278 – Rudy Royston: An Album of Solo Drumming, Storytelling on the Drumset
First-call New York drummer Rudy Royston has honed a thoroughly engaging voice as a composer and bandleader, and has also performed as a sideman with Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, and many other jazz greats. His releases include his compelling debut ‘303’ (2014), the raw and bracing trio follow-up ‘Rise of Orion’ (2016) and the chamber quintet release ‘Flatbed Buggy’ (2018). His latest release, “PaNOptic,” is a collection of four suites for solo drumset, the proceeds of which are going to MusiCares to benefit musicians in need during the pandemic. Check it out
In this episode, Rudy talks about:
- The making of his new record
- Communicating emotional or story-driven ideas on the drumset
- How Denver shaped his development as a student and young professional
- How gospel and jazz share an “in the moment” ethos
- What he took from his experience as a public school music teacher
Rudy endorses Canopus drums, Vic Firth sticks, Gibraltar hardware, and Sabian cymbals.
This episode is sponsored by Beier snare drums – CHECK THEM OUT HERE!