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Les DeMerle

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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

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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, ...

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Spectrum

Label: P-Vine Records
Released: 2011

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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.

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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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The Les DeMerle Band: Cookin' At The Corner, Volume One

Read "Cookin' At The Corner, Volume One" reviewed by Edward Blanco


A veteran first-call musician and leader of many bands who has also shared the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Torme, power drummer Les DeMerle's fourth album on the Origin label, Cookin' at the Corner, Volume One, was recorded live at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina in ...

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Cookin' At The Corner, Vol. One

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Cookin' At The Corner; It Might As Well Be Spring; Bennie's From Heaven; Cute; Satin Doll/Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Agua De Beber; Lullaby Of Birdland; Stardust; Smack Dab In The Middle; The Shadow Of Your Smile; The More I See You; What A Difference A Day Makes; Compared To What; Jumpin' With Symphony Sid; I Do Love You.

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Hittin' the Blue Notes, Volume 2

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Sister Sadie, Cantalope Island, Sandu, Invitation, Alfie, Route 66, The Sidewinder, Killer Joe, From the Hip, Goin' to Chicago, Money's Gettin' Cheaper

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Dynamic Les DeMerle Band: Hittin' the Blue Notes, Volume 2

Read "Hittin' the Blue Notes, Volume 2" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


A lot of us jazz fans cut our listening teeth on Blue Note records by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and more. The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band's Hittin' the Blue Notes, Vol. 2 celebrates that classic sound with a set of swinging, hard-driving hard bop tunes.Les DeMerle sat in the drummer's chair in ...


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