I was blown away by a Who concert as a 15-year-old, and for all the subsequent years, claimed that as my favorite live performance. Little has changed.
John Marshall is one of the most important and influential of British drummers, having been a mainstay of the English jazz and rock scene for almost two decades.
When I mentioned Kenny Clare's name to Joe Morello one day, Joe responded: "He's the best jazz drummer in England. Kenny's just a fine musician."
"Hello—this is Ginger Baker. I'm calling to say goodbye ..." This sounded final and gloomy.
Unless you happened to be in Hamburg, Germany, or Liverpool, England between the years of 1960 and 1962, you would not have seen the Beatles' original drummer, Pete Best.
Jack Sperling's experience with big bands, combos, show and studio conductors, network staff groups and as back-up drummer for star performers would be difficult to match—and this shows no sign of letting up.
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