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2045 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR, 97214

503-309-9959

Sound and Rhythm teaches people of all ages and experience.  Absolute beginners or experienced players can find expert instruction at the Sound and Rhythm drumming studio.

Sound and Rhythm drumming studio offers African Drumming Circles & Classes, Private lessons  on drum set and hand drums, Performances,

Team Building, and School Programs.

Thoughts on drumming

Hanging with John Scofield

Clifford Koufman

Every feel like you know a a hero or celebrity? I often think I know what they’d be like in person from hearing their music and witnessing their stage persona. 

For years I’ve listened to the music of John Scofield. I’ve seen him concert as well as enjoying albums that he has done. He has an instantly recognizable tone but is also a chameleon that can seemingly fit into any musical context. He has played with everyone from Miles DavisDave LiebmanJoe HendersonCharles MingusJoey DeFrancescoHerbie HancockPat MethenyBill FrisellPat MartinoMavis StaplesPhil LeshBilly CobhamMedeski Martin & WoodGeorge DukeJaco Pastorius, to John Mayer. That's not even including everybody, what a resume!

Recently I had the opportunity and honor to meet, hang and talk with a hero, John Scofield. I picked him and Joe Lovano up from the airport and he jumped into the passenger seat and John immediately introduced himself. I let him know that I knew who he was. I dropped them off at their hotel. I was amazed at how much he was like what I thought he’d be like.

Later in the day I picked them up to take them to the venue where they were performing. We made a quick stop to pick up coffee at a place that was recommended to them. 

At the venue they got to work sound checking. It was interesting to me that they hardly talked about what they were going to do. They mostly just played, playing a combination of standard and original compositions. 

Their concert that evening was sold out. I heard many rave revues of the show. What a pleasure meeting this musical giant!