Marcus Gilmore is a professional drummer in great demand on the NYC scene. He is the grandson of legendary drummer Roy Haynes. I performed alongside Marcus at the legendary Village Vanguard in Manhattan for a four-night residency in November of 2015 supporting alto saxophonist Steve Coleman. Marcus has performed and recorded with cutting edge bandleaders and here he discusses his career and experiences with artists such as Chick Corea, Vijay Iyer, Thundercat, Taylor McFerrin, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Coleman and many others. In this intimate backstage interview Marcus discusses how he met artists, what it’s like to work with them, and his influences. Marcus tells us how his uncle trumpeter Graham Haynes turned him on to Steve Coleman that brought him to workshops in Midtown Manhattan and meeting the great Rashied Ali (drummer of John Coltrane’s group) who shared a neighboring performance space. Marcus suggests to aspiring drummers to not only check out the drummers, but to listen to other musicians and hear why they are playing what they are playing.
After an astounding set performed by Animals As Leaders at Ram’s Head in Baltimore, MD this past Thursday, guitarist Javier Reyes gives a brief update about the group and how it got started. He speaks briefly about drummer Matt Garstka, working with fellow musician Tosin Abasi and his origins in music coming from his hometown of Washington DC (Adams Morgan/Mount Pleasant).
I had the pleasure of working with bassist Kevin Walker and the chance to have Kevin speak about his career alongside many drummers. Kevin has toured and recorded with Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Prince, Wilson Pickett, Patti Labelle, Chuck Brown and many others. Kevin tells us what he experienced musically with some of his well known professional drummer colleagues. Also in this interview are clips of Kevin performing alongside up and coming keyboardist Holger Marjamaa.