Drummers offer lessons, show, jam

Four drummers and percussionists – Howie Southwood, Jesse Stewart, Ran­dall Coryell, and Ted War­ren – are getting together to perform and teach some drum patterns.

For this Village Idiots Pro­duction, organizers are encour­aging audience members to par­ticipate.

Stewart is a percussionist, improviser, composer, visual artist, instrument builder, re­searcher, teacher and writer. As a musician, he works primarily in jazz, new music, and free improvisation. His research in­terests include improvisation, hip hop, turntablism and jazz. He teaches at the University of Guelph. Warren is  an active member of Canada’s jazz scene and has been recognized with Jazz Report’s Drummer of the Year award. He teaches at Humber and Mohawk College. He was the drummer for the Boss Brass and can be heard on six of their recent CDs. He formed Ted’s Warren Commission in 1993 as an outlet for his own compo­sitions.

Since the age of 16, Randall Coryell has played drums and percussion on stage, radio, LP, CD, video, TV, in theaters, bars, bar miztvahs, booze cans, and bordellos with the likes of Bo Diddley, Mel Brown, the Edmonton Symphony Orches­tra, White Noise, Prince Char­les and the City Beat, Alannah Myles, The Marigolds, Tom Coch­rane and Red Rider, Roy Buchanan, Paul Butterfield, Quartette, Glass Tiger, Gwen Swick, Prairie Oyster, Vytek-Coryell-Bird …

Southwood has been play­ing professionally for over 30 years. In the 1990s he toured internationally with Cel­tic rock band Rawlins Cross. In August he will reunite with the band in St. John’s to record a new CD. He’s a member of The Dave Thompson Trio: people can Southwood’s drums emanating from 13 Mill Street every Thursday night through the summer. The event runs on July 30, 8pm on the grounds of the Elora General Store.