Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer,’ Dead at 73

“In April 2016, Stubblefield revealed that Prince was secretly paid the $90,000 in medical bills the drummer accumulated while undergoing chemotherapy for bladder cancer. Prince considered Stubblefield one of his “drumming idols,” Stubblefield told Billboard following Prince’s death.” http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/clyde-stubblefield-james-browns-funky-drummer-dead-at-73-w467805  

New Musical

One of the best things about my job is the creative process. Watching people create new songs, invent new choreography, direct lighting, etc…it’s fascinating. I just started working on a new project. The show is being produced in conjunction with the Berkeley Rep Theater and we are rehearsing here at Second Stage in Times Square ...

A New Temptations Musical

It looks like I’ll be working on a new musical next month. The show is packed with some serious Broadway heavy hitters. I have a feeling that it will be pretty good. I can’t wait to get in on the ground floor of a new show. I love the process:   http://www.playbill.com/article/jersey-boys-director-des-mcanuff-working-on-temptations-musical   Tony Award-winning director ...

Picasso’s napkin

I just heard about an interesting story.   I don’t know how true it is, but I think it’s important-especially for people who don’t understand how to put a value on your service or product. The story goes something like this: Picasso is sitting in a Paris café when a fan approaches the artist and ...

Paul Hines

Paul Hines. He’s been one of my favorite drummers for over 30 years…and I never knew it. I heard from a colleague recently that the drummer on the songs below is a guy named Paul Hines. My friend was listening to the song “Chains”  and told me that he felt that Paul is one the ...