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Marvin Bugalu Smith

Marvin "Bugalu" Smith is a master drummer and the best way to understand him, is to listen to his own words...

I started playing drums at age 2 and in that time I studied with all of the great master drummers: Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Hayes, Art Taylor, and my brother Earl "Buster" Smith. My out look on music is without end. Right now what I'm doing is teaching young people, to understand how the master drummers got there power on the drums. Understanding the basic foundation of the drums. Teaching them that it was used for communication, a way to talk to people. So with this understanding of the drums, we can go to an even deeper level of understanding. My way of playing the drums is to PUT THE TIME FIRST, before the technical side. Right now, I honestly feel we have the very best drum school AND a lesson program online In A LITTLE different kind of trio This is the sixth time that we used the 24 track Tascam recording console and the HD camera for our Recording live at the Terrace Lounge and I’m pleased To say that we have understood the important recording Process that of mixing with some effects This is right in time for the present date 1/20/09 with David Schnitter tenor sax with Art Blakey and Rich Syracuse bass with - And of Course Marvin Bugalu Smith on drums with Archie Shepp and Sun-Ra This trio is a must see! Bumar Records is dedicated to the highest Musical level of each student moment to moment Bumar Records web. site go there to hear all about bugalu’s Groups and for the whole performance go to vimeo.com Marvin Bugalu Smith on drums with Archie Shepp and Sun-Ra David Schnitter Tenor sax with Art Blakey.


Album Review

Dave Sewelson: More Music for a Free World

Read "More Music for a Free World" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson may not be as widely-recognized as those whose company he regularly keeps, this long-standing veteran of William Parker's Little Huey Orchestra and the Microscopic Sextet has long been a force in wielding his weighty axe, lending lower-end punch with vigor and dexterity for several decades. Here he's reunited with Parker, drummer Marvin Bugalu Smith and trombonist Steve Swell for a follow-up to a recording from 2018, Music for a Free World (FMR Records). Like its ...

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Performance / Tour

Marvin Bugalu Smith with Rob Scheps in Kingston, NY Jam Session Aug. 6 & 13

Marvin Bugalu Smith with Rob Scheps in Kingston, NY Jam Session Aug. 6 & 13

Source: All About Jazz

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