Drummer Roger Humphries, subject of an upcoming documentary film, chronicled in today's PG, by both Nate Guidry's video and Kevin Kirkland's story, celebrates another of the many Pittsburgh jazz luminaries who've left a worldwide impact. Roger notes the influence of Art Blakey on his playing, the man who taught him his famous "press roll," demonstrated in the video. Blakey, the Pittsburgh-born drummer who founded the Jazz Messengers, led a band that became a pillar of the Hard Bop movement in jazz and a virtual musical conservatory for generations of jazz greats, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis among them.
Sunday, 16 February 2014 10:56
Published in Get Rhythm