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





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





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





Warrior Heart ~ on tour

26 04 2010

I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal both the listener and the musician.  In light of this fact, it was a absolute gift to recently do an outreach mini-tour in NYC with my group Warrior Heart sponsored by Lincoln Center.

We played concerts in some adult care facilities and nursing homes.  Every performance was unique and uplifting for me and the band.  We played some jazz, alot of Blues, some of my original material, and at the end of every show we had the audience singing, dancing & clapping with us.  I also loved watching the room come alive when Mazz Swift sang Summertime, a bit of a dusty classic to us musicians, but really appreciated by the audiences. I especially appreciated getting to share the adventure with some of my favorite musicians to work with.
It was a beautiful experience!

Warrior Heart is:

Mazz Swift – Violin & vox http://www.mazzmuzik.com/index.html

Steve Schwab – Bass http://www.myspace.com/jootsyszaba

Ron Jackson – Guitar www.ronjacksonmusic.com

Cassandra Faulconer – Bass (gig 1) http://www.casandrafaulconer.com/

Narjess Saad – percussion http://www.myspace.com/narjess

Ron Jackson & Mazz Swift

Steve Schwab - the Rhythm King

Ron, Narjess, Frae & Cass

Cass, Ron & Mazz pre-show making notes on charts