With Mike (Johnston) on “Lessons with Mike” 2011. Mike started studying with me when he was in the band “Simon Says.” ( 2008 or 9) I thought that band to be ready for world attention. It didn’t happen. After the band desolved, Mike went back to a hometown music store and started teaching himself (Sacramento). Probably the best thing that could have happened. Mike was a pioneer in programing lessons on-line (Mike’s Lessons). The concept took off and he is now one of the most well known drummers in the history of drums and drumming. What I especially appreciate about Mike is how hard he worked to achieve such a high level of playing skills in so many areas of drumming. And his technique is flawless. Plus, his independence between hands and feet and foot to foot while playing incredible things on the rest of the set is really excellent. We worked hard on that and he can keep one tempo going with his feet and be playing in another “related” tempo (polymeter) on the rest of the kit at the same time (in 2 different times). He’s really good at it !!
I’m here at Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago – with drummer and assistant manager John Maloney. To have a drum shop like Vic’s with people like Mgr. Kevin Jensen & John running it – in a city I just moved to – is an amazing thing! The photo was taken while standing in front of a wall of just Paiste Cymbals.
Internationally recognized jazz guitarist from: Toronto, Canada is featured on my latest album “Outside in the Present”
Reg is the real deal and has played with many known artists on both sides of the border and has been featured on more than a few highly acclaimed recordings. I love this musicians work!
“With the benefit of hindsight it is easy to surmise why this thoroughly enjoyable album, under the leadership of drummer Pete Magadini, escaped the attention of many jazz lovers. Bones Blues was just a few years ahead of it’s time. The music is straight ahead bop. The tunes are jazz classics…”
-Cadence Magazine 1990
Label – Sackville
1. Old Devil Moon
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Poor Butterfly
5. I Remember Clifford
6. What a Time We Had
7. Bones Blues
8. Freddie Freeloader Part 2