Dynamics! Exactly! I just saw my #1 drumming idol, Dave Weckl, for the first time w/Brian Bromberg's Jazz All-Stars @ Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland last Tues nite, the 20th! He got the most audience applause by far & blew me/us away w/his dynamics & chops. I sat 5 feet away from his drums & my guitar & bass buddies sat just 5ft. one table behind me. His fluidity, speed, dynamic control, chops, & tasteful musicality were amazing! I'd never been to Yoshi's even tho' I'm right across the water in San Francisco. It's an awesome venue to see your fave. bands/artists! It was by far the best show I'd ever been to. &, a new Yoshi's jazz club is opening in San Francisco next month that's twice the size! The same kind of talented artists will come thru MY city here! Yoshi's--> http://www.yoshis.com/Timekeep69":20hq1y4v said:There's this thing called dynamics.
After the show, we hung out in the lobby, as Brian B. said they'd be around to chat, sell CDs, take pics., & sign autographs. D. Weckl grabbed a beer @ the bar & was accosted by about 15 people who'd formed a line to meet him. I waited for most peeps to leave & approached Dave Weckl saying "No photos or autographs for me, Dave. I just wanted to shake my drumming hero's hand!" :lol: We then spoke for a good 10 mins. about ambidexterity, Buddy Rich, his own music & other projects, my muzak & playing, etc. I asked where he lived, where he was from, & if he gave lessons but he said he was too busy playing out these days. He snickered when I said "It's funny, Dave. I feel like a giddy 12yr old meeting Santa 4 the 1st time. I own 5 of your instructional DVDs, 6 music CDs, play eight of your HHX Evolution cymbals, & have gone thru about 40 pairs of your sexy, orange sticks." I told him of our San Francisco history, my brotherly band & myspace pages, & a bit about Jazz guru Peter Magadini (my teacher), whom Dave knows. Both are Yamaha drum & Vic Firth stick endorsees.
Trivia: Dave's fairly short @ about 5'6+", an earthy, laid-back dude, & seems pretty fukken cool! Among other things, I said "Great playing! Thanx 4 the show. We'll be back to see y'all @ either Yoshi's again!"