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Musical applications for the American Drum-Set.

The Intensives includes 4 lessons of 50- 90 minutes in duration and one presentation/demonstration of your progress. This is an opportunity for advanced players to prepare, improve, and experiment with a musician.

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Tales and Myths and Wings

Musicians Talking


William Parker Artists Talk at NYBC

Veronica's Podcast :

Rhythm Adaption drum-set lessons personalize drumming to center our concentration,  identify grasp in rhythm, and apply more fitness to our mind and body for a greater musical agency. 

A Strong Vibration by Jake Nussbaum

An interview conducted by one of my advanced former students:

Music and Health

Must see papers by :

Dr. Julian F. Thayer on Music and Emotions and by 

 Dr. Psyche Loui Improvisation as a Model

 It has been an honor to assist them in their research. 

As I have over 1000 personal stories and accounts of learning processes from my 29 years of teaching private lessons.  Some of them have been remarkable enough to remember and important enough to share. Here are two with uniquely noteworthy outcomes. 

Two memorable breakthrough moments for a drum-set student. The names are fictional for anonymity.

Georgette and cross-referenced coordination: I once had an adult student who heard me in performance and approached me with a request for lessons. At the time she maintained a career as an executive at a well-known women's apparel company. Her enthusiasm was fueled by the fact that her mother had an early onset of Alzheimer's condition. She was intent on using some kind of preventative method to fortify her mental activity with complex motor skills. She had been a semi-professional ice skater and imagined that there was similar coordination used in playing the American drum-set. So it was. Georgette took weekly drum-set lessons with me for approximately one year and gained remarkable skills. She adapted quickly to both reading and executing drum-set patterns, to reach a level that instilled buoyant confidence and musicality.  I believe her ice skating ability was a factor, in her progress. A kind of re-adaptation to get brain and muscle to flow. I can bet on her ability to easily recall this information by refreshing her study or even joining an impromptu recreational music activity.

Kohe and the 8am lesson I often tell this story to students who imagine that early morning is anytime before 10am.

Kohe came to me late in the semester's audition process. He was a complete beginner. My schedule was full, though I do not always put more experienced students before beginners.

I asked him if he could see himself making it to class at 8 am. He agreed. We began promptly on most of our Tuesdays right at 8 am. In my years of teaching, I have occasionally come across a pupil who struggles to retain the information learned in class and gradually advances in the subsequent lessons. This did not seem to be the case with Kohe. Each lesson took a toll on both of us. If there was any progress during the lesson or in his practice time that followed that week, it surely did not stick enough for him to display any results. This went on for twelve weeks. In the mid-term period, I had begun to wonder if this early meeting time was a mistake. I also began to question whether it was my teaching methods or his individual capacity for memory. In our final meeting of the semester, Kohe did something that I had never seen, and have not seen since. He regurgitated every one of the fundamental four-part patterns in his repertoire. He played these apparently locked up bits of complex information with ease. He not only shocked me, but visibly shocked himself, as he bandied about effortlessly on the drum-set with a grin that I can still see in my mind's eye today. 


Pheeroan akLaff believes that the arts are a way to give thanks and to work for change. He is a musician who has kept New York vibrant with live music for over thirty years. His personal style of drumming with adventuresome composers began as a young artist touring countries of Africa Asia and Europe. His associations with Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Henry Threadgill, Sonny Sharrock, and eventually Yamashita Yosuke, Liu Sola Henry Brant, and Andrew Hill presented him with opportunities to perform and record a volume of rare work. 







It has been thirty years since I came to know Pheeroan AkLaff. 

He is my best friend and a family member; his musicality, his personality, and his sense of humor all fit perfectly with mine.

He is a very important part of my New York Trio, as well as being very active in his own project, with his solo drum performances.

Please take a moment to experience the charm of his music.

You certainly will be hooked.

Yosuke Yamashita

Friday August 4th 

Jazz Spot Dolphy Tel.045 261-4542

横浜市中区宮川町2-17-4 第一西村ビル2Fお問合わせ・ライブ予約 -

Tel. 045261-4542 (問合せ)



Saturday August 5th

Salon Kamoshita  サロン・ド・カモシタ 

Tel.042 361-2637

Address : 2 Chome 12-11 Honshukucho, Fuchu, Tokyo







愛知県岡崎市 戸崎町字外山38-5 イオンモール岡崎3F

Aichi-Prefectures, Okazaki-CIty, Tosaki-cho, Sotoyama 38-5, AEON MALL OKAZAKI 3F

TEL: 0564-59-1077

August 7th








On August 7th Mr. akLaff will perform a rare duo performance with shakuhachi master Mikan Nitta in Tsu City, Mie prefecture.

Print Articles on Pheeroan akLaff
Musica Jazz (Italy) Giuseppi Segala intyerview Spring 2013
Musicworks (Canada) Stuart Broomer interview January 2013
Slagwerk Magazine (Holland) Hugo Pinksterboer interview January 2012
Jazz Magazine (Spain) Jorge Lopez Gereñu interview Autumn 2010
Hot House Magazine cover article by Paul Blair April 2004
Coda Magazine (Canada) cover article by Jerry D'Souza July/August 1997
Signature Magazine Japan, Dr. Tekemura interview April 1996
The Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Jordan interview, January 1996
Modern Drummer, Noah Howard interview 12/95,
Drums Magazine Japan, Interview 1991
Marie Claire Japan, CD review 1990, Jazz Podium, Germany 1989
Musician Magazine Ted Drozdowski interview June 1989
RYTMI Magazine Finland #9-10 interview November1987
Modern Drummer, Chip Stern interview May 1984
Midday Times Bombay, India interview January 1984
Coda Magazine (Canada) #186 interview January 1982
Ivoire Dimanche Magazine Ivory Coast#537 J.S. Bakiono interview June 1981
Ophelia Magazine Nigeria Volume 2 Frank Fairfax interview January 1981

Music Supervision and Film Scoring

Mostro Turchino - by Carlo Gozzi - Directed by Karin Coonrod Compangnia Colombari - 2023 Venice Biennial
Hewitt Collection of African American Art, a documentary by Charles Martin, 2008
Hats by Bunn, a documentary by Charles Martin, 2007
Ed Clark: A Brush With Success, a documentary by Charles Martin 2006
Sweet Samoa by Tomas Casas 2003

Artistic Appointments and Mentoring
Artist Residency, Par Do Tu, Warsaw Poland, February 2013
Artist Residency, Javierna University, Bogota Colombia, July 2012
Artist Residency, Tufts University, April 2010

New York Foundation for the Arts - 2000

New Music USA 2018

Jazz and Spirituality; published by MyUni - Austria, 2010
House of Friends: Temperance 2018
A View From Thrones; Interviewing Jazz Impresarios of Japan

Sticks and Stones - reflections, faction, and prose - in production