I caught up with
"Cindy" while she's rehearsing for Lenny Kravitz' new tour
I know your
right in the middle of rehearsing.....so, I'll make this quick !
U were born in Ohio
but , raised back east ??
Yeah, my dad got a
job transfer to connecticut when I was 11 years old.
I went to jr. high & high school there.
Cool , so tell me about Berklee....
CINDY BLACKMAN : Berklee was
great , because of the community of musicians. Prior to attending berklee I lived in
west hartford, connecticut & there was a limited pool of kids in my age group to
wanted to play advanced and adventuresome music. But at Berklee, I found a whole school
who were excited about playing too & some of them were really into pushing the
Yea, but damn....Cindy !
U've rocked drums with : "Jackie McLean , Joe Henderson & Don Pullen ?!?!"
THAT was the "Real" Schoolin' !!!
BLACKMAN : I'm
blessed to have been able to play with some real greats & to have been able to take
musical experiences and lessons from them ....with me.
that's how we met back in '87 , when you were playin' Jazz & doin all of
But, how do they Really differ from "Rock" festivals ?
BLACKMAN : Jazz festivals are really great because, you get large numbers
of people who are in attendence to really listen to the music. And, of course a large hall
will never be as intimite as a club but the audience is still there to hear what you are
doing. Rock festivals, as fun as they may be, are filled with "party
animals" They make you feel great though because they really give off
lots of energy.
Have U had a chance to tour
with you're Jazz outfit , lately ?
No, I haven't & I do look forward to that again
Omni-Important or Whatever makes U feel
BLACKMAN : "
Omni-Important !! "
Longevity is the key ,
and "Bad Posture" will not pave the way for that...
I try to keep mine in check.
I'm gonna throw some names at ya !
: Awesome !!!
One of the fathers of Bebop....
paved the way for the "liberation" of the drummer.....
Williams photo: Brian Ritter
CINDY BLACKMAN : Supreme
!! The most
Gave me my direction.
Changed the face of drumming
& my musical outlook !
There will NEVER be another "Tony"
CINDY BLACKMAN : Strong powerful
grove, big fat sound.
much as I love "Bonzo's" playing....
The first time I heard
THAT sound & style, was Bernard Purdie !
on Aretha's "House
that Jack Built"
CINDY BLACKMAN :
One of our
responsible for the
propelling the drummers roll in to a whole new demension.
see the word : "Thunder" in websters dictionary !
McLeanphoto: Francis Wolff
Wonder ( his Drum work ) photo:
CINDY BLACKMAN : Great
CINDY BLACKMAN : Adventuresome,
on the path of innovation.....
BLACKMAN : Great feel on the rhythm instruments......
Love his bravaro !
Let's Play the....Either
OR Game. ( real quick )
Gold or Silver
BLACKMAN : Silver
CINDY BLACKMAN : Zildjian
or Plastic Tips
or Black Dot
CINDY BLACKMAN : Black Dot
BLACKMAN : "Touring"
I enjoy both.
BLACKMAN : I'm more Vegan... but not strict
( I eat chicken & fish sometimes )
so.... I guess the real
answer is : "Carnivore"
[ to a degree ]
or Ebony Fashion Fair
CINDY BLACKMAN : Ebony !!
- The Girl
Drummer Epidemic : "Hype" ? or Well deserved ?
CINDY BLACKMAN : Well, what do you mean
You know how people always go thru
where it looks like the latest thing , is to have a quote on quote :
CINDY BLACKMAN : Well, I guess that is a
"Good Thing" for me.
More work , is always welcome.
business.... is to take care of....Business !!
And , the rest is cool ....but [only]
I am a "Drummer" first & foremost !
CINDY BLACKMAN :
But, I ALWAYS focus
on the MUSIC & making that happen
everything else is great..... but,
I better let ya get back in there , before Lenny comes lookin' for U !
He he he....
I'll see U
sunday night .....
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