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Take Five With Jon Sheckler

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Meet Jon Sheckler:

At a young age Jon Sheckler is already proving to be a well-versed musician and up-and-coming bandleader in the Seattle area. As a drummer, Jon has had the opportunity to play with some of today's leading players including trumpeter Clay Jenkins
Clay Jenkins
Clay Jenkins
b.1964
trumpet
, award-winning vocalist Catherine Jensen-Hole, Chicago bluesman Al Rowe, and Seattle jazz luminaries Chad McCullough
Chad McCullough
Chad McCullough
b.1981
trumpet
, Reuel Lubag
Reuel Lubag

piano
, Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
b.1961
composer/conductor
, Jay Wienstien, Darrius Willrich
Darrius Willrich
Darrius Willrich

keyboard
, Jim Cutler
Jim Cutler
Jim Cutler
b.1963
saxophone
, Todd DelGuidice, Ryan Keberle, Rob Tapper, Jonathan Pugh, Dan Keberle and percussionist Michael Spiro.

Instrument(s):

Drums.

Teachers and/or influences?

Jim White, Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
b.1953
drums
, John Riley
John Riley
John Riley

drums
, Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
1927 - 2004
drums
, Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins
1936 - 2001
drums
, Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart
b.1966
drums
, Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Brian Blade
b.1970
drums
and Jeff Ballard
Jeff Ballard
Jeff Ballard
b.1963
drums
.

Your dream band:

I would love to have had Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
Bobby Timmons
1935 - 1974
piano
and Ray Brown
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
1926 - 2002
bass, acoustic
in my band. Also, you can't go wrong with cats like Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
1938 - 1972
trumpet
on trumpet, Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
on tenor, Butch Warren
Butch Warren
Butch Warren
b.1939
bass
on bass or Benny Green
Benny Green
Benny Green
b.1963
piano
on piano. Those are the people on the short list for me.

Favorite venue:

Tula's in Seattle is a great venue. They have such a high reputation in the city that the walk-in crowd is always good. The bar staff are not just there to make a buck either. They really get into the music and the room is a great place in which to be. The sound is good and the stage is set up just right.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

Energy and a certain amount of unpredictability are my main contributions. I always get into the music and try to do something different every performance. I want to surprise and be surprised every time I am on stage.

Desert Island picks:

The only album that is a true desert island pick I can nail down is James Taylor's One Man Band. It is a perfect recording. The songwriting is top notch and the emotion on the record gets to me every time I hear it. You can't passively listen to that record.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

Writer. I almost majored in creative writing before I decided to go for jazz. It is a great way to use my mind silently. If I didn't write music, I would write anything else.

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