On Monday, November 27th, 2017, the musical world celebrated the 75th birthday of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century,Jimi Hendrix.
To say that Hendrix was innovative is a gross understatement. In the short three and a half years of his career in the limelight, before he tragically left this world, Hendrix’ accomplishments are staggering.
My name is Christopher Drapeau, I’m a heavy metal, hardcore, and punk rock guitar player, a solo composer and songwriter, and a member of Musicians For Musicians. MFM is a non-profit organization advocating for the rights and interests of professional musicians. Our goal is spreading the idea that #MakingMusicIsAProfession. My involvement started after moving to New York City and starting to establish myself as a working musician. My career has always had a DIYbackbone, and it is a very important ethic to uphold as a musician to be successful in my opinion; and MFM stands for that 100%.
On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, Glen Campbelldied.
Born in Billstown, AR in 1936, Campbell began to play guitar at age four. With no formal training, he was found to be a natural. At age six, he performed on local radio programs. He later said his biggest influence was Django Reinhardt. In 1954, at age 17, Campbell moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to join his uncle’s band, known as Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys, and i n 1958, Campbell formed his own band, the Western Wranglers.
In 1960, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and found immediate success as a session musician. In ensuing years, he worked with artists such as Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, the Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector and Elvis Presley. After his solo career took off, he’d still do occasional session work with popular artists such as the Monkees and the Beach Boys.
On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, pianist, composer, and music educator Geri Allen died. The cause of death was reported to be cancer. She was 60 years old.
Her work has earned her a reputation as one of the world’s finest jazz pianists.
Geri Antoinette Allen was born on June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. She began studying the piano at age seven and went on to graduate from Cass Technical High School, (the alma mater of Paul Chambers, Wardell Gray, Gerald Wilson and Donald Byrd).