Independent, Byron Stripling Quartet, Trio East
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceI was performing with the Count Basie Orchestra and jazz all-stars including Herbie Hancock and Clark Terry, when Stevie Wonder came on stage and sang "Everyday I Have the Blues" with all of us! I had never experienced a shuffle groove quite that effortless!
What Drives Your Creativity?It's always been driven by inspirational performances by my idols going back to Baby Dodd's and moving through bop drummers such as Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams, Shelly Manne, Mel Lewis etc... through modern drummers I hear in current times.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I really love the VF AJ3's for their "buttery" feel and translucent qualities on the cymbals. These are my "go to" sticks for most situations from quartet to performing with a symphony orchestra playing an Ella and Louis Armstrong show.