I had the pleasure of seeing John Blackwell, Jr. perform at and attend his clinics at the KoSA International Percussion Workshops & Festivals, which were held in Castleton Vermont, in 2015.
He was an incredible drummer and a wonderful, patient teacher.His sweet personality endeared the students, faculty and audience to him.
It was such a shock to see the death notice of so young a man and so painfully soon after this event.
Learn more about John Blackwell, Jr at Drummerworld.com
We can Walk Like an Egyptian to this unique composition from Luiz Fernando Teixeira, Jr!
Luiz is accompanied on oboe by Josiane Cicolan
Click on the links below for pdf's of the notation:
A few weeks ago we mentioned here a new field snare drum by Fischer Drums of Brazil and endorsed by Luiz Fernando Teixeira.
As promised, Mr. Teixeira has produced for us a video of himself performing Charley Wilcoxon's, Heating the Rudiments, on the drum in a proper sound booth. (The Heating the Rudiments drum piece can be found in Charley Wilcoxon's book, Modern Rudimental Swing Solos).
With a New Orleans jazz feel, Luiz Fernando Teixeira's arrangement for snare drum and clarinet is based on the military camp duty, Three Camps
Fischer Drums of Brazil has ventured into a new area of drum manufacturing: a field snare drum created for and by the specifications of percussionist, Luiz Fernando Teixeira, Jr.
It still being in the developing stages, Mr. Teixeira was instrumental specifying such features as the drum's dimensions and color, style of hoops and its tonality.
This drum features a 14" X 12" free-floating design with tuning via 10 polished cast aluminum straight-through lugs, a 20 wire, 16" sensitive snare system, incorporated in a sophisticated strain/drop-off mechanism from Odery.
Heads are from D'Addario Evans: Batter head, Evans Black Chrome; snare-side, Evans 3mil, 300 model.
The drum's shell is a veneer of 8 mm of Brazilian Lyptus™ and 1 mm of maple.
Photos by Gisele Laura Haddad
Here is another adaption of a Charley Wilcoxon drum piece arranged for snare drum and multi-percussion from Luiz Fernando Teixeira Jr. and performed with Carolina Raany de Silva.
Rythmania is from Wilcoxon's Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer.
Modulation March by Luiz Fernando Teixeira, Jr
The Modulation March was inspired by the March section of the composer Elliot Carter's, Eight Pieces for Four Timpani (one player) .
The New Downfall from Luiz Fernando Teixeira, Jr
This is Charley Wilcoxon's The New Downfall, again from his Modern Rudimental Swing Solos, performed on snare with an original accompaniment for multi-toms.
Click Below for Notation:
Elyria Four Stroke by Luiz Fernando Teixeira, Jr
Another interpretation of a Charley Wilcoxon, Elyria Four Stroke, which can be found in Wilcoxon's Modern Rudimental Swing Solos.
Click on Links Below for the Notation:
Flam Accent Fantasy by Luiz Fernando Teixeira, Jr
A special treatment and application of Charley Wilcoxon's Flam Accent Fantasy (Modern Rudimental Swing Solos), with Piccolo, snare drum and bombo drum.
*Please Note: The Triangle Was Not Used In The Video Seen Here