Appearing on the cover of this April’s edition of Modern Drummer is Vic Firth Artist, Joe Saylor. The article takes a look at the start of Saylor’s training as a drummer when he was just eight-years-old taking lessons from local college students in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Just four years after starting on drums, Saylor had the opportunity to begin learning from and working with Jazz great, Roger Humphries.
“My advice to younger players is to get around older musicians…Be around them as much as possible, and try to play with them. That’s where you really get the essence and the feeling of the music.” -Joe Saylor
The rest of the article recounts Saylor’s history as a drummer; from playing in his high school’s band under the direction of his father to performing with prominent artists such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, and most notably his two-year period of playing with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (a band who re-creates and specializes in pre-swing jazz music from the 1920’s and early 30’s).
A large portion of the article focuses on Saylor’s friendship and performance history with Jonathan Batiste. The two are currently part of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Get the full article and see VF Artist Joe Saylor on the cover of this April’s Modern Drummer.