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Alan Dawson

In honor of the late Alan Dawson I'm opening my personal archives to share some of my Alan Dawson masterclass recordings from 1981. You won't find this anywhere else!

At the age of 17, I attended the Tenth Annual Ludwig Percussion Symposium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin - Madison the week of August 9-15, 1981. Alan Dawson was one of the many guest performers/educators that week, and I was fortunate enough to not only attend his classes and performances, but also connect wtih him one-on-one.

Here are some of the highlights from my time with Alan, including my recordings from his classes as well as performances that week. Unfortunately I no longer have my recording of Alan performing his "rudiment ritual" for me ... otherwise I would be sharing it here.


"Night In Tunisia" explained


"Green Dolphin Street" explained


"Oleo" explained


"Cherokee" explained


compound meters & phrasing