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Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


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Jazz Concert Featuring Five of the World's Top Drummers

Event Details

Jazz Concert Featuring Five of the World's Top Drummers

Time: August 15, 2009 from 8pm to 11pm
Location: The Forum Conference Center
Street: 1375 E. 9th Street
City/Town: Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Website or Map:…
Phone: 440-498-3395
Event Type: drum, fantasy, camp
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Latest Activity: Aug 9, 2009

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Event Description

Concert 8:00 p.m. - $39.50
Legendary drummer Steve Smith (Journey/Vital Information) brings his fantastic Jazz Legacy group to Cleveland. Steve, Dave Weckl, Tommy Igoe, Peter Erskine, and Dafnis Prieto will share the show equally, performing a wide array of tunes, and joining each other for rare duets and group jams! Plus, there will be surprise guests!

Steve Smith’s Jazz Legacy plays music that is dedicated to honoring the legacy of many of the great jazz drummers such as Art Blakey, "Philly" Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. Jazz Legacy also performs original compositions and arrangements written by the individual band members which serves to gives the band a unique direction.

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and before the concert:
Clinic Noon - 3:00 p.m. - $25.00
(save with a combination package, $55.00 -save $9.50)
Join Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Tommy Igoe, Peter Erskine, and Dafnis Prieto for a special three-hour clinic! These world-class drummers will run a roundtable discussion and answer questions from the audience. They will also perform together!
Get Out and Support Great Music in Cleveland!

The concert is part of an event called Drum Fantasy Camp. Drummers from all over the world will be attending the concert as well as a clinic the afternoon of the 15th. Some drummers are also taking master classes with the instructors at Cleveland's Hyatt at the Arcade.

This is the second year Cleveland has hosted this event. It was moved to Cleveland from New York City in 2008 and has been a great event for the city - attracting drummers and music enthusiasts from more than 10 countries.

support this GREAT Cleveland event!

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