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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….

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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….

    Trey O'Toole

    Trey O'Toole

    February 19, 2024 Drummer, teacher and entrepreneur Trey O'Toole is the next guest on Backstage at the Enharmonic!
    Trey is a professional percussionist and instructor with over 30 years of experience and is co-owner of Pulse Drumming MusicWorks in Ventura, CA. 
    He holds Bachelor of Music with emphasis on orchestral percussion and has a strong understanding of western harmonic theory, ethnic studies, world music, and jazz. He is passionate about teaching and serving his community in California and beyond through his longtime association with the Percussive Arts Society, especially the Drumset Committee on which he served for six years.
    Today Trey talks about Pulsedrumming.org and his incredible story of acquiring one of Neil Peart's drumkits!
     
    For more about Trey please visit him online: pulsedrumming.org
    For more info about the Percussive Arts Society please visit: www.pas.org

    • 25 min
    Jim Riley

    Jim Riley

    April 7, 2023 Busy Nashville drummer, Jim Riley is the next guest on Backstage at the Enharmonic!
    Jim is the drummer and bandleader for multi-platinum group, Rascal Flatts as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Drumset Studies at Belmont University Since moving to Nashville in 1997, Jim he has played over a thousand of sold out shows for millions of fans. His television credits include The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, The American Music Awards, The Voice, American Idol, Dancing with the stars, Oprah, and The Today Show. Jim’s recording credits include Rascal Flatts most recent album ‘Back to Us’ including the #1 hit single “Yours If You Want It”, ‘Me and My Gang (album)’, EA sports ‘MADDEN Football’, Brian McKnight’s album, ‘Ten’ as well as TV/movie soundtracks for “Heaven is Real”, ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ and The hit show, Nashville.
    Jim’s has been constantly recognized by his peers as being one of the best in the business. 2011-2015, 2017 Jim was voted “Best Country Drummer” by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine as well as winning “Best Drum Clinician” in 2009. The readers of DRUM! Agree voting Jim “Country drummer of the year” 2008-2010, 2012-2013.2016
    In May of 2014 Jim was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer. 
     
    For more about Jim please visit him online: https://jimrileymusic.com/ and on Instagram

    • 57 min
    Hail to The Chief: Remembering Joe Goebel

    Hail to The Chief: Remembering Joe Goebel

    October 28, 2022 This episode is about two years overdue!  It is a tribute to my late undergrad percussion professor, Joseph Goebel (11/8/39-10/26/20) who passed away on October 26, 2020.  He was truly, one-of-a-kind!  This episode features me and my memories of The Chief.  It begins with the first time that I met him, at my undergrad percussion audition.  Through a series of vignettes I attempt to paint the picture of studying with and observing Joe.  I talk about his studio, what was meaningful to him, his famous spaghetti dinners, the Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony 'timpani challenge', the national tours with the West Chester Univeristy Percussion Ensemble, his unique sense of humour and of course, the most valuable lesson that he ever taught me right after our last time performing together in Clearwater, Florida at the Adam's Mark Hotel.  Hail to the Chief!

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    BAM! It's The Daniel Glass Trio

    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/

     

     

    • 44 min
    On the phone with, Harold Jones!

    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...]

    • 11 min
    Jimmy Wormworth

    Jimmy Wormworth

    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...

    • 21 min

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