his Tuesday, 2/5, the station will release a new, limited capsule radio series, Give the Drummer Some. Named as a reference to James Brown’s “Funky Drummer,” host J-Zone invites some of the world’s best drummers to take their seats on the throne, tell their stories and talk about what makes them tick. Each episode follows a simple formula: sitting at two kits positioned across from one another, J-Zone and a drumming luminary engage in an open-ended chat about their career, style and favorite techniques, using the kits to provide examples and context.
The debut episode will feature one of the modern greats, Questlove of The Roots and the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Upcoming guests include session extraordinaire Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, James Brown), foremost American jazz and funk drummer Mike Clark (Herbie Handcock) and more.
In the debut interview, Questlove discusses the early days recording with The Roots and their non-rivalry, “battle of the bands thing” with The Fugees, his childhood growing up backstage in Philadelphia with a musical family as well as being a “hip hop head without knowing I was a hip hop head,” how to play his “drunken drumming style” and so much more.
The first episode of Give the Drummer Some will air on February 5th 6:00 pm EST. You can stream it here.
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