A write-up about a recent Papa John DeFrancesco concert

Here is a story written by Patricia Meyers, a jazz aficionado located in Arizona.  She is very active in keeping all music alive and lists all the gigs on the Music Scene AZ website.  She also attends so many events…I honestly don’t know how she does it. Thank you Pat!! The …

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First Drum Clinic of 2015!!

A 9AM Drum Clinic was a little challenging…you know, brain not working yet, hands and feet still asleep but overall, it was a huge success!! A huge thanks goes to my endorsement companies, Vic Firth drum sticks, Bosphorus Cymbals, KickPort International & Humes and Berg drum cases.

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Exciting start to March 2015

WOW!!  Things really started off with a bang in March.  I was giving some of the artist relations people I spoke with at Winter NAMM 2015, time to dig through all the business cards and emails before I picked up our conversation from where we left off in person. I …

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Getting/Holding Onto Gigs

Getting gigs is extremely difficult in todays environment. Everyone if scrambling for a piece of the pie.  You not only have to be a great musician (to hold the gig because we all know you can initially fool some people upfront but you won’t last once you are put to the …

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2014 Is Going To Rock!!

Happy New Year everyone. This begins my 4th year as a full-time professional musician. This is my year for sure!! If you’re reading this and haven’t heard of me, you’re going to know about me soon enough. If you need a mature, versatile, dedicated, hard working drummer who is willing …

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What will 2014 bring?

Picture courtesy of www.gratefulmusic.com (this photo speaks to my 2014 aspirations) Be Happy Today It has taken me a long time to realize how important it is to be happy with the current moment and be grateful for what I do have.  I am always striving to be better and to …

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**FREE DRUM/BAND CLINIC** Sat Nov. 23rd from 12-2PM

A free drum clinic being held at Scottsdale Music Academy sponsored by Joe’s endorsement companies: Boso Drumsticks Bosphorus Cymbals KickPort International Joe will cover such things as groove, technique, dynamics, stage presence, marketing, promotion, endorsements & booking gigs. Prizes will be given away!! Call today to reserve a seat: (602) …

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Without an audience, it’s just a rehearsal. I am grateful to you all!!

Last night’s concert with The Papa John DeFrancesco Quartet at the MIM was epic for me. From the first downbeat to the last, I was smiling ear to ear for so many reasons; I was performing with an institution in the jazz world, Papa John DeFrancesco, I was performing with …

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