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Through my decades in the music business as a performer, composer, arranger, and/or educator I’ve accumulated a vast Rolodex of the world’s leading musical innovators. From this pool of contacts, I came up with the idea of creating this podcast, Backstage at The Enharmonic, to get a candid look at what music may have inspired my guests in their formative years and who are some of the current artist that they are listening to, especially outside of their genre. The goal of this project is to dispel misconceptions about their tastes, to surprise listeners and fans, to entertain and take listeners to an unexpected point of resolution and think differently about musical categorizations. I’m your host Sean J. Kennedy and welcome to today’s edition of Backstage at The Enharmonic with my guest….

Latest Episodes

Jim Catalano

August 11, 2019 For as long as I can remember my next guest, Jim Catalano, has always been the face of Ludwig Drums for countless other musicians and me. Jim recently retired from Ludwig Drums after a 36+ year tenure and shared many stories and lots of great advice with me during this interview. During our discussion, he recounts how first hearing a drum and bugle corps warming up in his backyard while growing up in Western Pennsylvania ultimately started him on the path for a career in music as both a performer and industry professional. Jim is an Adjunct Instructor of Drums / Percussion at The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. In addition to his many freelance gigs Jim stays busy playing the drums for Truth in Jazz Big Band, Jazz Assemblage Big Band and French Quarter, and even leads his own band, from the vibraphone, called VibeNation. Jim's link Jim @ Facebook Jim at NAMM.org Photo: Jim and Sean at NAMM 2019, Anaheim, CA

41 MINAUG 12
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Jim Catalano

Joseph Modica

December 3, 2018 In the spring of 2017 I had the opportinity to meet and work with the suberb conductor, Joseph Modica.Joe was conducting the orchestra backingthe sensational Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo, for theirNotte Magica tour across north America. Joe is one of the finest conductors I have ever played for, and a great guy too. In the interview we discuss his first conducting experiences, some cool gigs(like working with John Williams!) and balancing a life in music. Joseph Modica is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Redlands and the Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA.Dr. Modica is the Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp and hasprepared choruses for “Video Games Live” in Anaheim, CA and in collaboration with Trudell Orchestras, LLC , he contracted and prepared choruses across the country for the National Tour of “Star Wars – In Concert.” In 2002 Dr. Modica prepared the chorus fo...

28 MIN2018 DEC 4
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Joseph Modica

Jerry Weldon

June 4, 2018If I have ever interviewed someone that I could categorize as a character it is definetlymy next guest, saxman, Jerry Weldon! Brimming with enthusiasm for life and jazz, Jerry has held thetenor saxophone chair with many of jazz music'sfounding fathers including Lionel Hampton, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Jimmy Cobb, to name buta few. Most notably though it is his nearly 30 year collaboration with Harry Connick, Jr. that has made his saxophone playing known worldwide. In 1990, Jerry became a charter member and featured soloist withHarry Connick, Jr.'s newly formed big band. Since then Jerry has toured the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia with Harry. Jerry can be seen daily as a member of the house bandonHARRY, Connick’s daytime television variety show Jerry Links Jerry's Website Jerry's New CD, Those Were The Days This episode's intro music"Ow" [Photo: Jerry Weldon and Sean J. Kennedy, backstage at theTheSuffolk Theater, Long Island 7/1/14]

38 MIN2018 JUN 5
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Jerry Weldon

Ray Deeley

January 10, 2018 I've been looking forward to this interview for a long-time, one of the most inspiring teachers I ever had, drumset player and percussionist extraordinaire Mr. Ray Deeley! I was very fortunate to take private drumset and percussion lessons with Ray while a high school student ('85-'89). Ray taught at numerousCatholic high schools through-out the Philadelphia area, and coincidentally one of his students at another school was Heather High, who I would later meet in the percussion ensemble at West Chester University, which eventually led to our marriage, four great children and a wonderful life. After attending Mastbaum Vocational High School in Philadelphiawith classmates the likes of Lee Morgan, Ray Deeley received a full scholarship to the prestigiousCurtis Institute of Music, studying with Fred Hinger and graduating in 1955. After graduation heworked as afirst-call drumset player and percussionist touring the world withA-List musicians and entertainers, including V...

23 MIN2018 JAN 12
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Ray Deeley

Daniel Glass

January 8, 2018 My first guest of the new year is award-winning drummer, author, educator Daniel Glass. In this episode we discuss Daniel's unique experiences growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii in the 60's and 70's, his college days leading a Pink Floyd cover band, moving to Los Angeles and studying at the Dick Grove School of Music, manning the drum chair in Royal Crown Revue, his life as an educator, publishing and multi-media guru, and the importance of establishing 'your brand.' Daniel Glass is an award-winning drummer, author, historian and educator. He is widely recognized as an authority on classic American drumming and the evolution of American Popular Music. A member of the pioneering swing groupRoyal Crown Revuesince 1994, Daniel has recorded and performed all over the world with many top artists, including Brian Setzer, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Jose Feliciano, Michelle Shocked, Mike Ness, Freddie Cole, Marilyn Maye, Air Supply’s Graham Russell and KISS frontman Gene Simm...

63 MIN2018 JAN 9
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Daniel Glass

Bernie Dresel

October 12, 2017My next guest started taking drum lessons at just 4 years old: Bernie Dresel! Growing up in western Pennsylvania getting a healthy diet of polka and hillbillymusic and eventually moving onto to studyclassical percussion and music education atthe Eastman School of Music, Berniehas become one of the most in-demand recording and live drummers on the planet. We talk about the challenges of breaking into the music business today and the patience that is required,how his classical percussion and drumset chops lead to more opportunities, the level of sight reading ability needed to be a studio musician, how music brings humanity to cartoons and movies, the impact of Buddy Rich, performingon the tv special celebrating Frank Sinatra's 80th, and the value of not using click tracks. Bernie Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman...

55 MIN2017 OCT 13
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Bernie Dresel

Eddie Luisi

October 9, 2017My next guest is often referred to asThe Stage Manager to The Stars:Eddie Luisi. Eddie has been the stage manager on "Good Morning America" in Times Square, NYC since 1987. The list of musicians, actors, comedians, and personalities that he has worked with is a real who's-who list in popular culture. Eddie is just a blast to be around and to talk to. In this episode he shares sage advice for young people and some great behind the scenes stories about Nathan East, Prince, Amy Grant, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Big Bird, James Brown and even recounts being on set for Elmo's Sesame Street debut. When not working in television Eddie is an active church musicianand mentors scores of high school musicians. Eddie currently works at "Good Morning America" andgives motivational & inspiring talks to high school & college students from around the U.S. who come and visit NYC and the set of GMA. Eddie's Links FencesComingDown.com soundcloud.com/fencescomingdown https://www.facebook.com/...

33 MIN2017 OCT 10
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Eddie Luisi

Neil Grover

September 28, 2017 Thewords from my next guest are both articulateand brimming with the shimmering nuances, much likehis trademark tambourines and triangles;a living legend in the percussion community, Neil Grover. Neil shares memories of some his most memorable performances with collaborators like John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Vic Firth and Aaron Copland, relates the similarities of being a musician and entrepreneur, recalls his terrible drum major skills in high school and provides some great advice for aspiring musicians. Neil W. Groverholds the distinction of performing with one of the world’s foremost orchestras (Boston Symphony) on the soundtrack for one of the most successful blockbuster movies of all time (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) and with the iconic rock band, Aerosmith.Neil is a renowned percussionist, accomplished music educator, imaginative product innovator, and successful entrepreneur. He is the founder and president of Grover Pro Percuss...

31 MIN2017 OCT 2
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Neil Grover

Andrew Torre

June 13, 2017 My next guest and I have known each other since 1996!Right after graduating from music school in addition to performing, I began teaching drums and percussionin suburban Philadelphia. One of my very first private drum students was my guest, Andrew Torre. I have very fond memories of driving to his parents' house, to teach a lesson,and being greeted by his mother and father, his grandfather and their dachshunds. I knew from the beginning that this kid was going places in the music business. His knowledge of drums and drummers, as an 11 year old,rivaled many pros that I knew. His strong family bonds, coupled with his love of drumming has gotten him to the top of the music business. Andrew is currently the drum tech and audio playback technician with the world-wide pop sensation, Panic! at the Disco, an avid drum collector/historian and freelance audio technician. (Check out his wall of snare drums! His collection spans almost 100 years of drumming history.) Andrew's link...

23 MIN2017 JUN 14
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Andrew Torre

NAMM Roundtable with Sean J. Kennedy, Mark Amentt, Clayton Cameron & Gordon Goodwin

NAMM GenNext Round-table NAMMGenNext Session: "Knocking Down Walls to Strengthen Your Foundation"Presented on, Thursday, January 19 — 10:30 am to 11:25 amAnaheim Hilton, Level 4, Capistrano A&B An all-star panel explores and discusses the reasons that we build mental walls and roadblocks—and how to remove them to achieve success, develop professional relationships, and enhance performance and educational opportunities. Moderator:Sean J. Kennedy Panelists:Gordon Goodwin,Clayton CameronandMark Amentt. In cooperation with Photo: L-R Gordon Goodwin, Clayton Cameron, Mark Amentt & Sean J. Kennedy

44 MIN2017 APR 14
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NAMM Roundtable with Sean J. Kennedy, Mark Amentt, Clayton Cameron & Gordon Goodwin

Latest Episodes

Jim Catalano

August 11, 2019 For as long as I can remember my next guest, Jim Catalano, has always been the face of Ludwig Drums for countless other musicians and me. Jim recently retired from Ludwig Drums after a 36+ year tenure and shared many stories and lots of great advice with me during this interview. During our discussion, he recounts how first hearing a drum and bugle corps warming up in his backyard while growing up in Western Pennsylvania ultimately started him on the path for a career in music as both a performer and industry professional. Jim is an Adjunct Instructor of Drums / Percussion at The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. In addition to his many freelance gigs Jim stays busy playing the drums for Truth in Jazz Big Band, Jazz Assemblage Big Band and French Quarter, and even leads his own band, from the vibraphone, called VibeNation. Jim's link Jim @ Facebook Jim at NAMM.org Photo: Jim and Sean at NAMM 2019, Anaheim, CA

41 MINAUG 12
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Jim Catalano

Joseph Modica

December 3, 2018 In the spring of 2017 I had the opportinity to meet and work with the suberb conductor, Joseph Modica.Joe was conducting the orchestra backingthe sensational Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo, for theirNotte Magica tour across north America. Joe is one of the finest conductors I have ever played for, and a great guy too. In the interview we discuss his first conducting experiences, some cool gigs(like working with John Williams!) and balancing a life in music. Joseph Modica is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Redlands and the Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA.Dr. Modica is the Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp and hasprepared choruses for “Video Games Live” in Anaheim, CA and in collaboration with Trudell Orchestras, LLC , he contracted and prepared choruses across the country for the National Tour of “Star Wars – In Concert.” In 2002 Dr. Modica prepared the chorus fo...

28 MIN2018 DEC 4
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Joseph Modica

Jerry Weldon

June 4, 2018If I have ever interviewed someone that I could categorize as a character it is definetlymy next guest, saxman, Jerry Weldon! Brimming with enthusiasm for life and jazz, Jerry has held thetenor saxophone chair with many of jazz music'sfounding fathers including Lionel Hampton, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Jimmy Cobb, to name buta few. Most notably though it is his nearly 30 year collaboration with Harry Connick, Jr. that has made his saxophone playing known worldwide. In 1990, Jerry became a charter member and featured soloist withHarry Connick, Jr.'s newly formed big band. Since then Jerry has toured the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia with Harry. Jerry can be seen daily as a member of the house bandonHARRY, Connick’s daytime television variety show Jerry Links Jerry's Website Jerry's New CD, Those Were The Days This episode's intro music"Ow" [Photo: Jerry Weldon and Sean J. Kennedy, backstage at theTheSuffolk Theater, Long Island 7/1/14]

38 MIN2018 JUN 5
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Jerry Weldon

Ray Deeley

January 10, 2018 I've been looking forward to this interview for a long-time, one of the most inspiring teachers I ever had, drumset player and percussionist extraordinaire Mr. Ray Deeley! I was very fortunate to take private drumset and percussion lessons with Ray while a high school student ('85-'89). Ray taught at numerousCatholic high schools through-out the Philadelphia area, and coincidentally one of his students at another school was Heather High, who I would later meet in the percussion ensemble at West Chester University, which eventually led to our marriage, four great children and a wonderful life. After attending Mastbaum Vocational High School in Philadelphiawith classmates the likes of Lee Morgan, Ray Deeley received a full scholarship to the prestigiousCurtis Institute of Music, studying with Fred Hinger and graduating in 1955. After graduation heworked as afirst-call drumset player and percussionist touring the world withA-List musicians and entertainers, including V...

23 MIN2018 JAN 12
Comments
Ray Deeley

Daniel Glass

January 8, 2018 My first guest of the new year is award-winning drummer, author, educator Daniel Glass. In this episode we discuss Daniel's unique experiences growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii in the 60's and 70's, his college days leading a Pink Floyd cover band, moving to Los Angeles and studying at the Dick Grove School of Music, manning the drum chair in Royal Crown Revue, his life as an educator, publishing and multi-media guru, and the importance of establishing 'your brand.' Daniel Glass is an award-winning drummer, author, historian and educator. He is widely recognized as an authority on classic American drumming and the evolution of American Popular Music. A member of the pioneering swing groupRoyal Crown Revuesince 1994, Daniel has recorded and performed all over the world with many top artists, including Brian Setzer, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Jose Feliciano, Michelle Shocked, Mike Ness, Freddie Cole, Marilyn Maye, Air Supply’s Graham Russell and KISS frontman Gene Simm...

63 MIN2018 JAN 9
Comments
Daniel Glass

Bernie Dresel

October 12, 2017My next guest started taking drum lessons at just 4 years old: Bernie Dresel! Growing up in western Pennsylvania getting a healthy diet of polka and hillbillymusic and eventually moving onto to studyclassical percussion and music education atthe Eastman School of Music, Berniehas become one of the most in-demand recording and live drummers on the planet. We talk about the challenges of breaking into the music business today and the patience that is required,how his classical percussion and drumset chops lead to more opportunities, the level of sight reading ability needed to be a studio musician, how music brings humanity to cartoons and movies, the impact of Buddy Rich, performingon the tv special celebrating Frank Sinatra's 80th, and the value of not using click tracks. Bernie Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman...

55 MIN2017 OCT 13
Comments
Bernie Dresel

Eddie Luisi

October 9, 2017My next guest is often referred to asThe Stage Manager to The Stars:Eddie Luisi. Eddie has been the stage manager on "Good Morning America" in Times Square, NYC since 1987. The list of musicians, actors, comedians, and personalities that he has worked with is a real who's-who list in popular culture. Eddie is just a blast to be around and to talk to. In this episode he shares sage advice for young people and some great behind the scenes stories about Nathan East, Prince, Amy Grant, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Big Bird, James Brown and even recounts being on set for Elmo's Sesame Street debut. When not working in television Eddie is an active church musicianand mentors scores of high school musicians. Eddie currently works at "Good Morning America" andgives motivational & inspiring talks to high school & college students from around the U.S. who come and visit NYC and the set of GMA. Eddie's Links FencesComingDown.com soundcloud.com/fencescomingdown https://www.facebook.com/...

33 MIN2017 OCT 10
Comments
Eddie Luisi

Neil Grover

September 28, 2017 Thewords from my next guest are both articulateand brimming with the shimmering nuances, much likehis trademark tambourines and triangles;a living legend in the percussion community, Neil Grover. Neil shares memories of some his most memorable performances with collaborators like John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Vic Firth and Aaron Copland, relates the similarities of being a musician and entrepreneur, recalls his terrible drum major skills in high school and provides some great advice for aspiring musicians. Neil W. Groverholds the distinction of performing with one of the world’s foremost orchestras (Boston Symphony) on the soundtrack for one of the most successful blockbuster movies of all time (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) and with the iconic rock band, Aerosmith.Neil is a renowned percussionist, accomplished music educator, imaginative product innovator, and successful entrepreneur. He is the founder and president of Grover Pro Percuss...

31 MIN2017 OCT 2
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Neil Grover

Andrew Torre

June 13, 2017 My next guest and I have known each other since 1996!Right after graduating from music school in addition to performing, I began teaching drums and percussionin suburban Philadelphia. One of my very first private drum students was my guest, Andrew Torre. I have very fond memories of driving to his parents' house, to teach a lesson,and being greeted by his mother and father, his grandfather and their dachshunds. I knew from the beginning that this kid was going places in the music business. His knowledge of drums and drummers, as an 11 year old,rivaled many pros that I knew. His strong family bonds, coupled with his love of drumming has gotten him to the top of the music business. Andrew is currently the drum tech and audio playback technician with the world-wide pop sensation, Panic! at the Disco, an avid drum collector/historian and freelance audio technician. (Check out his wall of snare drums! His collection spans almost 100 years of drumming history.) Andrew's link...

23 MIN2017 JUN 14
Comments
Andrew Torre

NAMM Roundtable with Sean J. Kennedy, Mark Amentt, Clayton Cameron & Gordon Goodwin

NAMM GenNext Round-table NAMMGenNext Session: "Knocking Down Walls to Strengthen Your Foundation"Presented on, Thursday, January 19 — 10:30 am to 11:25 amAnaheim Hilton, Level 4, Capistrano A&B An all-star panel explores and discusses the reasons that we build mental walls and roadblocks—and how to remove them to achieve success, develop professional relationships, and enhance performance and educational opportunities. Moderator:Sean J. Kennedy Panelists:Gordon Goodwin,Clayton CameronandMark Amentt. In cooperation with Photo: L-R Gordon Goodwin, Clayton Cameron, Mark Amentt & Sean J. Kennedy

44 MIN2017 APR 14
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NAMM Roundtable with Sean J. Kennedy, Mark Amentt, Clayton Cameron & Gordon Goodwin
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