.
We all know that Jeff “Tain” Watts played the character of Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues and that he was the only real keep reading »
Folks, the masterful Jeff “Tain” Watts will be performing at Harlem’s hottest live music venue, Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster presented by Revive Music keep reading »
Coming up on Coltrane’s Birthday, Monday, Sept. 23rd, Revive Music and Jazz at Lincoln Center partner to premiere a joint celebration featuring Marcus Strickland Quartet keep reading »
A veteran of both the music and film worlds, Jeff “Tain” Watts is one of the most renowned drummers playing today based on both the scope and quality of his work. Appearing on literally every Grammy-winning record won by both Branford and Wynton Marsalis set him aside as one of the best, but for Watts that was only the beginning. We got Jeff to take some time away from his busy schedule preparing for the Generations of the BEAT Festival to discuss his role in Spike Lee’s ‘Mo’ Better Blues,’ his role as both a sideman and bandleader, and more.
Mark Whitfield Jr. comes from a dynasty of incredible musicianship and that has most certainly left a mark on his life as a musician. Beginning on the drums before even he could remember, Whitfield Jr. grew up shuffling around gigs with his father always eager to hop on stage and hold down the beat. Mark will be at the Generations of the BEAT Festival with his quartet for the first time on March 24th and he’s turning 23 that day too! Check out what he had to say about the upcoming festival, advice for developing drummers, and his experience growing up in a musical dynasty.
We live in a very fortunate time to have so many generations as well as so many different subsets of drummers with us today. From the traditionalists to the producers who chop them up (and some who do it all) we are extremely excited to delve into the Generations of the BEAT with insightful discussion from musicologists, the musicians who rely on these drummers, and the drummers themselves.
On March 23rd and 24th 2013, Generations of the BEAT, a two-night drummer festival hits NYC with headliners Jimmy Cobb and Billy Hart and a heavy list of notables and greats such as Andrew Cyrille, Lenny White, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kim Thompson, E.J. Strickland and younger noteworthy drummers such as Mark Whitfield Jr. and Joe Dyson.