Happy Birthday, Jack

From a violinist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra regarding Porgy and Bess: Happy Birthday Jack- you played the Xylophone part like nobody so far has played it in the Atlanta Symphony. I will never forget this virtuoso and precise playing. Gershwin decided to add the xylophone to double the first violin section that always has been a challenge from the first performance of this great work… Continue reading

Drummers Weekly Podcast: Interviews with Jack Bell

Episode 59 Podcast Interview Part 1 : Jack Bell Today, Drummer’s Weekly Groovecast welcomes master percussionist Jack Bell. He was the principal percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 32 years and an associate professor and coordinator of the percussion division at Georgia State University. In this episode, Jack discusses his early fascination with drums, and his studies with legendary teacher Harold Firestone. He details… Continue reading

Your Life and Career as a Musician

Music is a beautiful art form but a very difficult profession for many musicians. The artist inside of you often must struggle to become a capitalist to survive. Where are you in this lifelong process? Interested? Committed? Frustrated? In Doubt? Sorry! How are you going to survive your career in music as a successful musician and business person? Listen to me: No musician with talent, flexibility,… Continue reading

Learning to be Creative

Learning to be creative : The process of learning is a creative process In the next few moments, I will try to rekindle you – by attempting to help you understand a little more about yourself and how to learn creatively. Had I studied the topics of Learning and Creativity extensively before presenting this lecture, you would be offered many sophisticated definitions and interpretations. However,… Continue reading