The Nashville Drummers Jam, along with promotional partner, Tom Hurst Presents Loud Jamz, and venue partner, Douglas Corner Café, involves bringing top Nashville drummers together to perform their favorite songs from a selected theme while raising money for worthy causes.
The Nashville Drummers Jam 3, which took place on September 9, paid tribute to legendary studio musician Jeff Porcaro. The show delved into the broad discography from Jeff’s career, culling the music of Toto, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Jude Cole, and Boz Scaggs. All proceeds from the NDJ 3 will be distributed to Paramore drummer Miles McPhearson for his medical fund, as well as to ALS research, in the name of Mike Porcaro, and the W.O. Smith School of Music. The list of performers included Chuck Tilley, Rich Redmond, Danny Gottlieb, Jim Riley, Nick Buda, Ed Toth, Sean Paddock, David Northrup, and many others.
The first Nashville Drummers Jam, held in the summer of 2012, paid tribute to Jerry Gaskill of Kings X. The money raised at the event helped to cover some of Gaskill’s substantial medical bills incurred due to a heart attack earlier in the year. Gaskill was once again hit with tragedy when he lost his house in a hurricane. The money raised at the December 2012 NDJ event went to help the recovery and cleanup of Jerry’s home.
Many top drum and percussion manufacturers, including Ludwig, Innovative Percussion, Pearl, Remo, Evans, Vic Firth, and Zildjian, donated items to each show. Donated items that weren’t auctioned off were given to underprivileged children.
Co-founders and organizers, Tom Hurst and David Parks, plan to hold Nashville Drummers Jam 4 in January 2014, with additional events planned bi-annually. Funds from future shows will be earmarked for both a build-up fund for Nashville musicians in need and several other national charitable foundations, such as St. Jude Children’s hospital.