Please forgive the long delay in updates, but we have been very busy with all things regarding Buddy!
Be sure to check out the new Buddy products for sale now in the store, including the Collectors Edition DVD's and the No Funny Hats CD!
The new Buddy Rich line of drums will be introduced at the January NAMM show in Anaheim California. They will be made by DW Drums, in my opinion, the finest drum manufacturer in the world. We will be shooting for a Buddy Rich Memorial Concert in Los Angeles at the House of Blues, also in association with DW. This event will also be the premier performance of Buddy's grandson Nick playing with the band. Nick is also busy playing drums and singing in his band 7 Day Holiday. He is also working on an instructional DVD for release late next year.
The Buddy Rich movie has been scripted and we are now looking at possible directors for the project. Steven Soderbergh is still on board as Producer.
On January 31st at the new Lincoln Center Jazz venue in New York City, there will be the worlds largest and most prestigious auction of jazz memorabilia. John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Buddy will be well represented. Guernsey's auction house is putting on the event.
Although it has been a slow process, we hope to add new features to this site by the first quarter of 2005. More details will follow as we get closer.
If you are going to be in the Las Vegas area between December 22 and January 3rd, check out the new band Phoenix that will be performing an exclusive engagement at the Bellagio Hotel's Fontana Lounge. The band features Jimmy Crespo on guitar (formerly of Aerosmith and Rod Stewart), David Ragsdale on Violin (formerly of the band Kansas), as well as drummer Jamie Borden, who recently released the top selling DVD Rush: a step by step breakdown of Neil Peart's drum grooves and fills, soon to be available here in our store, singer /percussionist Tony Davitch, vocalist Danielle Bell, and keyboardist Brian Hicks round out this incredible band! Check them out if you can.
I will update you again in January (really!) In the meantime have a great Holiday season!
PS We have a limited supply of Buddy Rich Downbeat shirts in both long and short sleeve, email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Thank you as always for your continued love and support of Buddy.