I finally heeded the advice of a friend and watched A Drummer's Dream on Netflix. I was blown-away to watch all these amazing drummers, but the final cat...Kenwood Dennard, holds a very special place in my heart.
In 2007, I would travel four hours one way by bus from Berlin, NH to Boston once a month to study with Kenwood. For those of you who don't know, he is a drumming legend who has shared the stage with literally everyone including Dizzy, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Jaco. He was one of the last drummers to swing with Miles and carries with him a level of drumming knowledge that few institutions could hold, much-less any individual.
During our first lesson he stated "I want to show you something Miles showed me," and proceeded to guide my ride hand through a fluid motion paired to a simple phrase we repeated over and over.
From there, our time together evolved into serious studies in swing, reading, and complete independence.
My time with Kenwood resulted in my first book on drum set technique – one which he endorsed.
I am still working on the swing he passed down to me from Miles.
I hope to get it one day. ;)