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â€œThe Robokey is a great time saver! I ALWAYS keep one with me.â€
Kevin Gianino, Adjunct Professor of Jazz Percussion. A native of St. Louis, Professor Gianino attended St. Louis Community College-Meramec, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Webster University. He has served as a faculty member for the International Summer Jazz Academy in Poland and for the Webster Summer Jazz Combo Camp, and the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and performer on a national basis. He is a member of the Webster Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Brilliant Corners, the Sessions Big Band, and the Hard Bop Heritage Quintet. Among the numerous artists with whom he has performed are Toshiko Akiyoshi, Nick Brignola, Richie Cole, Buddy De Franco, Jon Faddis, Terry Gibbs, Al Grey, Rob McConnell, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Dianna Krall and Nancy Wilson. He has toured the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with the Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice Shows 1979-1983 featuring Peggy Fleming. He appeared on the NBC Television special: Highlights of Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice starring Tony Randall. He has made numerous appearances at jazz festivals as adjudicator, guest artist and clinician. Gianino is an instructor at Fred Pierceâ€™s Drum Studio Drum Shop.
Without formal training in music, Dennis was playing drums by the age of 4 and by 6 he was playing in nightclubs. After high school he played with a band called Parliament and Funkadelic for 7 years. In 1987 he joined up with the David Sanborn Band and the John Scofield band ending in 1989. Shortly after that he joined the Mike Stern/ Bob Berg band. Since that time Dennis has played with such luminaries as Bill Evans, Mike Urbaniak, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Steve Kahn, The Brecker Brothers Band and many others.
Before we had a chance to send Dennis a Robokey 4X, he had already picked one up at a Guitar Center. We found this out in a fun way when we picked up the phone at the office on a Saturday afternoon, “Hey this is Dennis Chambers.” OKAY. THE Dennis Chambers- that’s what I thought but just played it cool. “DENNIS !â€ “I use this Robokey tool all the time man and it’s cool”. He just wanted to let us know! Thank you Dennis. Keep up your intensity and musical beauty. We are proud to be a little part of your arsenal.
In a conversation about drummer Peter Erskine, it’s likely that some of the most famous names in the music world would be mentioned. Names like Weather Report, Maynard Ferguson, Jaco Pastorious and the late Michael Brecker. And the impressive list would go on and on, since Peter has touring and recording credits on literally hundreds of albums with artists like Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton & Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Elling, Sadao Watanabe, Eliane Elias, Mike Stern, Miroslav Vitous and Jan Garbarek; [Don't forget to breath here!] the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Modern, the ASKO, Avanti & Absolute Ensembles; “Bass Desires” (with John Scofield, Bill Frisell, and Marc Johnson), the John Abercrombie Trio, the Kenny Wheeler Quintet & Big Band, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Yellowjackets as well as his own groups, including Trios with John Taylor, Palle Danielsson, Rita Marcotulli, and his current band with Alan Pasqua and Dave Carpenter.
As for his using our product, Peter was immediately impressed with how the RoboKey 4X works and what it does. Needless to say, we made sure that he had one to try out and put to the test. “I think your product is terrific… I’ve used it, and it’s great.” Thanks Peter. Carry on with your beautiful music, and we donâ€™t want to sound like your mother, but don’t forget your RoboKey!
After 23 years of drumming professionally, Paul has recorded on 20 CDs (Cirque Du Soleil, McCauley, Solitudes), one DVD (Cirque Du Soleilâ€™s â€˜Varekaiâ€™), performed in two motion pictures (â€˜The X-Menâ€™), three videos (Justin Gray), and ten live television shows (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis and Kelly). He performed in 2,000- to 18,000-seat venues in Toronto on a regular basis backing international artists and groups. He has performed in the pit orchestra for 49 musical/theatre productions worldwide, numerous jazz/swing big bands (Glen Miller Orchestra), and several pipe/marching bands (Ontario Provincial Police Pipes and Drums.
As per Paulâ€™s request, we sent him a Robokey 4X while touring Down Under. Hereâ€™s what he says about it,
â€œI use it. I love it. Great tool!â€
For more info on Paulâ€™s amazing multi-talent career, check out his web site,
Rich is currently the recording and touring drummer for country rocker Jason Aldean (Broken Bow). Touring nonstop for the last two years, the group is having a blast and lots of success lately: A gold (and soon to be platinum) record, a top ten single, a #1 single, 2 #1 videos on CMT and a 3rd single “Amarillo Sky” that is rising fast.
“My Robokey is a total time saver. It reduces wrist tension and it goes everywhere with me. I know it will rule the world!”
Thanks Rich. We just want to help change the world’s drum heads!
“This key is GREAT. I used it the other day to pull a few kits apart and I think I saved a half hour or so. I’ll definitely pass the word on!”
In L.A., Matt recently produced Ben Rubyâ€™s CD “Iâ€™m Not Sentimental” and Hail The Sizeâ€™s debut EP “Light Music For Dark People.” Currently, he’s drumming for Paula Kelley and cult-icon Mink Stole of John Waters fame.
Matt is also owner of THIS OLD DRUM. Serving Los Angeles since 1994, the shop specializes in resurrecting and repairing vintage drums for the players and recording studios of Southern California. From “period-correct repros” to “Frankenstein kits” they handcraft top-of-the-line drums.