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March 2009

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckMarch 2009 • March 18, 2009

Jazz Legends Endorse Hamilton Stands
Drumming legends Jeff Hamilton and Lewis Nash now use Hamilton Stands’ KB225 and KB245 low mass, light weight cymbal stands. Weighing about 20 percent less than traditional stands of similar size, they are engineered using a U-channel design for the legs and braces to reduce weight. They also feature internally dampened tubes to eliminate rattles and steel-on-steel threads for all leg and tube positioning clamps. The KB225 is a small, flat base vintage-styled stand that can be positioned close-in to the drum set, tucking under the base drum. The stand folds to fit into a 24″ trap case with the ratchet fully upright, so it doesn’t have to be re-set each time the stand is unpacked. The KB245 is made with a large A-shaped base and extends to over 60″ in height. The stand is designed to fit into a 32″ trap case with the ratchet extended. The two drummers depend on the stands for hard-hitting performances; Nash is currently on tour with The Blue Note Seven, celebrating Blue Note Records’ 70th anniversary and Hamilton will be on a North American tour with Diana Krall this spring and summer.

Hudson Music Launches Teacher Integration Program
The Teacher Integration Program (TIP) is intended to advance drum education by helping instructors integrate traditional and new media in private, commercial, and institutional teaching situations. The program has been created by leading educators and professionals and features a wealth of free, online resources, support, and networking possibilities.

The core of the TIP program is a series of downloadable Teachers’ Guides containing in-depth information as well as examples of how to augment book-based learning with a new generation of DVDs and other forms of media such as CDs, MP3s, audio and video recording, music technology, and the Internet. Currently available Guides include: The Code of Funk (book CD) by David Garibaldi; Musical Drumming (DVD) by Gregg Bissonette; Secret Weapons For The Modern Drummer (DVD) by Jojo Mayer; Drumset Technique/History of the U.S. Beat (DVD) by Steve Smith; Groove Essentials 1.0 (DVD, book CD) by Tommy Igoe.

Additional TIP resources include: online interviews; teachers’ forums; roundtables; and discussion groups; suggestions and advice from the TIP advisory board; TIP welcome pack, including a certificate, sticker sheet, lesson planner, and Hudson DVD Sampler.

A TIP advisory board, made up of representatives from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, geographic locations, and teaching practices, has been established to provide input and oversight. The board features a roster of well-known drummers/teachers as well as fulltime educators. Membership is free and registration can be done on-line.

Kendor Jazz Journey Series Sheet Music
The Jazz Journey Series of sheet music from Kendor Music features “Good Time Charlie,” arranged by saxophonist Lennie Niehaus, and is moderate swing style with unison melodies, harmonized solos, and an open chorus for any and all members of the saxophone section. Also arranged by Niehaus, “Land Line” is straight-ahead, moderate swing for advancing groups. Aspiring soloists can develop their skills by using the suggested solos or improvising over the solo changes provided for all saxophones, trumpet, and trombone.

Jamey Aebersold Jazz Pocket GuidesJamey Aebersold Jazz Pocket Guides
The 3.5″ x 5.5″ Jazz Pocket Guides from Aebersold Jazz are sized to fit in your pocket. Chose from six titles: Saxophone Basics by internationally knownartist Dave Liebman; Saxophone Secrets by Saxophonist Daniel Joffe; Saxophone Workshop by player/repair man Peter Ponzol; Quick Chords, packed with simple, effective, jazz chord voicings in all 12 keys by pianist Andy Laverne; Keys Unlocked, learn to play in all 12 keys, by musician and educator Jerry Coker; Jazz Improvisation – A concise reference of chords, scales, and patterns used in improvisation, by pianist and educator Dan Haerle. Each Pocket Guide is $5.95.

The Titan from Highland Guitar
The Titan Guitar, the new flagship model in Highland’s Electric Jazz Guitar series, is crafted in a high gloss, vintage fireburst finish over a quilted maple top, back and sides. Features include: a custom wooden pickguard; rosewood volume and tone control knobs; and a rosewood floating tailpiece cover; wooden pick up covers; multi body flame maple and abalone binding; deco style gold tuners; and a rosewood fingerboard. A gold Bixby tailpiece is optional. The Titan’s case features a faux gator skin exterior, a plush interior, and a built-in Hygrometer.

Anne Drummond Endorses Sonare; WindsAnne Drummond Endorses Sonare; Winds
Sonare; Winds announced that New York City jazz flutist and composer, Anne Drummond, is now endorsing Sonare; flutes.Anne Drummond’s debut record, Like Water, is due to be released by Obliqsound records in May 2009 and features her original compositions played by a Brazilian rhythm section and strings. Her group performs at festivals abroad and plays regularly in New York clubs. Anne spends much of her time composing, and in 2008 she wrote the score for a national television commercial for T-mobile.

The EK Blessing’s Student Trumpet
The BTR-1275 Trumpet from EK Blessing is an instrument exclusively designed for students and is only available to school music dealers. The BTR-1275 is made from American brass. Nickel and monel materials provide the foundation for strong, resilient durability and performance intended to stand the test of time and the rigors of student use. The trumpets are all handmade in Elkhart, Ind. Throughout the development and construction of every BTR-1275, over 100 quality control procedures are in place. MSRP: $975.00

Metropolitan Drum Cocktail Kits
Available in 14″ and 16″ diameter by 24″ deep main drums, all Metropolitan Cocktail Kits feature Keller VSS Shells, heavy duty hardware, and crushed glass glitter finishes. .

These drums are modern versions of the classic cocktails with modern updates to make them playable in any genre.

JodyJazz's The Music of George Garzone DVDJodyJazz’s The Music of George Garzone DVD
The Music of George Garzone The Triadic Chromatic Approach from JodyJazz is a two DVD disc set – a comprehensive, intimate portrait of legendary tenor man and jazz educator, George Garzone. Features include lessons, performances, trading play-alongs, PDF supplements, interviews and more. Featured musicians include: George Garzone: saxophone; Mike Mainieri: vibraphone; Frank Tiberi: saxophone; Bob Gullotti: drums; and John Lockwood: bass. This DVD set is designed to be used by intermediate to the most advanced players.

Alfred Releases Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along
The sound of Afro-Cuban jazz is now accessible in a big band setting with Alfred’s new Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along by Joe McCarthy and Dave Samuels. This book and CD set contains six charts from McCarthy and Samuels’ collaboration album, Afro-Bop Alliance, which won a 2008 Latin Grammy. The play-along is available in two versions: Drumset/Percussion (by McCarthy) and Mallets/C instruments (by Samuels). Each book contains a CD with the original Afro-Bop Alliance recording and a play-along recording for each track.

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