#73 Henry Cole-Grammy Award Winning Drummer, Sideman, Bandleader, Educator & More!
This episode starts with Damon and Marcos talking about names. They also refer to this clip from the movie Boomerang.
This week's guest is Henry Cole. Henry has performed with acclaimed jazz groups, including the Grammy-nominated Miguel Zenón Quartet ,Grammy winner David Sánchez, The Gary Burton Quartet, Quincy Jone’s Global Gumbo, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, The Ben Wendel Quartet and the all-star quartet “90 Miles” featuring Sánchez, Stefon Harris and Nicholas Payton. He has also recorded and performed with Chambao, Calle13, Residente and Draco Rosa.
A Puerto Rican native, and a current resident of New York, he has toured throughout the globe, performing in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Central America, Korea, and Japan. He combines various musical influences – Puerto Rican folklore, funk and R&B, jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms – creating his own unique genre that bridges the traditional with the contemporary. When not on tour, he teaches musicians in acclaimed classrooms, including those of Manhattan School of Music, The New School & The Sienna Workshops.
Our iconic recording this week is El Diablo, by Ray Barretto from the 1973 Indestructible album. If you want some more details, you can click this LINK or listen to the interview we did with Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez in episode #32
RIP to Reggie Lucas, Miles Davis Guitarist and Madonna Producer, passed away at 65.
Our educational spotlight goes to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the programs they have for furthering music education.
Music News for this week......
YouTube is presenting YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. Also, you can check out why you should hear Laurel and not Yanny (is that even a word?) Shoutout to percussionist Yoel Del Sol as well. Sony buys EMI publishing.
Damon is in L.A. playing with Brassroots District, a band started by friend of the show Ari Herstand. You can hear his interview on episode 14 with Fausto Cuevas. You can also read his blog, Ari's Take or even pick up his book, How to Make it in the New Music Business.
Henry will be launching a new website in June. As a teaser, you can hear the song leading into his interview titled, El Diablo written by Ray Barretto, arranged by Henry, performed by his group Villa Locura.
The trailer for the documentary "If We Are Related, We Shall Meet", can be seen here.....
Bomba and Plena are two styles of music native to Puerto Rico. Marcos brings up the band Henry played in called Orquesta La PVC that was a timba band inspired by: Klimax, Los Van Van, Charanga Habanera, & Isaac Delgado. Henry also credits Changuito and some of his songo vocabulary for inspiration as he was developing as a player.
Henry eventually went to the Manhattan School of Music and studied with John Riley. The two books John wrote that are referred to are "The Art of Bop Drumming" and "Beyond Bop Drumming". And these are the Gary Chafee books.
The track Henry mentions with some improvising on it for the Residente album is "La Sombra". The story of Rene and how he put together the Grammy award winning Residente album and documentary is an interesting one. You can learn more about that by clicking HERE.
Here's a video of Henry playing "Identities are Changeable" with the Miguel Zenon Big Band....
In his book bag he has Jacques Delcluse Method for Snare Drum, Marco Minnemann's Extreme Interdependence, Joe Morello's Master Studies, Rick Mattingly's Creative Time Keeping for the Contemporary Jazz Drummer. Damon brings up the Gary Chester book, The New Breed, which was inspiration for Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez's book Conversations in Clave. He also brings up Mark Guiliana's book Exploring Your Creativity on Drumset. Henry also brings up Johnny Raab's Jungle Drum "n" Bass book as well.
The song leading out of the interview was "Soli" by Ben Wendell.