Here is an excerpt from one of my interviews with Ndugu to give you some idea of the content. Its a show about perseverance, preservation and values as we move into a very uncertain future. Society through the lens of ethnic musicians which is after all what the United States is. So within the show sociology, race, music and humanity are all touched on. Its not a theory based show as I am not a musician. Plus I was born in 1978 so I am doing inter-generational primary source oral history of this period in American Music. JF
On his inspirations and how he continues to be a mentor for students today and giving back
NC: “When I first got out to LA there were guys like Earl Palmer, Stix Hooper, Paul Humphrey, Panama Francis, and Shelly Manne. All those guys were established here and doin’ it; Harold Land who was like a mentor to me and Oliver Nelson Gerald Wilson who hired me right out of high school. These guys were great teachers for me because I got to learn at the foot of the master. And then all the later guys who became my peer group—the Patrice Rushen’s, James Gadston’s, the Harvey Mason’s—we kind of grew into this whole thing together. A lot of us came out of the high school band together and started playin’ around together.
Music has changed, but the concept of mentoring and influencing hasn’t. I’ll find a student who has an interest in playing the music and I will spend time with them and expose them to things, give them guidance. I’ll give them advice and listening tools. Sometimes I even feed them and give them equipment. You know mentoring goes a long way because a lot of times these students don’t have the same opportunities; they have the heart but not the opportunities. Mentoring is about helping them find that path, getting on that path and staying on that path.
Originally Posted by bermuda
Based on a cursory look at the home page, the promotion of his site appears to be a not-for-profit venture, and he's got a bunch of great interviewees there, not just drummers. I think the information available outweighs the promotional tactics, although there is a limit as to how often we need to see the links.