Drummer Jon Proffitt is interviewed about how he started drumming, his love of Buddy Rich, sports podcasting, and much more.
My earliest musical memory happened when I was 9 yrs old. Sitting in church in NYC with my parents. The regular church drummer didn’t show up so my mom said “Jonathan, Go Play!” That was my first time ever playing drums in church in front of a lot of people. Nervous wreck. I actually still have the cassette tape of that service.
Buddy Rich is definitely #1. A lot of my musical influences are my own cousins. All of them either sing or play an instrument. I grew up watching them all the time. My late father Charles Proffitt had a big impact on me wanting to sing. I miss him a lot. But famously, Buddy Rich, Cory Henry, Eddie Heyward, and even one of my closest friends Robert Saunders. The things he does on drums is AMAZING. Master at work.
Me and him built a relationship and when he went on to bigger and better things, he turned the reigns over to me
Well, I wasn’t old enough to purchase my own brownstone in New York at eleven years old, so when my parents moved, I did as well.
Well, there was a guy who I now call “Unc” by the name of Tony Clarke….and he was the drummer for a band called Eat Mo’ Music. Me and him built a relationship and when he went on to bigger and better things, he turned the reigns over to me. And the rest is history.
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It’s actually an opportunity I wasn’t expecting. Club Elan was in search of someone to do live instrumentation on the weekends for their 18+ demographic. It was a chance I could not pass up. I’ve been there 3 years now I turned it into what is now a drumming/MC gig. Apparently I know how to hype a crowd too.
Yes I have. I had the immense pleasure of doing two albums with a band called the Royal Noise, the original band I might add. There’s another version of that band out there right now, somewhere up north, but I’ll leave that right there. Two of the best albums I’ve ever been a part of. The debut album “Keep on Moving” and the sophomore project “Unbreakable.” Then I had the opportunity to do a project with the band Kota Mundi. Both of these bands gave me the time of my life.
I just wish that during the bigger city events like the Savannah Music Festival and the Jazz Festival that some of the city’s lesser advertised acts get a chance to shine on a big city stage
Absolutely! I always wanted to do a “Drummer’s Delight” album. Myself, Jermaine Baker of Voodoo Soup, Robert Saunders, Derrick Major Larry, and Josh Frazier. OMG! That’s Heaven man.
You could have asked just this question and had a whole article. I think the scene is in good hands. I just wish that during the bigger city events like the Savannah Music Festival and the Jazz Festival that some of the city’s lesser advertised acts get a chance to shine on a big city stage. There are extremely talented bands and artists like T.G. Live, Wood & Steel, Lafaye, JD Music Group, Individually Twisted, etc. that are confined to the bar/restaurant scene that should be on bigger stages but they aren’t and that’s unfortunate.
Nothing for the rest of the year really. But you can catch me EVERY weekend(Fri/Sat) at Club Elan. Also, I am planning a relaunch of my music brand “JP’s Music” in 2020 so be on the lookout for that.