1 to 1 Sessions
April 17-18 2015
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Born in Buffalo, NY, Carmen Intorre Jr. developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age five. A graduate of The Institute for Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School, he has performed and recorded with numerous musicians such as George Benson, Larry Coryell, Wynton Marsalis, Monty Alexander, George Coleman, Eric Alexander, George Cables, Benny Golson, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, Lew Tabackin, Bobby Watson, Ira Sullivan, Bucky Pizzarelli, and many others. Currently Intorre performs with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, touring extensively throughout the world with the guitarist's organ trio.
A 2011 GRAMMY® nominee for his performance on the critically acclaimed album by Joey DeFrancesco entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson, Intorre also had the pleasure of performing alongside DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith on the PBS show Legends of Jazz, hosted by Ramsey Lewis. "Carmen is one of my favorite drummers; he has a very wide groove and strong beat, and most of all he swings his ass off! I love him!" says DeFrancesco.
Receiving both his BM and MM degrees from Juilliard Intorre is always eager to uncover the latest information about music and drumming and to share that information with others. He states, "This is my job. I have to give back what I was given a chance to do." He goes on to explain, "Music is an opportunity for me to give up my soul, while in the process connecting with the audiences' souls as well. I want the musicians on the bandstand and the members of the audience to feel uplifted after a performance, to feel great about themselves through the experience that they encountered.”
Perhaps one word best describes Carmen Intorre and his music: Joy. Reminiscent of Billy Higgins, Intorre brings a palpable swing and drive to virtually every bandstand he performs on.
and the Evans Tune Up Clinic
1ST 10 DRUMMERS TO BRING IN THEIR SNARE WILL GET A FREE EVANS BATTER HEAD AND TUNE-UP. Josh Touchton started destroying drums at the tender age of eight. From that point nothing was sacred and the quest for optimum drum sounds started. Josh always took extra time in set up and tuning, getting great drum sounds was key to stage and studio performances. In 1993 Josh’s tuning was taken to the next level when he met and studied (or ate copious amounts of Mexican food to be more exact) with legendary Billy Cobham and John Bonham drum tech, Jeff Ocheltree. Jeff accepted no less than perfection of sound for the drum, room, or song, and even less for the complete understanding of what it took to get to that level and the same was demanded from Josh. Also that year Josh began working in tandem with Gibson Custom Shop guitar tech Ryan Futch, working on the southeast festival circuit and getting to work with such acts as The Band, Wilco, Fishbone, the Bottle Rockets, P-Funk, Jeff Healey, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, the International Blues Festival and the W.C Handy Awards. In addition Josh has gotten to tech in tour, studio, and in clinic settings for Bernard Purdie, Gregg Bissonette, Nick D’Vigilio, Big Country, Wilco, and Emmylou Harris and has built drums for Saliva, Wilco, Dwight Yoakham, Smashmouth, Gregg Bissonette, ELO, Mark Schulman, Mark Brzezicki, Gary Husband, Brady Blade, and Steve White and has had his drums heard commercials from Honda and Sears and several Grammy nominated albums.
The Evans Tune up Clinic is a great way to learn about keeping your drums in tiptop shape through following several simple steps. It’s a great way to make your sound heard in studio or live settings. More than anything it help develop the drummer’s own personal sound so that he or she will stand out.
As the Southern Regional Sales Manager for J. D’Addario & Co., Josh does over 30 drum tuning clinics a year with Evans Drumheads, focusing on ways to optimize any drum’s sound. Josh’s approach is one that makes tuning understandable for the beginner to the professional and takes the time to make the clinic attendee comfortable with tuning, drum head selection and ultimate optimization of their own personal drum sound