Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library.
Here’s a 35-minute conversation I nabbed with the great Gregg Bissonette. He’s an American session drummer – currently touring with Rodger Fox’s Jazz Gala and playing some drum workshops ahead of those shows.
The day after I saw his clinic and gig in Wellington I was invited along to watch him coach the Victoria University School of Music Big Band – Gregg talked through some of his concepts of extreme dynamics and gave tough but fair feedback to the band. And then he and I slipped into Rodger’s office to have this conversation.
I’d seen Gregg’s clinic 20 years ago and have been a fan since I was something like 10 years old. I loved his work with David Lee Roth and Joe Satriani and then found out about his time with Maynard Ferguson – whose music I knew. Gregg is an in-demand and versatile drummer across film and TV session work and playing all styles between jazz and rock, subbing for Toto one minute, on the road with Ringo Starr as the drummer in his All-Starr Band the next.
So it was a thrill to have this time and to talk through some of these incredible experiences he’s accumulated. I had to get him to sign my David Lee Roth record of course!
My reviews of Gregg’s clinic and the Wellington show with Rodger and band are above but there are still dates for the rest of the country – so check out a clinic or get to one of the remaining Jazz Gala shows if you can.