Welcome to the website of the Seattle Drum School Georgetown, continuing the twenty year tradition of bringing quality music education to students young and old. Seattle Drum School offer lessons in drums, bass, guitar, piano, brass and woodwinds, DJing, and much more. From beginning courses to master classes our program includes valuable information that provides our students with the necessary tools for becoming professional musicians, college music majors, or for pursuing music as a serious hobby. You'll learn from some of the most qualified musicians and teachers in the area.
98 years ago today a vote for annexation to Seattle was defeated by Georgetown voters at the polls. The city of Georgetown had only five more months to live.
This is a photo of Georgetown Brewing & Malting Company in the early 1900's.
Today I asked SDSG drum instructor Davis Martin to name his 12 most influential recordings that he learned from. Here’s his list!
- In the Jungle Groove- James Brown
- In Through The Outdoor- Led Zepplin
- Off The Wall- Michael Jackson
- Kulu Say Mama- John Coltrane
- Band Of Gypsies- Jimi Hendrix
- Wildflowers- Tom Petty
- Red- Black Ahuru
- Welcome To Our World- Timberland and Magoo
- Voodoo- D’Angelo
- Low End Theory
- Black Music- Chocolate Genius
- Live at Filmore West- Aretha Flanklin
One of our goals here at SDSG is to have video introductions for all of our teachers. This way new students can see what our teachers are all about before taking a lesson. This week we are featuring trumpet instructor Chris Littlefield. I'd tell you more about Chris but I'll let him do that!
Every other week or so I’ll ask SDSG instructor Kevin Nortness to hip me to some great music. He always has awesome suggestions and all too often I’ve never even heard of the musician or band. I sometimes jokingly call Kevin my musical benefactor. So I am dedicating one of the segments of this blog to “what are you listening to.” This week (per Kevin's recommendation) I’d like to call your attention to Turkish folk/rock singer Selda Bagcan. I have been listening to her self-titled recording from the mid 70’s. Selda rocks. Trust me. To listen to a few of the tracks click HERE.
Here’s what Amazon says about the recording:
The music you are about to hear defies categorisation. But for all intents and multi-purposes, this record is a folk album. Embodying all the aesthetic watermarks of a private press country LP, Selda's debut long player from 1976 has masqueraded as lamb dressed as mutton, throwing many a discerning wolf from the gourmet scent. Behold! Space age, Anatolian, electronic, progressive-protest, psych-folk-funk-rock from the Middle East. All of the above ingredients are presented immaculately with up-most authenticity and conviction to create a delectable hybrid concoction which has never been replicated or equaled in the 3 mutant decades since its recording. Released in 1976 to huge critical acclaim and skepticism in equal parts, the album smashed new boundaries both lyrically and musically. But the fact that Selda was one of the few female voices to adopt the use of such cutting edge techniques put the LP in a league of its very own. Frowned on by the paranoid Turkish authorities she would face the threat of imprisonment due to her unwaning desire for freedom of speech and a demand for a quality of human life. Selda would face future jail sentences and travel restrictions as her popularity spread amongst Turkish communities in Europe and America. Luckily Turkuola arranged the immediate release of a second which was released in late 1976 (some songs recorded in the same sessions are presented on this release as bonus tracks).
I hope you enjoy the music- Marc Fendel & SDSG
Continuing the Jazz Showcase at the LAB tomorrow features Seattle pianist Victor Noriega and his quartet. The band also includes Portland tenor saxophonist Tim Wilcox who is an absolute moster. (no bad Halloween puns intented) This show will be fantastic. 8pm start. Just a quick reminder: The LAB is located at our main location in North Seattle 12510 15th Ave NE. Hope to see you there. Happy Halloween! - Marc Fendel & SDSG