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Drummer and percussionist Todd Isler began his career on pots and pans in Mark and Marilyn’s kitchen at the age of 5 and soon graduated to the basement, where the formal study of drums began. He was fortunate to have grown up in Cleveland, where there was a rich and eclectic music scene. His early studies were with Don Friedman in Cleveland and Lenny Nelson at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He later returned to Cleveland to play on the local Jazz circuit and study with South Indian Mridangam master Ramnod V. Raghavan at C.S.U. The inevitable move to New York City happened in 1985 and he’s been threatening to leave ever since

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX

Read "Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Yilian Cañizares and Omar Sosa Aguas Ota Records 2018 Pianist/composer Omar Sosa has established himself as a pioneer at the edge of Cubano-Caribbean music. Sosa teams with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares for a breezy and sensual stroll through 11 original, for lack of a better term, world music compositions that are as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Art Lillard's Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Read "Reasons to Be Thankful" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Band makes its home about as far from heaven as one could plausibly roam--New York City, to be precise--the music it produces on Reasons to Be Thankful (recorded in 2000 and released six years later) evokes at times an empyrean vibe, thanks in part to blissful arrangements by Lillard and guitarist ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Tony Miceli & Diane Monroe In Media Pa Wednesday April 17th!

Tony Miceli & Diane Monroe In Media Pa Wednesday April 17th!

Appearing at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County—145 West Rose Tree Road in Media—on Wednesday, April 17th is jazz vibraphonist Tony Miceli with violinist Diane Monroe. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 215-517-8337. Jazz has produced but a few world class vibraphonists ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Diane Monroe: Bridging Diverse Musical Worlds

Read "Diane Monroe: Bridging Diverse Musical Worlds" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Listening to Diane Monroe play jazz violin--whether solo, duo, or in a group--what's immediately evident is how great an improviser she is, fitting seamlessly with the music and the group, breathing and moving with the music. Only then does it become clear that she possesses the precision, complexity, and technique of a classical concert violinist. Indeed, ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Light Riders featuring Premik Russell Tubbs

The Light Riders featuring Premik Russell Tubbs

Over the years, many are familiar with Premik Russell Tubb's performances coupled with a diversity of top musicians known as 'Premik & Friends.' This being said, his audience will likely recognize the players named here. To clarify, the The Light Riders are a separate and distinct group; the result of Premik's concentrated effort over time to ...

NEWS: EVENT

An Evening with The Light Riders featuring Premik Russell Tubbs

An Evening with The Light Riders featuring Premik Russell Tubbs

Over the years, many are familiar with Premik Russell Tubb's performances coupled with a diversity of top musicians known as Premik & Friends. This being said, his audience will likely recognize the players named here. To clarify, the The Light Riders are a separate and distinct group; the result of Premik's concentrated effort over time to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Todd Isler: Soul Drums

Read "Soul Drums" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

File under: drum/percussion showcase. Drummer/percussionist Todd Isler, on his sophomore effort, provides a diverting album that will perk up the ears of any student of rhythm and world-beat. To provide further variety, Isler's percussion solo tracks are spaced between ensemble tracks throughout the album. Soul Drums opens with a very mainstream “Kalalau ...


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