Anatomy of a Blues workshop Rhythm Road #18

7 07 2010

Universidad Mayor – Santiago Chile

4 parts.

1. The story & power of the Blues – Eli Yamin

2. the rhythm of the blues – LaFrae Sci

3. the vocal blues melody – Kate McGarry

4. the harmony of the blues – Bob Stewart


This is a segment from my Rhythm of the blues workshop

The final Blues Jam





Rabo de nube/Chilean Sunsets Rhythm Road #17

7 06 2010





Iquique, Chile/ Rhythm Road #16

7 06 2010





Viva Chillan, Talca, & Curico!~ Rhythm Road #15

23 05 2010

3 very soulful stops on our Rhythm Road tour

Music: Rabo De Nube written by Sylvio Rodriguez, performed by (us) The Eli Yamin Blues Band





Manaus, Brazil Rhythm Road #14

20 05 2010

River Song – Bebel Gilberto





Belem, Brazil! Rhythm Road #13

20 05 2010

music…Traditional Carimbo from Belem





Fortaleza, Brazil~Rhythm Road #12

19 05 2010

music: Dando De Bom -Luiz Gonzaga  / Forro from N.E. region





Obrigada Recife! Rhythm Road #11

8 05 2010

Music: Leao Do Norte – performed by Rose Moraes, written by Lenine as tribute to the beautiful Brazillian state of Pernambuco.


MUITO Obrigada

Edvaldo Amorim – for everything

Jorge Martin – For your Maracatu studio and Corpos Percussivos

Marivaldo Lima – For your teaching drumming passion

Pilar do Favela Corpos Percussivos – for your powerful Maracatu and playing together with you

Claudinho Santana – for the Pandiero lesson

and all of our kind hosts!





Escola Corpos Percissivos ~ Rhythm Road #10

4 05 2010

We (Eli Yamin, Kate McGarry, Bob Stewart & I) arrived in Recife, Brazil in the early afternoon. We had the whole day to catch up on our rest before beginning our schedule of workshops and clinics….but I simply couldn’t sit in my hotel knowing that something like this was happening out there somewhere.

This is my first day in Brazil.

Thankyou Jorge Martins and Marivaldo Lima!


Thankyou Edvaldo S. Amorim for taking my perhaps not so sublte requests seriously and arranging the visit!!!





M.S.J.A. Graduation Day

2 05 2010


I spend a few hours each week teaching Jazz Language at the Middle School Jazz Academy out of Jazz @ Lincoln Center.  I work with the students on understanding the rhythm and swing of jazz, the power of the blues, and I lead them through history as we explore the lives and music of Jazz Masters like Louis Armstrong, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonius Monk, Tito Puente, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey and Nina Simone (to name a few).

I also have two private drum students in the Academy.

I very much appreciate the opportunity to present the music and tradition that I love to young people.  It is beautiful to watch them discover themselves and their place in this music.

It is also a joy to work along side my dear friend and musical colleague Eli Yamin (www.eliyamin.com) who is the program founding Head of Instruction.


These are a few shots from their final concert/graduation day combined with one of my favorite Duke Ellington tunes, Rockin’ in Rhythm.


For more information about the Middle School Jazz Academy: http://www.jalc.org/jazzED/s_msja09.html