#86 Jon Epcar-Drummer for Mean Girls, Carney, Spiderman on Broadway and More!
The photo of Jon Epcar was taken by: John Fell.
This episode features Jon Epcar. Born and raised in Los Angeles, drummer Jon Epcar currently resides in NYC. He has worked with many artists, including Bono, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield, Carly Rae Jepsen, Klangkarussell, Cristian Castro, Matt Morris, Madison Beer, Katie Melua, Evan Rachel Wood, Jackson Harris, Jesse James, The Ghostwriters, Taryn Manning, Matt & Kim, John Issac Watters, Danielia Cotton. He is a founding member of the band Carney, with whom he toured and recorded with for many years. On Broadway, he originated the drum chairs for Spider-Man and Amelie, and Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, where he is currently drumming.
Since the previous podcast episode, Aretha Franklin passed away and her album sales and streams rose a significant amount.
The social soundbyte is the video "Mini Solo" by percussionist Ivan Llanes.
This week's iconic recording is "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye. You can find the details of this song by clicking HERE and also info on Bobbye Hall one of the percussionists on the album. If you don't know her history, you can read more about that HERE.
You can write us in at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of some other drum vernacular like: Pea Soup (Disco), Chew Tobacco (Heavy Backbeat Swing), and Tanging the Hump (The Philadelphia Right Hand). You can hear the last example by John "Jabo" Starks in the song, "Turn on Your Lovelight" by Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King (performed by Bobby).
Thanks for writing in Joe Connors! In addition to previous apps we have talked about to help you practice, we can add the Salsa App to that list!
Music news for this week.....
Fox News messes up Aretha Franklin tribute. Also you should think long and hard before trying to pull off Aretha.
Spotify now includes producers and songwriter credits on songs (not all songs yet, and not the musicians who played either).
One of Jon's first gigs in L.A. after graduating was a pop band called Shut Up Stella.
You too can sign up with the musician's union. The local chapter in NYC is 802. You can find some Broadway jobs by searching HERE, HERE, and HERE. Becoming a sub is a better way to get your foot in the door.
If you are up for the challenge, you can try and study with Michael Carvin in the NYC area.