As I’ve just stepped into the big band world with the City Swing Big Band (Singapore), I feel I have now entered the Doctorate level of musicianship.
I wouldn’t say that I’m passionate about Big Band Jazz, but I strongly desire to be able to groove like those cats, as well as read and articulate charts like those cats with the precision and drive that they have. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and all thanks go to a musician friend who recommended me to the band’s musical director.
In addition to checking out videos and recordings of famous Big Bands including Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band, The Buddy Rich Big Band, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and The Benny Goodman Big Band, to name a few, I searched online for articles about the subject of Big Band drumming. I then came across Stockton Helbing’s article linked to his website about a week ago and found his thoughts on the life of a Big Band drummer very illuminating. If you’re curious about this type of drumming and music, please give the article (link included above) a read, and then go check out the music.
We’re already past the halfway mark into 2013 and I hope everyone is doing well in your lives!
As I write this post, I’m about 3 months away from reaching my 5th year mark in the music industry, and I have to say that 2013 is turning out be a year of interesting opportunities, especially in the area of studio recording. I’m starting to experience a dream come true. A dream that I’ve always had since I used to see names of famous session musicians credited on the liner notes on most of the recordings I own.
Last Saturday, I received a facebook message from a musician, Lin Yi Liang, whom I worked with on Voices From The Gramophone Concert last February, that he’d like me to play on 4 tracks on his new EP project. No brainer, I had to say, yes. We both got along very well during preparations for the VFTG concert and we both expressed our interest in collaborating further on future music projects. I understand that the EP is going to be Jazz-oriented and that’s a new thing for me! I’ve performed Jazz stuff in public, but not recording it in the studio yet! Gotta go get my Jazz chops up!
Two recording projects going on at the same time! Bring it on!!!