Perhaps you live in a town to which the Led Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same comes once every few weeks for the midnight showing. The audience at such events is a rough cross section of Led Zeppelin fans, ranging from students with briefcases to absolute Cro-Magnons with flasks.
The very first thing you have to know about Phil Ehart, and perhaps the most important thing, is that he's incredibly modest—maybe a bit too modest, if that's possible. Consider the facts: Here's a guy who has been playing drums for the group Kansas for the past 12 years.
When one thinks of the great jazz cities, the first names that come to mind are New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, and New York.
Rashied Ali (Robert Patterson, Jr.) was born in Philadelphia on July 1, 1935. Well known in New York avant-garde circles by 1963, he came to international prominence as John Coltrane's last full-time drummer, from 1965 until the master's death in 1967.
It's difficult to depict a drummer whose career started in his teens, who did a world tour in the middle of prep school, and who has played with people ranging from Diana Ross and Luther Vandross to Yoko Ono and Hazel Scott.