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It is with sadness that we morn the passing of Joe Morello, who was so important in my life, and in the lives of so many students, musicians, friends, and fans who were affected and influenced by his musicianship and incredible spirit. We will miss him and his influence will live on through all of us. It's actually impossible for me to speak for one minute about any drum related subject in my life without giving him due credit for his influence, and I will do my best to perform, teach, and go through life as the best human being I can with his integrity as a role model. Thanks Joe, for everything!
New EVOLUTION of JAZZ text book from HUDSON MUSIC
That being said, Iam proud to promote a new book, the Evolution of Jazz Drums (Hudson Music), that is dedicated to Joe. I was hoping to have it as a dedication, not a tribute, but I am still proud that it was released in his honor, and he did get to see a copy of it before printing. Please see the link on this page for more information, and I hope this workbook will provide some insight for those interested in the study of Jazz drumming.
New INTERACTIVE MASTER CLASS DVD (True Fire)
I am also proud to announce the release of an interactive Drum Master class DVD, (Danny Gottlieb's Master Class) available from True Fire. I do refer to many of Joe's teachings in this DVD as well as some of the concepts used in my teaching at the UNIVERSITY of NORTH FLORIDA. Please check the link for more information, and refer to the YOUTUBE excerpts.
TECHNIQUE LESSON DVDs with JOE MORELLO (Mel Bay)
For those interested in specific information about Joe's teachings, I was lucky enough to have been able to record 6 lessons with Joe, with Joe as the instructor and myself as the student. They only scratches the surface, but I am so proud, and we are SO LUCKY to have these videos available. I feel that these are presented on behalf of ALL of the students who passed through Joe's studio during the years . . .
PERFORMANCE DVDs with JOE MORELLO and MARK EGAN (Homespun)
These two DVDs were recorded in Levon Helm's barn in Woodstock, for Happy Traum's Homespun Company, years ago. I stayed after the session editing. Joe went and had a great time with Levon. I am so lucky to have had Joe agree to play a solo on camera with me. His comments were that whenever I ran out of ideas, I played a single stroke roll . . . I probably still do that. I hope these are enjoyable documents and provide some useful information.
BOOKS - Mel Bay
I am proud to have co-authored two drum texts with Michael Green, a fantastic drummer and friend in Nashville.They are available from Mel Bay.
There are 7 other Educational DVDs on the Market from the Mel Bay Company. I hope they provide some useful information, and again reflect the influence of Joe Morello, and the use of his information in my teachings at the University of North Florida.
Thanks everyone, for the support, and all the best of luck.