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Springtime In New York City

There’s a Whole Lot Happening in the City That Never

Saturday afternoon, March 15 in New York
City finds Andres Forero
at the Richard Rogers
Theater, drumming for the newest
Broadway hit play, In the Heights, a tale about life in Manhattan’s
Washington Heights area.

Later that evening in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan,
The Vanilla Fudge, with legendary rocker Carmine
delivering drum power, are playing at the Blender Theater before a
sold-out crowd of over 1000 fans. The Fudge are as hot as ever and are touring
this summer, so see them if you can.

On the 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, a bunch of us drummers
are eating curry and rice at an Indian Restaurant. It’s a great cross-section
of players including the aforementioned Andres
, Joe Bergamini (Happy the
Man, author… all-round talented guy), the legendary Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Jonathan
(former Joe Satriani drummer, editor of DrumHead magazine, producer) Ron Thaler (international clinician,
sessions), and the great Horacee Arnold.
Running a bit late was sensational latin-jazz drummer percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his son Roberto (not pictured here).

Downtown at the Club Chacara, Robbie Ameen is playing to a packed room after an all-day rehearsal
for an upcoming gig with Paul Simon. The music tonight is a mix of originals and
standards, with Robbie swinging and grooving alongside piano, bass and sax.

Wednesday, March 19th and I’m in Brooklyn to visit Nir
at his studio. A great drummer who is busy with a number of recording projects
and live gigs, Nir was just back from performing at the massive Frankfurt Music
Fair. If you don’t know Nir, check him out. When Phil Collins originally left
Genesis, the band chose Nir to fill that seat. He’s also on the first couple
John Mayer hit albums, worked with Billy Squier, and more recently kept himself
busy with ex-Soundgarden mainman, Chris Cornell.


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