Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hudson Music releases Danny Gottlieb: The Evolution of Jazz Drumming Book

Hudson Music announced today the upcoming release of The Evolution of Jazz Drumming by Danny Gottlieb, an educational book/DVD package for drummers. The product presents the most complete and comprehensive historical analysis of the drummers who created and defined modern jazz drumming in print. A release date of March 15, 2011 is planned.

Designed as a guide and workbook for the high school, college-level, and professional drummer, it is designed to be studied based on a typical 16-week college semester. A legendary and influential jazz drummer is studied during each of these weeks. Author Danny Gottlieb, known himself as a world-renowned jazz drummer with Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, and others, brings to bear his unique expertise as a
Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida.

The 31 jazz drumming legends included are examined with musical analysis including practice exercises in the style of the subject’s drumming, transcriptions of both solo and time playing, and études that examine the work of each artist in unprecedented detail. Each profile also includes a complete biography, personal anecdotes from the author, and dozens of exclusive and rare photos, many of which have never appeared in print before. Drummers featured in the book include Baby Dodds, Sid Catlett, Dave Tough, Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Mel Lewis, and many others.

The book includes a DVD of classic video clips of many of the drummers, as well as an MP3 disc with over 300 tracks. Video clips on the DVD are analyzed and transcribed in the text, while the MP3s consist of exercises and études from the book recorded at various speeds that can be looped for analysis and practice.

“This package is the perfect addition to any college jazz curriculum, as well as required study for any serious student of jazz drumming.” says Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini. “From the videos on the DVD, to the transcriptions, biographies, and rare photos, this package is a treasure for anyone with any interest in jazz drumming.”

Sample pages and video clips can be viewed at Additionally, educators can register to receive a free sample booklet featuring complete chapters on Tony Williams, Papa Jo Jones and Shelly Manne, along with accompanying bonus video clips. Please visit your favorite dealer’s website or

Institute students in Global Battle of the Bands with Scarlletta

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is proud to support its students and alumni in electro rock act Scarlletta as they travel to Malaysia to represent Great Britain in the Global Battle of the Bands next month.

Graduates Michael Mierzejewski (guitar) and Jerry Sadowski (drums), along with current Degree student Daniel Mount (bass) and the rest of the band will perform a three-song set in front of a panel of industry judges along with an audience of five thousand.  The winner of the competition will be awarded $100,000 and a worldwide tour.

Scarlletta was a finalist in the 2010 Live & Unsigned competition, as well as a semi-finalist in last season’s Must Be The Music.

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Lick Library Releases Learn To Play Fleetwood Mac

Lick Library brings you Learn to Play Fleetwood Mac, giving you a chance to discover how to play the original album versions of their greatest hits. This outstanding double DVD set brings to you note for note five great Fleetwood Mac tracks covering the Lindsey Buckingham era all explained by the much sought after tutor Mike Casswell.

Fleetwood Mac, in their many forms have released fifteen studio albums, ten compilation albums, had many Top 10 hits, and played in numerous sold out world tours. They have created some of the most iconic memorable guitar riffs and this new DVD will help you learn Lindsey Buckingham’s unique playing style.

The versatile guitarist and teacher Mike Casswell presents the guitar tuition DVD. He has played with many well known and diverse bands and artists such as Brian May, Ronan Keating and Cozy Powell to name but a few.

Learn to Play Fleetwood Mac (RRP £24.99) – features Big Love from the 1987 album Tango in the Night; a song that epitomizes the stylized production used on the album where the DVD will break down all of the separate guitar parts. The next four tracks are taken from the bands most successful album Rumors. Don’t Stop is one of Fleetwood Mac’s most enduring singles. Used by Bill Clinton as the theme for his first presidential campaign it is inspired by a triple dance pattern. The Chain is one of the most complicated compositions on the album, and one that the band used as their signature tune. Next is Go Your Own Way, the albums lead single, this is a guitar orientated tune with a four to the floor dance beat influenced by the ‘Rolling Stones’ track ‘Street Fighting Man’. Then comes Never Going Back Again originally created as a simple acoustic demo features a superb study in travis picking.

There is something for everyone to learn in this DVD from beginner to advanced players. Mike takes you through each track, note for note, dividing the track up into easy to handle portions. He plays the tracks through at three different temps, slow, medium and up to tempo so as you practice you can progressively get faster and faster. Then, as we have come to expect from a Lick Library guitar tuition DVD, the screen is spilt into two frames, so at all time you can see and copy what both of Mike’s hands are doing whilst he is playing the guitar.

To find out more about Learn To Play Fleetwood Mac visit where you will also find details of Fleetwood Mac Jamtrax and Best of Fleetwood Mac Chord Songbook as well as the many other guitar tuition DVDs from Lick Library.

Posted in Education, Guitar

Jamiroquai rhythm section with guest vocalist to host Institute masterclass

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is proud to present Derrick McKenzie (drums), Rob Harris (guitar) and Paul Turner (bass) from Jamiroquai for a masterclass with guest singer and percussionist Dan Pearce on Wednesday, 9th February at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London.

Derrick, Rob and Paul are fresh off a promotional tour for the new Jamiroquai album ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ and have just announced UK and European tour dates for 2011.  Dan  was the featured vocalist on Dizzee Rascal’s no. 1 single ‘Dirtee Disco’ and is also a member of his touring band.

The four-piece, called “Shuffler”, will host a performance-based masterclass and will focus on their approach to different styles of music.  Tickets are available to public for £5 which you can purchase in advance at and will be available at the door on the evening.

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Winter NAMM 2011: Ampeg’s Portaflex® Series Offers Heavyweight History in a Lightweight Design

Ampeg today announces a series of new bass combos, cabs and heads that deliver the innovative form-factor of Ampeg’s legendary flip-tops in designs that are powerful, compact and extremely portable — Ampeg Portaflex Series.

“The flip-top design and Portaflex name are nothing short of iconic,” remarks Ampeg product manager, Zane Williams. “The new Portaflex Series is for every bassist who obsesses over the classic B-15, but demands the features, portability and power that modern heads offer.”

The ultra-compact PF-350 and PF-500 heads are Class-D designs with modern features like onboard compression/limiting, balanced direct outs and switching power supplies. Both heads match perfectly with the vintage-styled PF-115HLF and PF-210HLF cabinets. The flip-top design allows bassists to store the head, cables, etc. right inside the enclosure for ultimate portability. Covered in sleek diamond black tolex and featuring premium Eminence® speakers, the genuine Ampeg look and tone are unmistakable.

The Ampeg Portaflex Series will be available domestically in February, 2011 and internationally late March, 2011. There are two packaged combos, the PF350-115 (U.S. MSRP $779.99) and PF500-210 (U.S. MSRP $779.99). The heads and cabinets are also available separately: PF-350 (U.S. MSRP $389.99), PF-500 (U.S. MSRP $519.99), PF-115HLF (U.S. MSRP $519.99) and PF-210HLF (U.S. MSRP $519.99). Visit Ampeg during NAMM in the massive new showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B from January 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

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Winter NAMM 2011: Mackie’s New MRmk2 Reference Monitors Offer Powerful Studio Solution

Redefining the concept of the affordable studio reference monitor.

Mackie today announces a complete redesign of its bestselling line of ultra-affordable powered studio monitors – the MRmk2 Mackie Reference Monitors.  Featuring class-leading power with unmatched clarity and definition at its price point, the new series is sure to please those looking for a professional monitoring solution for project studios, edit suites and home theatres alike.

“Mackie is well known for delivering professional monitoring solutions at affordable prices,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Matt Redmon.  “Our new MRmk2 monitors deliver on all fronts, from an extended low-frequency response unmatched in their category, to the clear definition of mids and highs upon which engineers stake their reputations.”

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature all-new professional transducers specifically designed to match their respective amplification.  Both models employ a 1˝ neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback.  The 5.25˝ (MR5mk2) and 8˝ (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers reduce severe cone resonances, drastically minimizing distortion.

The powerful, precision Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for simple room correction. The robust cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features an optimally-sized custom Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

The Mackie MRmk2 Series Powered Studio Monitors will be available worldwide February, 2011.  The MR5mk2 will have a U.S.  MSRP of $199.99 and MR8mk2 will have a U.S. MSRP of $329.99.  Visit Mackie during NAMM in the massive new showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B from January 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

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Winter NAMM 2011: Ampeg Launches Two New BA Series Combo Practice Amps

Classic Ampeg tone in portable, affordable designs.

Ampeg proudly announces the ultra-compact, incredibly affordable new BA-108 and BA-110. Ideal for virtually any practice environment, these latest additions to the highly successful BA Series combos are the first-ever genuine Ampeg amps designed specifically for entry-level bassists.

“Classic tone, lightweight and rugged design, practice-friendly features…,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager, Zane Williams. “The new BA Series combo amps are the very definition of a portable practice amp.”

The 25-watt BA-108 and 35-watt BA-110 are perfect for beginning bassists, offering tools like 3-band EQ, MP3 input and a headphone out for silent practice. The high-output, custom-designed 8˝ (BA-108) and 10˝ (BA-110) speakers are specifically matched to the powerful amplifiers for optimal performance. The impact resistant, tilt-back cabinet design features durable black tolex, white piping and Ampeg’s classic logo badge. The designs are lightweight and portable (both under 32 lbs / 14.5 kg), each with an integrated carrying handle.

The new Ampeg BA Series combo amps will be available Q1, 2011. The BA-108 will have a U.S. MSRP of $139.99 and the BA-110 will have a U.S. MSRP of $251.99 Visit Ampeg during NAMM in the massive new showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B from January 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

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Winter NAMM 2011: Mackie Introduces New Ultra-Compact TH-12A Powered Loudspeaker

Extremely affordable new option from Mackie’s popular Thump Series.

Mackie today announces an ultra-compact new addition to its bestselling Thump Series portable, powered loudspeakers — the Thump TH-12A. Delivering the perfect balance of power, portability and price, the new 400-watt, 2-way 12˝ Thump Series loudspeaker is perfect for any application that demands high-output and professional sound without breaking the budget.

“The new TH-12A is simply the best powered loudspeaker option for your hard-earned money,” said Greg Young, Mackie Brand Director.  “While it is more compact, it is an equally powerful version of our top-selling TH-15A. It is truly the most professional compact loudspeaker in its class.”

The new TH-12A is designed by the same award-winning team that created the industry-standard SRM Series powered loudspeakers, delivering proven Mackie build-quality and sonic performance. The TH-12A’s efficient Class-D Fast Recovery™ amplification provides 400 watts of total system power, tuned to perfectly match the custom-designed 12˝ high-precision woofer and 1˝ compression driver. An integrated 3-band EQ on the back panel allows the user to dial in the TH-12A’s tone, perfect for simple room correction or tonal adjust per application (vocal only, low-volume, etc.). Featuring Mackie Active electronics, the precision crossover and transducer time-alignment optimize the system while protective circuitry protects against overload and thermal shutdown. Pole-mountable and ideal for use as a stage monitor, the TH-12A’s lightweight design offers undeniable portability.

“Now there’s a great, ultra-compact Thump loudspeaker,” remarked Young. “…perfect for vocal applications, solo performances or for use as a DJ monitor, too.”

The TH-12A will be available worldwide in Q1, 2011.  The TH-12A will have a U.S. MSRP of $389.99. Visit Mackie during NAMM in the massive new showroom upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B from January 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

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Posted in NAMM Show, Speakers

Institute student to perform in songwriting final judged by music stars

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has learned that one of their vocal degree students, Salena Mastroianni, has been selected to perform at the prestigious Musicians Benevolent Fund Songwriting Awards Final on Thursday, 20th January at The Bedford, London.

Only six finalists have been chosen from schools across the UK to perform for a live audience and high-profile judging panel including Shelly Poole (Alisha’s Attic), Alistair McErlaine (Texas), Alison Clarkson (aka Betty Boo) and David Arnold (film composer).

Salena will perform two songs in a bid to impress the judges with her songwriting and performance skills for the chance to win a £5,000 grant from the Musician’s Benevolent Fund to further her career. Her style embraces the evocative vocal tone of classic soul singers while fusing the more contemporary pop/urban elements heard in today’s charts.

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Winter NAMM 2011: Orange Amps Launch TH100 Head

Orange Amps continue to advance their guitar amps range with the new TH100 head, the 100 watt big brother of the TH30.

The TH100 has exactly the same controls and pre-amp section as its smaller sibling, but when running in class AB1 (half power) it makes 35 watts on two output tubes and 70 watts on four output tubes. Put it to full power (AB2 position) and the amp makes 50 watts with two output tubes and 100 watts with four. Being able to switch to half power means you can reduce the listening volume while preserving the power tube distortion.

Just like the TH30, the TH100’s design features the best of the Rocker and TH Series, with two channels. The clarity of the classic vintage sparkling sound on one channel plus the stunning overdrive / distortion with its British tone crunch on the other, makes this a very classy amp.

The new head will come with four EL34 tubes, four 12AX7 pre-amp tubes and a 12AT7 for the low impedance FX loop. It will also have four internal bias pots so the output tubes can be matched into the amp by a qualified technician. In terms of size and weight it will be comparable to the Rockerverb 100.

This mighty head delivers more tone, greater power and more features. With this knockout combination the TH100 will be the driving force behind your sound!

To take a look at the TH100 as well as all the other Orange Amps go to Orange Music Booth 4674 Hall C.