Monday Music Quote: Eddie Locke

Sometimes I  write about jazz musicians, jazz bands and jazz playlists.


I participate in Monday Music Quote meme. Last week I missed you over Memorial Day weekend.


I wanted to do something a bit different today... so here goes!



“He walked into my little studio with a tape,” Mr. Locke recalled, “and I said, ‘Well, you want to be a drummer.’ And he said, ‘I want to be a big band drummer.’ So I put him on the right track. I taught him about the old drummers. He’s a modern drummer now but he knows about Gene Krupa and Jo Jones and Sid Catlett. That’s what separates him from a lot of young drummers. He’s got the modern thing but he’s got the foundation in his head about where it came from.

“He’s a better musician than I am,” Mr. Locke continued. And when this was greeted with a questioning glance, he insisted, “Oh, yes. He’s a better musician–but I taught him to play the play the drums.” Eddie Locke (1930-2009)


 New York jazz drummer Eddie Locke, played his first club date at age 14. He became part of the Detroit jazz scene in the late '40s and '50s.




He developed a variety act with his high school friend and fellow drummer Oliver Jackson. They called themselves, "Bop and Locke." View more photos and a great interview at http://www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org

In 1958 Eddie joined the Roy Eldridge Band and played with Coleman Hawkins. His work is heard on many recordings, and his television credits include The Tonight Show, Dial M for Music and The Mike Douglas Show.


You'll find his drumming on:

Dream Dancing - Warren Vache

Jon Gordon - Things We Need CD

If you're searching for a music resource to help with your drumming, I have one to share with you. In fact, one of our drummers on the worship team has it. Check out Hear and Play Drums Collection

Chord Chart to Independence Day

G   G   C   C     G   G   C   C
[intro]

           G         G        C            C
Well she seemed all right by dawn's early light
           G               G            C     C
Though she looked a little worried and weak
    G            G             C          G
She tried to pretend he wasn't drinking again
    D                D              D      D - C
But Daddy'd left the proof on her cheek

G          G            C        C
I was only eight years old that summer
       G               G          C   C
And I always seemed to be in the way
     Em           Em          C       G
So I took myself down to the fair in town
 D     D         G   G   C   C     G   G   C   C
On Independence Day

Well, word gets around in a small, small town
They said he was a dangerous man
But Mama was proud and she stood her ground
She knew she was on the losing end

Some folks whispered, some folks talked
But everybody looked the other way
And when time ran out, there was no one about
 D     D         G   G   G [stop]
On Independence Day

             D   D   D        D         Em    Em   Em   Em
Let freedom ring,     let the white dove sing
          C           C          G       G     D      D   D   D
Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning
                Em7    Em7   Em7        Em7       C   C
Let the weak be strong,        let the right be wrong
C           C       G           G       D [stop]
  Roll that stone away, let the guilty pay
                   G   G   C   C     G   G   C   C
It's Independence Day

Well, she lit up the sky that Fourth of July
By the time that the firemen come
They just put out the flames and they took down some names
And sent me to the county home

Now I ain't saying it's right or it's wrong
But maybe it's the only way
Talk about your revolution
It's Independence Day

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll that stone away, let the guilty pay
                   G   G   C           C       G   G
It's Independence Day,       roll that stone away
C          C         G   G   C   C    G.
  It's Independence Day
 
 






 
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