Through my decades in the music business as a performer, composer, arranger, and/or educator I’ve accumulated a vast Rolodex of the world’s leading musical innovators. From this pool of contacts, I came up with the idea of creating this podcast, Backstage at The Enharmonic, to get a candid look at what music may have inspired my guests in their formative years and who are some of the current artist that they are listening to, especially outside of their genre. The goal of this project is to dispel misconceptions about their tastes, to surprise listeners and fans, to entertain and take listeners to an unexpected point of resolution and think differently about musical categorizations. I’m your host Sean J. Kennedy and welcome to today’s edition of Backstage at The Enharmonic with my guest….
BAM! It's The Daniel Glass Trio
May 29, 2022 I'm very happy to welcome my good friend, drummer, author, educator and historian, Daniel Glass back to the podcast! Today we do a deep-dive into his brand new burnin' album, The Daniel Glass Trio: BAM!
For more about Daniel, the trio, the album, etc.. please visit him at https://danielglass.com/
On the phone with, Harold Jones!
March 25, 2022 This short edition of Backstage at The Enharmonic features a recorded phone conversation that I had with the legendary big band drummer, Harold Jones. He was helping me prepare for a university-level master class. We dicusss: learning brushes, warming-up, plastic brushes, preparing to play new material with a big band, and more!
[This phone conversation was placed on February 7, 2020, exactly one month before the world shut-down. Just something to keep in mind as we are referencing his 'upcoming concerts' with Tony Bennett, etc...]
Wednesday, September 30, 2021, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia: I had the privilege to sit down and chat with drum legend, Mr. Jimmy Wormworth! Jimmy is best known for playing drums with the groundbreaking vocal jazz ensemble, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, plus his work with Al Haig, Lou Donaldson and for being house drummer at the Five Spot in 1959.
This edition of Backstage at The Enharmonic is very special, it’s the first interview that I’ve conducted live and in person, and would like to thank bassist Mike Merritt for suggesting that I interview Jimmy, and a big thank you to James Wormworth, Jimmy's son, for helping to coordinate this session.
The range of topics that we discuss are as varied as Jimmy’s career:
Lambert Hendricks and Ross blatant inequities in network television in the late 50s and early 60s. early influences and what inspired him to become a musician. the calling card of every jazz drummer, their ride cymbal sound. his opinions and thoughts about new music. words of wisdom for young and aspiring drummers of all ages
Our interview begins in the late 50s with Jimmy's recollections of meeting Kenny Clark...
Dame Evelyn Glennie
Friday, June 18, 2021 My next guest is certified super-star, Dame Evelyn Glennie! I've been following and admiring her career for 20+ years now. Through video conferencing technology I was able to chat with Evelyn based in London, from my home studio in Philadelphia. In today's segment, Dame Evelyn discusses her earliest music lessons in school, learning percussion with none of the traditional method books, the most important lessons that she learned from her two most influential teachers (Ron Forbes and James Blades), having the right musical mindset for doing extended solos and cadenzas, her favorite rock bands, her first snare drum and seven piece Premier drumset, how Scottish folk music continues to influence her music-making, her takeaways from the shut down, and so much more!
Dame Evelyn Glennie is the world’s premier solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists. Her solo recordings exceed 40 CDs and are as diverse as her career on-stage. A multiple GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee, Evelyn is also a composer for film, theatre and television. Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. Evelyn is currently forming The Evelyn Glennie Collection with a vision to open a center that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen.
The Drum Rudiment Edition with Tommy Campbell, Clayton Cameron, Liberty DeVitto, Matt Howard, David Lu, Sherrie Maricle, Berumda Schwartz, Chihiro Shibayama, Michael Vosbein, and John Wooton
June 13, 2021
THE DRUM RUDIMENT EDITION
Ten of my favorite drummers tell us about their favorite Drum Rudiment!
The panel includes:
TOMMY CAMPBELL CLAYTON CAMERON LIBERTY DEVITTO MATTHEW HOWARD DAVID LU SHERRIE MARICLE JON BERMUDA SCHWARTZ CHIHIRO SHIBAYAMA MICHAEL VOSBEIN JOHN "DR. THROWDOWN" WOOTON
Please consider checking out all of these great artists online to see/hear/learn more about their percussive artistry.
Thanks for listening!
May 21, 2021 At long last, Julian Bliss, internationally renowned clarinet phenom, and I get to chat! It's been two years in the making, but through the beauty of video conferencing we were able to conduct the interview. The interview starts well, at the beginning, discussing when and why Julian fell in love with the clarinet. From there we hit a lot of topics, including, performing for the queen at just 12 years old, transitioning to a professional adult musician, his love of danger, on and off stage, the forming of his jazz septet, lots of talk about a mutual hero, Benny Goodman, some exciting news about a brand new EP which he recorded with percussionist Joby Burgess, being released in June, and even talk about skydiving with his clarinet, while dressed as a bumblebee, performing Flight of The Bumblebee!?
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.
Backstage At The Enharmonic
Backstage at the Enharmonic provides great insight into the music business from some of the the top artists creating music today. As an interviewer, Sean really gets into how the artists broke into the business and created a path to their success. A must subscribe for all musicians and anyone interested in how the music industry works.