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Jack Sperling

The definitive American Big Band and studio drummer. He was a recording artist, versatile jazz combo and dynamic Dixieland musician. In 1941 he played with trumpeter {{Bunny Berigan = 4938}}. Following the end of World War II Jack, along with a young pianist Henry Mancini, joined {{Tex Beneke = 3773}} when he took the popular Glenn Miller big band on the road (1946-1949), following Miller's death. Sperling first gained distinction with the Beneke recording of "St. Louis Blues" (1948), becoming know for his pioneering, propelling double bass drum solos, his trade mark throughout his career. When he played a solo, the melody line remained part of his drum work

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dave Weckl: On Time

Read "Dave Weckl:  On Time" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Dave Weckl hit the New York fusion scene in the early 1980s. It didn't take long for this talented drummer from Saint Charles, Missouri to get recognized and hired by artists like singers Madonna, Robert Plant, Diana Ross, and Paul Simon, as well as guitarist/vocalist {George Benson}}. Weckl toured with the keyboardist Chick Corea's Elektric Band ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILE

Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz

Read "Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

If the importance and the contributions of jazz are measured by its recorded legacy, then Fresh Sound Records--and its founder, Jordi Pujol--must be duly recognized for rescuing a legacy that might otherwise be lost or nearly impossible to find, and for making it available to the public.Specifically, this legacy includes recorded works by saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor

Read ""Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor" reviewed by Jack Bowers

From October 19-25 Betty and I were at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel to attend Modern Sounds, the L.A. Jazz Institute's four-day salute to West Coast jazz, followed by a day-long tribute to Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary bandleader's birth. We arrived a day early to be primed and ready for ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jack Sperling with Peggy Lee

Jack Sperling with Peggy Lee

Here's a cool clip from a late 60's TV special. Peggy Lee sings one of her hits “Fever" backed by Max Bennett on bass, who later became more well-known when he switched to electric bass and played with Tom Scott's LA Express. The drummer is the legendary Jack Sperling in a rare on-camera appearance. Sperling passed ...


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