Poogie Bell

524 – Poogie Bell: Stay curious

Poogie Bell, often characterized as a groove and pocket drummer, may be slightly mislabeled. Sure, he’s laid in the pocket with notable artists like Erykah Badu and Chaka Khan and had more than decade-long career with Marcus Miller, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Bell grew up in NYC with his father, a professional pianist, who regularly rehearsed at home with Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach, and Mary Lou Williams, and the bassist Paul Chambers was a neighbor. Bell was playing straight-ahead gigs by the time he was in middle school and has continued a career as both a sideman and bandleader, weaving through every genre imaginable, for the greater part of five decades.

Poogie Bell talks about:

  • His dad’s music career in New York
  • How living in New York has changed over the years
  • Growing up with great and diverse musical influences
  • How to develop your own sound and why that counts
  • Adapting to change in the music industry
  • Creating a legacy for yourself
  • Why you should learn every aspect of the business you’re in
  • Finding balance and having faith during the ruts
  • Much more

Resource / Links mentioned:

  • Contact Poogie: Website
  • Splice: https://splice.com/