The Drum Battle will be hosted by Michael Benedict & Bopitude with special guest drummers Bob Halek, Mark Foster, Pete Sweeney and percussionist Brian Melick. Bopitude features Chris Pasin (Trumpet), Brian Patneaude (Tenor Saxophone), David Gleason (Piano) and Mike Lawrence (bass).
Modeled after the Gretsch Drum Nights at Birdland in NYC in the 1950s and 60s, perhaps the most famous of these was in 1960 that featured Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Persip and Elvin Jones. The concept was to show off these great drummers in pairs with a jazz combo. The closing typically featured a drum “battle” between the four drummers.
This will be an amazing night and something that has never been done before in the Capital Region.