Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Presenting "Mr. Rhythm" - today at 1 on WFMU

Today (Wednesday the 8th) from 1 to 2 pm on WFMU 91.1, session drummer Sam Ulano – aka “Mr. Rhythm” – is Irwin’s guest. At age 86, he still happily plays weddings and bar mitzvahs, but there’s a bit more to him than that. Sam’s played and recorded with the top names in jazz and pop; he made regular appearances on the Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs shows, and gigged with Moondog and Public Image Limited (sitting in on their infamous 1981 "riot show" at the old Ritz); he’s written over 2500 (?!) instruction books, and even recorded a series called "Drum's Fairy Tales" in which he plays wild percussion solos while simultaneously reciting hepcat Mother Goose; in a word, Sam is cool. Listen in as the man brings recordings and recollections about a lifetime behind the drum kit to WFMU's Jersey City studios. (Speaking of longevity, Irwin - described by Robert Christgau as "a tedious ideologue with a hustle", which Irwin seems to think of as some sort of badge of honor - is himself a bit of an old-timer!)

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