Willie Jones iii

358 – Willie Jones, III: Technique as a means to create music

Willie Jones iii, son of a Jazz pianist, has recorded and toured with a who’s who list of Jazz luminaries, including Horace Silver, Roy Hargrove, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, and Herbie Hancock. He also played on Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy-winning album Hot House. Growing up in LA, Jones was tuned into the LA Jazz scene before moving to NYC and making a name for himself.

Willie Jones iii talks about:

  • Growing up as a son of a pianists
  • How he was heavily influenced by Ndugu Chancler
  • How drummers are becoming more specialized these days
  • Understanding the history of music
  • Comparing drumming to athletics
  • Developing the nuances of your playing
  • How playing with musicality will keep you employed
  • Learning from the masters
  • When he got serious about practicing and playing professionally
  • Much more

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