Dr. Zoot’s performance for the Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BW9eH58GJU
There’s a one hour swing dance class at the beginning of the clip, so you’ll have to fast-forward to get to the performance.
I’m writing this post in response to a one-word prompt generated on the WordPress homepage. The word is “Bubble.”
Sometimes I feel that I live just on the edge of a bubble, maybe with part of me outside the bubble and part of me inside of it. What I mean by this is that sometimes I feel like I’m in touch with things that are going on in the world, in the news, in pop culture and in current thinking in general. But on the other hand, there are times when I feel completely out of the loop and in my own world.
To be in the know, or now, takes an incredible amount of time and energy. You have to scan the headlines each day, watch your favorite news service and hopefully discuss theses things as you interact with your partners, friends, colleagues and other random people you encounter on a daily basis. It’s actually very healthy to do because it make you engage – to inquire and respond – with others with the hopes that can offer different perspectives or help you reinforce how you feel about different topics.
It’s also good to self-reflect and look inside and explore your own feelings. By looking at your own experiences and beliefs you cab formulate stronger ideas and better respond to things.
Finally, regarding the word “bubble,” I have a good friend who is a professional bubbler. He used to do comedy juggling, but now most of his work is provided various types and quantities of bubbles for different kinds of activities.
The Zoot Quartet performs at Rumors Bar and Grill from 9 to 12.
I've working on the speed of my single strokes lately by doing the "Singles Pyramid" which I learned from #HueyYanPan via his Periscope broadcasts. I began playing at 86 b.p.m.s a week or so ago, now I'm up to 92 b.p.m.
My goal is 100! Thanks Huei!
Check out his Twitter posts @hueiyanpan.
I’m thinking what would drummers, or people who are interested in drumming like to see on my website.
I could put up performance videos like this one:Lecture Recital performance which is from a lecture recital on Dunumba I presented this past fall. Or, would they rather see educational demonstrations such as this video:Basic Strokes: 8s, 4s, doubles, singles and paradiddles. Or, I could put up my trasnscription of a djembe solo by Gbanworo Keïta from “Dounoumbe” on Percussions de Guinée vol.1.
I’m interested in your comments.
Thank you for reading.
Drummers from left to right: Keith Moone, Mito Camara, PJ Roduta, Dan Meunier and (me) Gordon Nunn.
Photo taken following my DMA lecture recital on November 16, 2016 in Bloch Recital Hall at West Virginia University: Dunumba in Three Contexts.
Directions to 448 Studios
The address is for my teaching studio is 448 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15223. However, building that houses it is located .02 miles off of Butler, it’s in the back section of a large industrial park. You should enter the industrial park from Butler St. across from the address 436 Butler Street.
The building has a key code access, so give me a call when you arrive.
In John Caldwell’s Recording Studio
This past weekend I was in the recording studio laying down tracks for four of Mathew Tembo’s songs. It was a great experience!
In a few weeks I’ll be teaming up with Harmony Pilates in Pittsburgh to present a set of three Pilates mat classes with percussion accompaniment.
I’m looking forward to this new opportunity!
October 24, 31 and November 7
It was Hot Summer Night in Bedford with Queen City Funk and Soul. A big crowd was on hand to hear some great soul music by one of the region’s best bands.
I’ve played percussion with QCFS for over 10 years and it’s always a great time when we get together.
Our next performance in on August 6 at the Garrett County Fair near Deep Creek Maryland.