Local Drummer is One of My Favorites

So I co-host a cool little jam session on Tuesdays at the Owl and Thistle in Seattle.  A few weeks ago Royce Shorter showed up and sat in. This kid’s amazing. He won the Modern Drummer competition in 2004 and is a graduate of Garfield High.

It’s not just that Royce has serious ability and chops. It’s really about his creativity, ideas and freedom of expression.  He sat in for one tune, I forgot which. Some tune that was of AABA form and just tore it up.

He’s got amazing touch and speed. He really generates time. It’s almost like he plays without resolution. There’s simply forward flow and momentum. His concept of time and phrasing, along with his playfulness, really draws you in. He can come up with spontaneous linear ideas while he is comping or soloing. It’s really cool when they are not licks too.

If you get a chance, check him out. He is based in Seattle and he plays with some local R&B groups.

Check out the footage from a few years ago at the Owl:

This Guy Is Inspiring

So I was browsing You Tube searching for some cool drum solos and vintage Dennis Chambers and then I happened to run into this young guy from New Zealand named Dylan Elise.  Aparently he is a busker in the streets of Wellington. This video is a drum solo performance in a Jazz Festival. At first I thought “look at that gigantic drumset, another poser” and then I listened further and my jaw dropped.

I’m a sucker for amazing technique, and this guy’s hands are unbelievable. He’s a solo performer no doubt, a one man show. His feet are as quick as his hands too.


Also, don’t  forget to also go to Drummerworld.Com for short videos of the world’s greatest drummers!