I was watching a Roy Burns interview on youtube and was really struck by his stories about moving to NYC in the late 50's. If I could go back in time...
It was a hotbed of drummers. You could go out to 6 or 7 nightclubs any night of the week for very little money and see Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Joe Morello...I mean all these great drummers were working all the time. There were two or three great guys in town every night. You just went from one club to the next and it was like taking a free music lesson. It cost you 2 or 3 bucks to get in and you could stay for as long as you wanted. You couldn't go to a better university than seeing those guys play in person up close. Not like a concert. You could be sitting 10 feet from the drum set.
Full interview here:
Anybody here experience this scene or something like it? Also, have live and accessible drumming communities like this been lost completely?