The Mint Jam- DRUM NIGHT: Trio of Jazz Drummers Tribute to Art Blakey

The Mint Jam- DRUM NIGHT: Trio of Jazz Drummers Tribute to Art Blakey

Monday, November 19

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$5.00

This event is 21 and over

One-of-a-kind jazz night: A trio of Jazz drummers tribute Art Blakey in the style of his infamous albums, Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland (1960) and Drums Around The Corner (1958).

“Experience a conversation with drums from Los Angeles’ Premier jazz drummers, Kevin Kanner, Dan Schnelle, and Charles Ruggerio. In the style of Art Blakey’s Gretsch Drums at Birdland album, this trio of 'skinsmen' will play, three at a time, alongside The Mint's very own house jazz band. Fans of drumming and fans of jazz will revel at this one of a kind special event, only at The Mint."

 

Kevin Kanner
Kevin Kanner
By the age of 15 he was under the tutelage of the great Jeff Hamilton, who become a serious mentor and musical father figure to him. At age 20, Kevin was the first drummer to ever receive the Los Angeles Jazz Society Shelly Manne new talent award. An award given out by Flip Manne, Shelly's widow. That same year Kevin was invited to perform at the Hollywood bowl in a 4 generations of jazz drumming, along with Jazz drumming legends, Billy Higgins, Louie Bellson, Jeff Hamilton, and fellow youngster, Marco Minnegan. 
 
From there, Kevin has spent his career touring and performing with some of the biggest names in Jazz since his late teens. These Artists include John Pizzarelli, Maureen McGovern, The Gilbert Castellanos Quintet, The Bill Holman Band, The Gerald Clayton Trio, The Clayton Brothers, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Jane Monheit, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Larry Goldings, Charles McPhearson, Benny Green, Bob Hurst, Peter Washington, Terell Stafford, Russell Malone, Stefon Harris, Johnny Mandel, Larry Koonse, The Eric Reed Trio, Mary Stallings, Bill Henderson, Anat Cohen, Dominic Faranacci, Carolyn Leonhart, Larry Goldings, Anthony Wilson Nonet and Trio, Laurence Hobgood, Bob Hurst, Joe Magnarelli, Helen Sung, Monty Alexander, Houston Person, Wycliffe Gordon, Patrick Cornelius, Randy Napoleon, Walter Smith III, James Morrison and many more.
 
Kevin was an integral part of Lionel Hampton Jazz festival as an 7year long member of its "All Star Rhythm Section", which Includes Bassist Ben Williams, Pianist Josh Nelson and Guitarist Graham Dechter. Kevin was also on faculty at Port Townsend jazz festival @ Centrum. 
Daniel Schnelle
Daniel Schnelle
Dan Schnelle is one of the most talented, in-demand drummers in the Los Angeles area. Known for an intuitive ability to provide precisely what is necessary for each performance, Schnelle understands how to make other musicians comfortable, while bringing enough of the unexpected to his playing to keep it consistently exciting. Unsatisfied with the idea that the drum set is merely a time-keeping device, Schnelle is thoughtful about how this unique instrument, with its nearly limitless variety of sounds, can be tastefully and effectively deployed in a wide variety of musical situations. Years spent collaborating with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles (and beyond) have earned him a reputation as a hard-working, professional, and creative team player; one who is, above all, committed to musical excellence. A list of collaborators include: Josh Nelson, Daniel Rosenboom, Anthony Wilson, Laurence Hobgood, Walter Smith III, Joshua White, Sara Gazarek, Larry Goldings, Philip Dizack, Dayna Stephens, Larry Koonse, Ben Wendel, Nick Mancini, and more.
Charles Ruggiero
Charles Ruggiero
Charles Ruggiero was born to be a drummer. The son of world renowned jazz musician Vinnie Ruggiero, Charles spent his early years surrounded by the "who's who" of Jazz. There was always music around, and with musicians like Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Freddie Hubbard, and Jon Hendricks coming to spend time and play, it was only a matter of time before he caught the bug and asked his father to play the "bang-bangs".
As a teenager Charles got serious about drumming, playing anywhere he could. He knew he was onto something when other high schools, local colleges, professional theatre groups and popular local bands throughout western N.Y. started to hire him. After he won a seat in the New York State All State Jazz Ensemble, every music college in the U.S. came calling. When Manhattan School of Music offered a full scholarship and a chance to study with famed jazz educator Justin DiCioccio, he jumped at the chance. His time at MSM proved invaluable. New York City in the early 90's was alive with jazz, and he was helping shape the scene along with current jazz luminaries Joshua Redman, Peter Bernstein, Jane Monheit, Ryan Kisor, Stefon Harris, Brad Mehldau, Myron Walden, Chris Potter, and Dwayne Burno, to name a few.
Venue Information:
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
http://www.themintla.com/