The Whole Drum Truth
Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ndugu Chancler, Roy McCurdy, drums
Saturday, July 19 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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drum work is only part of what he brings to the table. Beyond setting
the beat, the drummer also colors the mood. He looks like he’s
having the time of his life as he snuggles into each tune. And his
positive attitude is contagious–his smiles become our own.” – Oakland
Albert “Tootie” Heath’s swinging, tasteful drumming
has graced innumerable classic recordings with the Heath Brothers, the
Modern Jazz Quartet, John Coltrane, Lester Young, and just about every
other jazz giant you can imagine. With “The Whole Drum Truth,” his
series of concerts paying tribute to the rich legacy and tradition of
jazz drumming, Tootie puts the drums in the spotlight and brings together
some of the instrument’s greatest talents for a rhythmic extravaganza.
Ndugu Chancler and Roy McCurdy are two drummers with the vision and musicality
to pull off Tootie’s ambitious all-drum ensemble program. As the
drummer on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, Chancler is probably
responsible for more booty shaking than any living musician, and his
impeccable jazz credentials include stints with Miles Davis and Freddie
Hubbard. McCurdy is a jazz master and longtime drummer for Cannonball
Adderley who has also accompanied Art Farmer, Benny Golson, and Sonny
Rollins. A drum lover’s dream come true, this unique program showcases
three virtuosos making amazing music in celebration of rhythm.
A Drummer’s Life: Trading Tales
Speakers: Tootie Heath, Ndugu Chancler, Roy McCurdy
7 pm, free with concert ticket
Q&A with Albert "Tootie" Heath and Ndugu Chancler
Who do you believe is the most unrecognized jazz artist?
ATH: Ed Blackwell! No one knew who he was, but he was the heart of
the Ornette Coleman’s music. He got no ink, but Blackwell was
NC: I think Kenny Garrett is the most unrecognized.
At what point did you realize that you wanted to be a jazz
ATH: When I was about 11 years old. I was influenced by my family,
my mother was a member of our church choir and my father played
clarinet in a marching band. And of course, my brother Jimmy played
saxophone and brother Percy played for the MJQ. So music was all
NC: I realized I wanted to play Jazz officially at 13. Wanting to play
drums at 6.
What one jazz recording should everyone hear?
ATH: “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis.
NC: Everyone should hear Miles Davis “Nefertiti.”
What place would you like to travel to that you have never been
ATH: A place I have never been is India. So much history, so much
music and the culture is magnificent.
NC: I would like to visit all of Africa.
What is your favorite piece in a drum kit?
ATH: The drum seat! Without the seat you can’t play.
NC: My favorite piece on the drum kit is the ride cymbal.
What is your favorite film?
ATH: “The Great Debaters.” A great movie about this country.
NC: “The Godfather” is my favorite film.
What is your favorite book?
ATH: “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,”
by Barack Obama.
NC: “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran is my favorite book.
Do you know the words to most of the tunes you play?
ATH: Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t know the songs.
NC: Yes, a great deal of them.
What advice would you give young jazz musicians?
ATH: Get a well-rounded education that includes music.
NC: Listen to as much of a variety of music as you can.