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Les DeMerle


Long at the forefront of modern jazz drumming, drummer, clinician and band leader Les DeMerle toured and recorded with the Harry James Big Band from 1970 to 1982. One of those recordings, "King James Version" won a Grammy Award. Les toured for three years and recorded with Wayne Newton, also toured and recorded with Manhattan Transfer, and has appeared with many other musical greats, including, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Joe Williams. His own jazz/rock group Transfusion, produced five poll-winning albums, and his two educational drum books, Jazz/Rock Fusion, Volumes 1 and 2, published by Hal Leonard, have long been best sellers.

Cookin' At The Corner, Volume One

Les DeMerle's 4th recording for Origin is another swinging affair that further cements his reputation as one of the most dynamic drummers in jazz


Once in a Lifetime

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Come Back to Me; Feelin' Good; On a Clear Day; Raunchy Rita; Signifyin'; Alfie; Sticks; That's Life; Once in a Lifetime; Taking a Chance on Love.


News: Event

Les DeMerle Little Big Band 'Dance & Jazz Party Cruise' on the Caribbean — Book Your Cabin Today

Les DeMerle Little Big Band 'Dance & Jazz Party Cruise' on the Caribbean — Book Your Cabin Today

The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, will transport their popular Dance and Jazz Party to the high seas this fall when they settle into a unique seven-day musical cruise in the Caribbean. The group will be featured nightly on MSC Cruises’ newest ship, The Seascape, from November 11-18, 2023. They will ...


Article: Album Review

Les DeMerle: Once in a Lifetime

Read "Once in a Lifetime" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Les DeMerle recorded his first album, Once in a Lifetime, when he was a twenty-year-old prodigy in 1967. However, as is sometimes true in the music business, the album was lost in the shuffle at Atlantic Records and sat gathering dust until someone had the good sense to retrieve and release it some fifty-six years ...


Article: Liner Notes

Les DeMerle & Sound 67: Once in a Lifetime

Read "Les DeMerle & Sound 67: Once in a Lifetime" reviewed by Scott Yanow

Every once in a while, the discovery of a forgotten recording from the past results in the history of jazz being altered. Until now, it was believed that the hard-driving and swinging drummer Les DeMerle made his first recordings in 1969 with his debut as a leader, Spectrum. The first-time release of Once In A Lifetime, ...


Song of the Day

Come Back to Me

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 03:00


Article: Bailey's Bundles

The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren

Read "The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This is a spotlight on drums...a pretty big spotlight. Edwin G. Hamilton The Whole World Must Change Self Produced2016 It's hard enough to find a drummer, much less one who sings. There is Les DeMerle, and he is fine, but, the drummer/singer is a pretty hard chair to fill, ...



Label: P-Vine Records
Released: 2011


Cookin' at the Corner, Volume Two

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: In A Mellow Tone; Our Love Is Here To Stay; You Don't Know Me; Work Song; Caravan; I'm Beginning To See The Light; S'Wonderful; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?; Let's Fall In Love; How High The Moon; Autumn Leaves/Les Feuilles Mortes; Black Orpheus/Manha De Carnaval; All Around The World; I Want You To Be My Baby; Jumpin' With Symphony Sid.


Article: Album Review

Les DeMerle Band Featuring Bonnie Eisele: Cookin' at the Corner, Volume Two

Read "Cookin' at the Corner, Volume Two" reviewed by Edward Blanco

On November 11 and 12, 2005 drummer Les DeMerle and his band recorded a two-session live performance at The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina, producing his fourth and fifth recordings, Cookin' at the Corner, Volume One and Volume Two for Origin Records. Recording a total of thirty songs, Volume Two represents the second half ...


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