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Old 04-15-2021, 08:38 PM
Delorso Delorso is online now
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Default Re: This is the Post a Picture of Your Drum Instructor Thread

I'm late to this, but what a great idea for a thread. (And Mark, that's wild that Roy Burns was your teacher!)
My teacher was Eddie Locke, a fantastic drummer and person who played with a ton of jazz greats starting back in the 50s, I think. Incredibly interesting life, a brilliant storyteller - both on and off the drums. That's him (circled) as a young man in the "A Great Day In Harlem" photo.

He would take me with him on his gigs sometimes, and one of the first he took me to was at the Blue Note, where I'd never been but obviously had heard of. He was making fun of me for being so dumbstruck when we got there (I was barely in high school at the time), and then during one of his solos, he took one of his shoes off and started using that to play with while making goofy faces at me. (And of course, he played better with a shoe than I'll ever play with a stick or brush.)

He always ended every lesson with the same line: "You can have a rhythm without a melody, but you can't have a melody with a rhythm."
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