BLAH-BLAH, BLUH-BLUH, BUH-BUH, BAH-BUM (kick) PAH, BOOM (no crash cymbal): So goes the most famous drum fill in the history of pop music. As the longtime live drummer for both Phil Collins and Genesis, Chester Thompson has gotten to double everyones favorite easy lover on the epic tom-tom explosion that defines the classic In the Air Tonight, countless times in front of countless concert-goers. But seriously his extensive list of session and touring credits includes musical heavyweights the likes of Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Tower of Power, Santana and Wayne Shorter, to name but just a few. When hes not busy with all that, you can find him teaching drum lessons at Nashvilles mom and pop Mecca for the percussively inclined, Forks Drum Closet, or directing the student jazz ensemble at Belmont University. Thompsons versatile playing style infuses a breadth of chops, ranging from nuanced jazz flourishes to thunderous stadium-sized bombast. Hell showcase the former, with a mix of Latin and Caribbean grooves, when he visits the Nashville Jazz Workshop, as part of their Snap on 2&4 series. Appearing alongside Thompson will be such lauded musicians as Lori Mechem (piano), Roger Spencer (bass), Rod McGaha (trumpet) and Todd London (percussion and steel drum).
Fri., March 19, 8 p.m., 2010