Byron Landham

117 – How to conceptualize musical ideas with Byron Landham

In this podcast I talk to Byron “Wookie” Landham, who is arguably one of the best be-bop drummers in the world. Although Byron is predominantly known for jazz, he makes it clear that he is a musician first, drummer second and he happens to play a lot of Jazz. Landham, the Philadelphia native, has performed and recorded with a long list of music royalty including Betty Carter, George Coleman, Bobby Hutcherson, Joey DeFrencesco, Frank Wes, Pat Martino, Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Hannibal Lokumbe and the Liberation Orchestra, and most recently a 3 year stint with six time Grammy Award winner Dave Sanborn.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare (Tweet this)

In this podcast you’ll hear Byron Landham talk about:

  • How he got started playing
  • His with Jazz legends
  • The “package deal” of Byron and Joey DeFrancesco
  • The importance of passing down the knowledge to younger players
  • Advice for developing musicality, feel and concepts
  • Methods of soloing musically
  • Much more

Resources and Links Mentioned

Byron Landham Plays:

  • Regal Tip Drumsticks
  • Bosphorus Cymbals

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