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Ba-da-boom! Four jazz dynamos to perform on one drum set at four La Jolla concerts

By George Varga 

Jan. 19, 2020



Jazz at the Athenaeum


Drum greats Brian Blade, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Mark Whitfield Jr. and Matt Wilson will perform with four different bands as part of the Athenaeum’s Winter Jazz concert series


"How different can four acclaimed jazz drummers sound when playing on the same drum set, in the same venue, on four different nights, with four different bands?


"San Diego music fans will soon be able to find out firsthand at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Winter Jazz concert series in La Jolla. The drummers include Mark Whitfield Jr., 29; Brian Blade, 49; Matt Wilson, 55; and Marvin “Smitty” Smith, 58.


"Between them, they have performed with a who’s who of music greats, from Sonny Rollins, Joni Mitchell and Chick Corea to Herbie Hancock, Elvis Costello and Dave Holland. The maple drum set they will perform on here was custom-made by San Diego’s esteemed Paul Bleifuss, who died in 2007.


"The legends and near-legends who have played on that set at the Athenaeum and at Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI concerts include Billy Higgins, Antonio Sanchez, Leon Parker and at least two of the four drummers — Blade and Wilson — who will perform as part of the 2020 Athenaeum winter jazz series."


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in the press:


Exhibitions  |  Jazz  |  Chamber  |  Acoustics  |  New Music  |  Sound On  |  Lectures  |  Flicks on the Bricks  |  The Night Owls  |  Murals of La Jolla  |  Gala  |  Other




the star-studded Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI concert series celebrated its 20th anniversary in La Jolla.



New Music

Brass Brighten New Music Horizon at the La Jolla Athenaeum

Sound On


Flicks on the Bricks

The Night Owls

Murals of La Jolla


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