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Hi John,. Im contacting you on behalf of a friend of mine. He is a master Brasilian percussionist by the name of Oscar Bolao. He is looking for historical photos of some jazz drummers of historical importance. Like you,Oscar is an amazing educator. His english is not very good so I've been using google translate. You guys have so much to talk about and share. Please let me know if you can help.Thanks tons!
by Jim Hamilton (philadelphia)January 26, 2012 7:44 PM
Hi john, I just wanted you to know I picked up "The Art of Bop Drumming" about six weeks ago. It has inspired me to learn something that i brushed off many years ago as a young boy taking lessons. I find myself staying up late playing after the wife has gone to bed just to go thru another lesson or two form your book. Thanks, Bob
by bob watrous (stonington, ct)January 21, 2012 8:41 PM
Hi John,happy New Year, I'm Miroslav,the trumpet player who played with you and Bill Cunliffe in Canberra last August..I'll be in NY for a week from the 18th January.I'd love to catch up if you have some spare time.Please let me know when and whwere you are playing . All the best, Miroslav
by Miroslav Bukovsky (canberra australia)January 13, 2012 1:10 AM
hi jhon i give you the very best wishes and happy new year from Roma .i 'm awayting you for a masterclass in Roma when you are avilable to came in Italy . let me know when you came in italy because i can organize this event . tank you snd best regards see you soon ...i hope . Mauriziio Spista
by Maurizio Spista ( Roma- napoli italia )January 3, 2012 1:34 PM
Hello mr, Riley! I can't thank you enough...i buy all your books and dvd...it change me so much...I work on all books and that's change and establish me as real jazz drummer. You're irreplaceable Professor...so, i have one simple question: I'm left-handed, that's not problem at all, but sometime, i'm confused concerning some exercises. In 'The art of bop drumming' in chapter 'Brushes', should i reverse brush patterns (which is very natural to me, because, as i sad, my left hand is on ride cymbal and right hand on snare). First pattern i can reverse, but, what with the others? What should i do? Please, answer me, mr. Riley. I hope you see you playing someday in Sarajevo and Tuzla, regards from Bosnia and Herzegovina!
by Nedim (Tuzla)January 2, 2012 1:23 AM
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