Sunday, January 7th, 2018Happy New Year from Chile!
Happy New year! 2017 fly by with many fantastic gigs and several cds released. 2018 has been quite cool so far with my first gig in Quillota Chile with a very cool band. Check out this video!
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017SELCUK SUNA ALBUM RELEASE!
Hey, I\'m super proud to announce the release of Selcuk Suna\'s album \"Turkish Standards/Non-Standard\" click the link to find it on iTunes. Selcuk is an amazing clarinetist from Turkey and he has a stellar line-up. It was a really awesome experience to record with these guys!
Friday, March 31st, 2017DRUMMER'S RESOURCE PODCAST INTERVIEW!
Hey, so this week was pretty cool. I got interviewed by the ever amazing Drummer's Resource Podcast. I have been a huge fan of this Podcast for several years now, and it is a great honour to be on it. Click link below to hear the interview.
Friday, March 10th, 2017Last night!
Great gig with the Jay Danley Band at the Gladstone Hotel. Here is a video
Saturday, March 4th, 2017Records, Releases, Tours!
Wow, so long since I have posted news here! Things have been going great lately with lots of amazing and inspiring musical activities. A very fun album that I recorded last year was just released: Jay Danely Band - "Ethiojazz Vol. I with special guests: Hilario Duran, Rich Brown, and Alexander Brown. You can hear a track "Clean Water and a Bag of Rice" from the album streaming. If you are reading this on a mobil device, click
HERE. I was also back in studio recently with the amazing clarinetist, Selcuk Suna to record a super exciting album of Modern Funky Jazz versions of traditional Turkish songs. There is a short but FUN video clip from the studio if you click HERE. You can also hear a quick sample of my new Yamaha Recording Custom (6.5\"x14\") Brass snare. This album will be released in just a few months. Furthermore, I'm super excited to hit the road for a Western Canada/US tour with an old friend, bassist and composer Bret Higgins and his very cool band, Atlas Revolt. Thank-you very much for visiting my website! Please fell free to drop me a line to say hello, or ask any questions. Max
Sunday, April 10th, 2016Health Tips for Drummers!
My latest published article in Drums Etc Magazine. ENJOY!
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016Recording Cajita!
Here is a short clip from a recording session I did with the great singer/songwriter Maddy Rodriguez. Maddy has some fresh new songs and I wanted to try some different sounds, so I brought out my "Cajita" a very cool percussion instrument from the Afro-Peruvian tradition.
Saturday, January 16th, 2016Great gig last night!
I Had a great gig last night. Bartosz Hadala Trio at Lula lounge in Toronto. Bartosz is a fantastic piano player from Poland. Here is the MAX CAM!
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016First MAX CAM of the New Year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Please enjoy my first ¡MAX CAM! video of the year. My first gig of the year, with Mr. Rich Brown on bass!
Friday, January 1st, 2016HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Imagine if we celebrated the beginning a new beat or bar of music the way that we celebrate the beginning of a new year?! Time is relative. Compared to a second or a day, a year is a slightly larger measurement of time. Possibly a new year could be better equated to a new song during a concert, or better yet, a new concert that we are performing. We start each new year with a fresh start, the anticipation of new and exciting adventures, ups and downs, new experiences coming our way. A lot can happen in a year! Maybe we could try to approach playing music this way? As you begin each concert, get ready to ride those "waves" with the excitement like it's a new year. Each song could be like a new month, with it's own unique events. You could celebrate arriving at each new section of a song like it's the count down to a new year. What if we even tried to "milk" each quarter note like it's a new year. Am I crazy?! Have a great 2016 everybody!
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015DRUMMING IN THE MOMENT!
My latest article JUST released! Drumming in the moment - Concentration/mindfulness tips for peak performance - Part one
Saturday, October 10th, 2015Fun Recording session!
I had a very fun recording session this week creating loops by layering several percussion tracks. Here is a short sample
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015PART-TWO!
Yes, Part-Two of my article entitled "The Table, chairs, and Kitchen sink of time" was just released in the latest issue of Drums Etc Magazine. Check it out!
Thursday, September 10th, 2015Video clip from a great gig last Sunday!
Here is a clip from a great gig I had at the Rex in Toronto with Jay Danley\'s EthioJazz Project. A very fun band to play with! Click link to see video!
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015BUSY TIMES!
Hello there, how are you? I always love connecting with people from all around the globe, so please feel free to drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on social media. So, it's summer in Toronto right now, and there are gigs aplenty. It's been great seeing all of my musician friends CRAZY busy with multiple gigs everyday. I have been busy myself, but still making sure to enjoy each moment. Speaking of moments, it always seems that spontaneous moments are the freshest and most exciting. Check out this video of what happened when the power went out at a recent gig!
Sunday, June 21st, 2015Fine tune your \"Latin\" beats!
Hello wonderful people, here is a brand new article I had published in the awesome Drums Etc. magazine. Please check it out and share with your friends, teachers, students etc. Thanks!
Thursday, June 11th, 2015FUN GIG last Sunday!
Brand new clip from the ¡MAX CAM! featuring Bartosz Hadala soloing on his very fun tune called "The B Files". This tune tune can be found on his album entitled "The Runner Up" which features some very fine musicians including Antonio Sanchez and Randy Brecker, easily found on iTunes. Buy it!
Saturday, April 18th, 2015Linear Funk using Stick Control!
Yes, my latest article published in the latest issue of the fabulous all Canadian drumming magazine Drums Etc. Check out it!
Monday, April 13th, 2015DRUM SOLO!
Hey, I had a really great gig this past Friday at Toronto's most awesome music venue, Lula Lounge. Here is a drum solo from the last tune entitled "Gray" Enjoy! And please feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel and leave on comment on my video!
Monday, February 16th, 2015Podcast interview!
I have been really into listening to podcasts lately. There are many great ones out there, and it is a pleasure to be featured in the latest episode of the Both Sides of The Kit podcast. Click the link to listen!
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015Last night!
I had a really great gig with some of my most favourite musicians last night. here is a video!
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015New Video!
Hey there! Here is a supplementary video I did for my article in the latest issue of Canadian Musician Magazine. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015New Article published!
Hello wonderful people, and thank-you very much for stopping by my website. I just had another article published in the latest issue of Canadian Musician Magazine and wanted to share it with you. Drop me a line, let me know what you think!
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014Cover of Drums Etc Magazine!
I am very honoured and proud to be featured on the cover of the latest issue of this fabulous Canadian drum magazine!
Monday, December 8th, 2014Latin Jazz in 7/4!
Here is a video from this past summer at the Beaches International Jazz Festival. This is a special arrangement of the late great Horace Silver\'s tune Nica\'s Dream. ENJOY!
Saturday, November 1st, 2014ZEBRINA BACK AT TRANZAC!
Hey there, so this band called Zebrina that I have the great pleasure of playing with just played at the Tranzac Club in Toronto this past Thursday. It was a great gig, and I always say that the Tranzac is my favourite sounding rooms in the world to play in. Honestly! Here is a video form the gig. And if you want to catch us in person, we'lll be back at the Tranzac Thursday Dec 18th 10:30pm. I hope to see you there!
Friday, October 24th, 2014648 hand/foot combinations?!
YES! My latest published article. EXCITED to share this!
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014TOUR!
So, I am excited to hit the road for a mini tour in Quebec this coming week. I'll be playing with Argentinian Pianist Gabriel Palatchi, who is the area for a few shows. Here is a video clip from a gig we did at Lula Lounge this past Friday
Monday, September 22nd, 2014RIP Kenny Wheeler
R.I.P. Kenny Wheeler. Here is a video lesson I did for an article that I wrote in Canadian Musician awhile back using a baseline from one of Kenny's tunes
Saturday, September 13th, 2014DREAMCATCHERS ( brushes solo) NEW MAX CAM
Saturday, August 30th, 2014Yet another magazine article!
Proud to have yet another magazine article published! Check it out!
Friday, August 22nd, 2014THE PILOT!
My latest ¡MAX CAM! video filmed at the Pilot Tavern in Toronto!
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014MORE MAX
Hey! Some more ¡MAX CAM! from this past Beaches Jazz Festival
Friday, August 1st, 2014BEACHES JAZZ FESTIVAL!
I am super proud to have been asked to bring my band to play at the Beaches Jazz Festival this year. We had an awesome time! Here is a short video. Enjoy!
Monday, July 21st, 2014COOL GIGS!
I am super excited to play two gigs under my name this week. I'll be at The Richmond Hill Centre for the performing Arts Tuesday July 22 7:30pm and The Beaches Jazz festival Friday July 25 3-5pm. Check my "GIGS" section for more details, and I hope to see you at one of my shows!
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014MORE MAX
Another new ¡MAX CAM! video from my gig this past Sunday. ENJOY!
Thursday, April 24th, 2014SPRING!
Spring has sprung! Whether the weather shows it or not it's here, and so is the Spring 2014 issue of Drums Etc magazine which features another article written by yours truly. I hope that you will have the chance to read the article and benefit from it!
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014Mo' better Blues
Here is a new ¡MAX CAM! video from my gig at Lula Lounge a few weeks ago. ENJOY!
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014FUN DAY!
I had a super fun day filming some new lessons for Drum Hang online drum school today. Here is a short video. ENJOY!
Thursday, March 20th, 2014LET'S HANG!
Hey, I am SUPER excited to ba a part of this new online drum school called DRUM HANG, here is a FREE lesson I did. ENJOY!
Monday, March 10th, 2014EXCITING NEWS!
I am proud to announce that I am part of a new online drum school called " DRUM HANG" coming very soon. Check the link for a teaser video!
Thursday, March 6th, 2014FEATURED ARTIST!
I am honoured to be this week´s featured ¨where are they now¨artist from the Jazz.FM91 - Jazz and The Arts program Jazzology. Click the link to read the article
Monday, February 24th, 2014more ¡MAX CAM! for ya
some 11/8 drum soloing.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014GIG AT THE REX!
I am really looking forward to playing with my Trio plus a very special guest at the Rex next month. click the link for the facebook invite
Friday, February 7th, 2014Have a great weekend!
Here is my latest ¡MAX CAM! video. Tracking some drums in the studio
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014PROUD!
Hey, I am proud to have been part of a very special television show entitled "God's Greatest Hits" for Vision TV Here is a link to check one of the songs
Monday, February 3rd, 2014I LOVE
I love playing in 7 and I lobe playing with this killer guitarist
Saturday, January 25th, 2014LAST NIGHT!
GREAT gig last night. Here is a little sample. More to come, but in the meantime it's time to enjoy a day off!
Sunday, January 19th, 2014NEW VIDEO
HEY! Here is a new ¡MAX CAM! for you all. This is an open drum solo from a gig I play on this past Friday night at Lula Lounge in Toronto. Enjoy!
Friday, December 13th, 2013SPECIAL OFFER on DRUM LESSONS with Max Senitt
Yes! This holiday season, for a LIMITED TIME, I will be offering a SPECIAL RATE for students who sign up for 4 (or more) private lessons. Furthermore, if you continue your studies with me past the initial 4 lessons, I will keep the same discounted rate. *Offer ends December 31st*
- audio and/or Video recording of the lesson
- supplementary materials from a large collection
- GREAT COFFEE (or herbal tea)
- the undivided attention from an experienced performer and teacher who is PASSIONATE about guiding his students towards the path to excellence on this beautiful journey in music.
"Music is the best expression of what's deep inside our soul"
For more details feel free to message me here in Facebook, email email@example.com or though my website
Friday, October 11th, 2013Another magazine article!
Check out my article in the latest issue of Canadian Musician Magazine! Page 28
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013PAISTE
I love Paiste cymbals, and I am very proud to endorse them, and be featured on their website.
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013NEW SOUNDS
Hey, here is the first of a few tracks that I will upload. This was recorded live with my Zoom H2. It was a duo gig, drums, and bass with loop station and tons of effect pedals. Enjoy!
Friday, September 20th, 2013NEW ¡MAX CAM! video "in the studio"
Hey, I just uploaded a brand new ¡MAX CAM! video. Recorded last week, while doing a recording session at the famous Phase One Studios in Toronto
Thursday, September 12th, 2013Part Two!
Yes, I uploaded Part Two of the supplementary video for my article in the latest issue of Drums Etc Magazine. Click the link to check it out!
Saturday, September 7th, 2013DRUMS ETC MAGAZINE
Hey, check out my article in the latest issue of Drums Etc Magazine. There is also a supplementary video.
Monday, August 26th, 2013NEW FREE LESSON
I just posted a new FREE lesson on my Lessons Page on Facebook. The lesson is my favourite warm-up exercise. Click the link to find it and don't forget to like my page and share the link while you are there.
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013fastest drummer?!
... Concerning the "need for speed" - Why is it the goal of many musicians to play as fast as possible? Do we try to talk as fast as possible during a conversation? And if so, are the people we are talking to likely to understand what we are saying? Music is a form of communication. Musicians, as a healthy alternative, why don't we focus on trying to "speak" as clearly and concisely as possible?
Thursday, July 18th, 2013COLOMBIA!
I'm excited to head back to Colombia for two gigs with Alex Cuba tomorrow. We were there this past December and had a great time. Check my "GIGS" section for more details on the gigs.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013Mi primer video en Español
¡Sí, estoy muy argulloso de presentar mi primer video en Español.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013Best Drums on Earth!
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013From Germany
Amazing moment from our gig in Berlin last weekend (Alex Cuba at BelaSound) make sure to watch until the end!
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013SIGNED ON WITH PAISTE CYMBALS
I am proud to announce that I am now officially a Paiste Cymbal Artist! For me Paiste is making the most consistent, and most amazing sounding cymbals available today. Every time I play my Dark Energy Mark I cymbals, and I so in love and inspired by the sound, and without fail, at EVERY gig that I play these cymbals, I get many compliments from drummers, other musicians, and even non-musicians about how great they sound! I love them! And am so happy to sign on with these guys! They also have amazingly diverse lines of cymbals to fit ANY style of music, and you can hear great audio samples on their website. Check it out!
Friday, May 31st, 2013Happy Birthday John Bonham!
Happy Birthday John Bonham! You created this amazing groove, MANY others copied it, some even had their names attached to it (Pocaro, Purdie), here is my version!
*You can also find my lesson on this in the latest issue of Canadian Musician Magazine
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013Playing at Lula Lounge!
I am looking forward to playing with my Trio during the Toronto Jazz Festival, and especially at Lula Lounge! JUne 28th 8-9 pm. See you there!
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013subscribe to my youtube channel!
Sunday, May 12th, 2013Zebrina
great article on a band that I play in, and that have some very exciting news. Check it out!
Friday, May 3rd, 2013Toronto Jazz Festival gig
I 'm looking forward to play at Lula Lounge with my trio, during the Toronto Jazz festival. I hope to see you there!
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY!
Happy International Jazz Day! Here is a tune for you from the best selling jazz album of all time
Sunday, April 28th, 2013Audio Sample from Friday's gig
Here is an audio sample fro my gig with the group "Rubix" recorded live at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, this past Friday. The band is VERY fun to play with!
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013NEW LESSON VIDEO!
Another new lesson video for you. "A Natural Evolution to Development" - in four steps.
Check it out, and don't forget to "like" my video, subscribe to my channel and leave a comment!
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013Starting another tour!
Hey, so I am super excited to be starting another tour with Alex Cuba today! I am also excited to try out the new Level 360 Evans technology. I've had a set of the heads in my possession for a few days now, but have been to busy to try them out. I am only touring with my own snare ( as far as drums go ) but I have a new Level 360 HD Dry head to put on the snare tonight. I can't wait to try it! Click the link to see the tour dates, and if you are near any of the places, please come say hi!
Friday, March 1st, 2013Some shaker and drums in 7/8
from my gig a couple of days, ENJOY!
Monday, January 28th, 2013NEW LESSON VIDEO!
Half-time shuffle with a twist. I've had lot's of great response on my latest lesson video already. Check it out!
Monday, January 21st, 2013Left foot clave in 7/4 !?
I just found this video of my band from a few years ago. FUN times!
Friday, January 11th, 2013recording of my gig last Friday
GOOD MORNING! Here is the recording of a few tunes from my gig with Zebrina last Friday. Very fun to with these guys, and I love the "tools" I was using too!
Yamaha Drums Evans Drumheads Paiste Cymbals Headhunter Drumsticks
Saturday, January 5th, 2013New Lesson videos coming soon!
I've got some ideas for a NEW video lesson series. Coming soon! In the meantime, have you seen this?
Friday, December 21st, 2012Looking back at 2012
WOW! What a great year of music. Here is a video from first gig of 2012. Filmed in Chile
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012Funky Latin Jazz in 11/4
Yep, it's another new ¡MAX CAM! video, and it's been getting alot of attention since I posted it a few days ago. There have been some requests for a video lesson to explain some of what I am playing in it. I may in fact do that! What you like to see that? Let me know, and I will make it happen.
Thursday, December 13th, 2012First appearance in a drum magazine!
Hey, I am very proud and excited to be included in the Yamaha Drums ad in the latest issue (Dec 2012/Jan2013) of DrumsEtc Magazine. Check out this amazing magazine, and be sure to look at page 22, I am joined by some pretty impressive company!
Monday, December 3rd, 2012Headhunter drumsticks!
I am proud to endorse these amazing Canadian drumsticks. I've been playing them for more than 20 years for a reason!
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012NEW MAX CAM VIDEO
Thursday, August 30th, 2012Video from L.A.
Here is a little video from a recent gig at the Santa Monica Pier. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012Fresh off the press!
Monday, June 18th, 2012New video/New FREE lesson up
Yes! there is a new FREE Lesson up, along with info on a Special Deal I am offering for anybody who rides their bicycle to my house for their lesson. A new ¡MAX CAM! video uploaded this morning as well, it's a drum solo! Thank- you very much for visiting my website.
Monday, June 11th, 2012LIVE RADIO BROADCAST
I'm REALLY looking forward to playing with Gord Sheard on a live broadcast on Jazz FM this Thursday. Great band (John Johnson, Kevin Turcotte, Colin Barrett) and fantastic music. Tune in, or listen online!
Saturday, June 9th, 2012Another Video!
More Max Cam! I'm proud and honored to play with these KILLER musicians!
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012BRAND NEW MAX CAM VIDEO!
Thursday, May 17th, 2012NEWLY RELEASED
Here is a newly released video from a session I did with Alex Cuba at CBC Montreal studios back in March of this year. I am really proud to have been part of this!
TARGET="_blank">CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO
Monday, March 12th, 2012Happy Monday!
Anybody needing a "Max Senitt drumming in 7/4" fix, here is a brand new video for you!
Friday, March 9th, 2012a taste from my gig last Friday
here is a little video from the gig with my band last Friday. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012crazy groove!
So I came up with this crazy groove! Note: this is not THE video lesson that I have been working on, that, is coming very soon. In the meantime, check this out!
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011SORRY - it's been so long!
Yes, I am so sorry that it has been so long since I have updated this section, but it was my busiest month and a half of the whole year! We successfully completed the Alex Cuba November tour, 17 shows in 20 days. Many sold-out shows, fantastic audiences all over, and I met so many great people. I didn't make any "MAX CAM" videos from the tour, except for this funny one from a soundcheck.
Immediately after the tour ended, I went straight home and into intense rehearsals for this crazy multi-media show called "Tumbling Into Light" that I did at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto.
TARGET="_blank">Here is a little video about that show
AND THEN... Yes, and then without a day off from all of that, I went back to the Alex Cuba world, we rehearsed, recorded a live DVD in a secluded recording studio inside a barn in front of about 50 contest winners.
TARGET="_blank">Here are some stills from the DVD Shoot from an awesome photographer named Chelsea Brooke Roisum ... and if that was not enough, the following day we did a video session with special guest Jim Cuddy for CBC. I believe it will be aired/online in March.
One day off and then, a gig with my band "Max Senitt Y Sus Amigos" at the Gate 403 with my band. I am still working on editing the audio recording from that, but you can expect me to be posting me some of that soon. As the rest of December has been dwindling down, I managed to sneak in a few more Jazz gigs around town, including a special last gig at Tinto Coffee House.
TARGET="_blank">Here is some audio from that gig
and a nice Tranzac hit with Zebrina. No audio or video from that gig up yet, but I finally posted a little video from our October gig. It features more One-Handed Triangle!
TARGET="_blank">CHECK IT OUT!
I am SUPER excited with talks of Zebrina recording a new album. Many more exciting things rolling in for the New Year, keep checking back here. Please keep in touch in one way or another, and I hope to see you around soon!
Monday, October 31st, 2011Drum (geek) Gear/Hitting the road
So, I am preparing to hit the road with Alex Cuba tomorrow. I just put a new Evans G Plus head on my snare. I hadn't tried this particular model yet. I LOVE IT! I have been trying out different sounds lately. I began using Evans heads a few years when I fell in love with the Genera HD DRY head. If you don't know, this is a very thick, and as the name says, "DRY" head (it has 2 7.5mil layers, plus a 2mil overtone ring, and small vents around the edge of the drum, "DRY!"). Just recently, I decided to try something completely different, and different it was! I tried a G1 coated. This is very thin single ply (10mil) head. It was very open, and responsive (especially to ghost notes), I really enjoyed playing it, and will definately use it again. Now, as I mentioned, I am hitting the road, for 17 shows (in 20 days!) in fact. Even though I never break heads, I was thinking that I should probably add a little bit more "beef" to my snare for the tour. The G Plus is the perfect continuum in my gear trying journey! A single ply head, but a little thicker (one 12mil layer). PERFECT! Anyways, we will be touring western Canada, check TARGET="_blank">Alex Cuba Website
to see if we are coming to your town, and I hope to meet you in person.
Sunday, October 30th, 2011Mascot Duo Residency comes to a close!
Yes, we did it! It was a great pleasure to play with all of those amazing musicians. I am still working at editing the 3rd week's multi-track recording, and I have a lot more video and audio to eventually post from each week. There were some really magical moments throughout the month! In the meantime, here is an Audio treat from the last week.
TARGET="_blank">CLICK HERE TO HEAR IT
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011One more week left!
Just one more week left for the TARGET="_blank">Tinto Coffee House residency before I hit the road for 3 weeks with TARGET="_blank">Alex Cuba. Last week with special guest Dustin Shaskin was great. I didn't take any video, but I did rent an 8 channel audio interface and record audio in multitrack! I am new to this kind of thing, but it is amazing, please be patient as I spend some time to mix the recording a little. I WILL post some soon. In the meantime, here is another MAX CAM video from the second week, and I hope to see you this coming Wednesday for the last one.
TARGET="_blank">Stella By Starlight Video from week # 2
Monday, October 17th, 20112 more weeks ONLY
Two more weeks left! Yes, that is right. The Mascots Duo (Max Senitt and Scott Metcalfe), plus special guests are playing every Wednesday in October at Tinto Coffee House. The first 2 weeks have been great. We started with a tribute to the music of Wayne Shorter, and had bassist Jon Meyer join us for the first week. Here is a video from that night.
The second week, we played some music by Scott Metcalfe, and our second guest, bassist Scott Kemp, and repeated a few Wayne Shorter tunes too. Here is a video of Scott Kemp's tune "Traits".
Here is the line-up for the remaining 2 weeks:
Oct 19th - Bassist, Dustin Shaskin, featuring music composed by Dustin for his group The cafe Ole
Oct 26th - Guitarist, Jacek Karlowski, featuring music composed by Jacek
Each show is from 7-9pm. There is no cover charge at Tinto Coffee House, but there is alot more than just great coffee, they also have BEER, and WINE, and AMAZING FOOD!
Saturday, October 15th, 2011The Fun continues!
So we had another fun gig, on the second of four Mascots Duo gigs this month. The special guest this week was bassist Scott Kemp, and here is a video of us playing one of his very nice tunes. Two more weeks left. More video to come! Also, I had a great gig with my band "Max Senitt Y Sus Amigos" and the Gate 403 last night. I didn't shoot any video, but I recorded audio with my Zoom H2, and I will post some of that soon. Don't worry I will let you know when I post it! Until then, enjoy the video and please feel free to TARGET="_blank">SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Saturday, October 8th, 2011Video from the first of 4 weeks at Tinto
Here is a sample from week one of the Mascots Duo month long residency at Tinto Coffee House, this coming week we will have special guest master bassist, Scott Kemp. We will play some of Scott's tunes, some of Scott Metcalfe's tunes, and due to popular demand we will repeat a couple Wayne Shorter tunes, because they are just SO good, and fun to play!
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011...AND THEY'RE BACK!!!!
That's right! The return of the Mascots Duo (Scott Metcalfe on keys and Max Senitt on drums and assorted percussion), and we are coming back strong, with 4 back to back weekly shows featuring a different special guest and theme each week.
The line-up of the guests is as follows:
Oct 5th - Bassist, Jon Meyer, featuring the music of Wayne Shorter!
Oct 12th - Bassist, Scott Kemp, featuring music composed by Mr. Kemp
Oct 19th - Bassist, Dustin Shaskin, featuring music composed by Dustin for his group The cafe Ole
Oct 26th - Guitarist, Jacek Karlowski, featuring music composed by Jacek
Each show is from 7-9pm. There is no cover charge at Tinto Coffee House, but there is alot more than just great coffee, they also have BEER, and WINE, and AMAZING FOOD!
Saturday, October 1st, 20112 NEW MAX CAM VIDEOS!
2 New MAX CAM videos, from Latin Jazz gigs, one from last night, and one from last Saturday. ENJOY!
Cruzao Latin Jazz Trio
and a drum solo from my gig with the Latin Jazz group "Arecibo"
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011My review of Dusan Milenkovic's "The Magnificent 7" drum book
Dusan Milenkovic's "The Magnificent 7" is indeed nothing short of magnificent itself. So much more than "just a book of transcriptions", although it is a top notch one at that, the author and the solos themselves encourage and inspire you to build and develop your own unique musical vocabulary, while simultaneously strengthening your technical foundation on the drums.
Mr. Milenkovic has definitely done great deed here. Everything in this book, from cover to cover looks great, and is extremely well thought out. I suppose that I am slightly biased, as the book begins with one of my all time favorite drummers, Antonio Sanchez (Who my son is named after!), but I must admit, the choice of all the featured soloists is well thought out. While these guys are not the youngest on the current jazz scene, they are all definitely at the very top of the game. In the long tradition of jazz, I like to think of these players as the bridge between the older legends, and the youngest cats. They have both the experience that can come only with age, yet they are all still sounding as fresh as ever, with a constant flow of fresh ideas. I would personally like to applaud the inclusion of Mr. Eric Harland in the book. Eric is a drummer that people (who are not deep into modern jazz) may not know about, but has one of the freshest and unique sounds I have heard in awhile. It is also great that the author has included 2 different solos from each of the 7 featured drummers. This way we get to experience each artist in different settings, and with the included selected discographies we can easily research each player further.
One of the coolest things I found about this book, is that one of the featured solos of each artist (with the exception of Jeff Watts) is taken from a youtube video. With the complexities of the current state of modern jazz, to be able to watch and listen to each drummer is a great aid in putting each solo into perspective. Furthermore, even though studio jazz recordings are not as likely to be edited as say a modern pop record, besides being in the room, watching the band yourself, there is nothing more "REAL" than a live youtube clip, except maybe watching the TARGET="_blank">Small's Jazz Club live video feed!
In addition to the transcriptions, I also throughly enjoyed the text in the book. Milenkovic does a great job presenting each artist, giving us just enough information about each solo without over analyzing. Finally, the inclusion of some blank manuscript at the back of the book, while not a seemingly revolutionary idea, further stimulates the idea of "doing your own thing", and I believe that these days, with such an over abundance of information, we could all use as much inspiration to develop our own ideas as possible.
Please check out Dusan's website:
TARGET="_blank">Here is a link to see a sample of the book
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Monday, September 26th, 2011NEW AUDIO TRACK UP
Please check out the new audio track I just posted. It's a beautiful tune called "Inner Peace" in the LISTEN section. The track is from the band Zebrina, who I will have the privilege of playing with this coming Saturday. Check the GIGS section for more details about the gig and Zebrina.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011MAX CAM in Baden-Baden Germany
So, we did it! We returned to Baden-Baden, and we proceeded to rock the house COMPLETELY for the second year in a row. Here is a video from the first night. It's one of the most rocking tunes in the current Alex Cuba live repertoire, and it's called "Tierra Colora". Check back here soon for more video footage. The camera angle and sound was better the second night.
Thursday, September 15th, 2011IN GERMANY AGAIN!
Yes, that's right, I am very happy to be back in Germany for the forth time with Alex Cuba. We are playing at the
TARGET="_blank">Havana Lounge as part of the SWR3 New Pop Festival
We actually played the same festival almost exactly one year ago.
TARGET="_blank">Here is a video from last year
and look for more MAX CAM videos from our shows tomorrow and the next day coming soon!
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011Alex Cuba's first trip to South America
Yes, I am very proud to have been part of Alex Cuba's first trip to South America! On August 26th, we played at the Telefonica Sonidos Latinos Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was an amazing experience! The concept of the festival is to pair "Latin" artists with Brazilian artists. The line-up of the festival was quite impressive, including Carlinhos Brown with Los Van Van! We (Alex Cuba) got paired with the very talented, up and coming Brazilian singer, Tulipa Ruiz. It was very fun to learn her songs and also hear her sing some of Alex's songs.
TARGET="_blank"> Here is a video of our rehearsal with her.
TARGET="_blank">And here is a video from sound check featuring a drum solo by Samuel Formell of Los Van Van!
There was a really nice review of our show in the Rolling Stone Magazine Brazil
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Saturday, August 20th, 2011good times in Vail Colorado
yet another MAX CAM video! Alex Cuba at the Vail Colorado Soul Music Festival 2011
Monday, August 15th, 2011not just the MAX CAM!
Not just the MAX CAM, it's actually the whole band this time. Here is a video from a gig we did in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada this past Saturday afternoon, ENJOY!
Sunday, August 14th, 2011Great review of my band!
Here is a really nice review of my band's gig last Saturday night at Gate 403
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Sunday, July 24th, 2011"MAX CAM" - NEW VIDEOS
Friday, July 15th, 2011Ottawa Blues Fest/New Video
Hey, so I am in Ottawa playing Blues Fest with Alex Cuba tomorrow. I am excited! I have never played at or even been to this festival before, but I have heard that it is pretty awesome! Anyways, I will have my Zoom Q3HD with me tomorrow, and hopefully get a good video of the gig. I did a gig a month ago with the band Four80East and the video turned out nice. I just uploaded another clip from that gig, check it out!
Sunday, July 10th, 2011New Drum Solo video up!
Hey, I just posted another video on my youtube channel. This is a drum solo I did on the tune Afro Blue from my gig with Ruben Vazquez Trio at Latinada in Toronto on June 26th 2011 Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011JAMMING WITH ALAIN PEREZ
Last week was the Toronto Jazz Festival. It was a busy and fun week. One of the highlights would definitely have to be jamming with Alain Perez, bassit for Paco De Lucia. I was playing with my friend Ruben Vazquez at Latinada restaurant in Toronto, the bassist playing with Ruben was Juan Pablo Dominguez, and Juan Pablo is good friends with Alain, who was in town to play with Paco for the Jazz Festival. SO! Alain stopped into out gig, and sat it. He is a very nice and down to earth person, his playing on the other hand, is out of this world! Here is a little video for you to sample some of what went down. ENJOY!!!
Monday, July 4th, 2011Combining shaker and drumset
I have been developing the concept of playing shaker and drum-set while playing with Alex Cuba over the last couple of years. I really enjoy this fun and practical combination, and have been starting to use it on many other gigs as well. With only one hand available to play the drums, the limitations can be challenging, however, sometimes when we are limited in one area, interesting things can happen in others.
The songs is called "Come with me" by Tania Maria, and the video is from a gig I did with my friend Ruben Vazquez on June 26 2011 at Latinada in Toronto, Canada.
Ruben Vazquez - piano
Juan Pablo Dominguez - bass
Valeria Matzner - Vocals
Saturday, June 11th, 2011Playing with Four80East
I had a fun gig with Four80East in Windsor Ontario. Here is a video from that gig. Enjoy!
Friday, May 20th, 2011Fooling around with my new " ONE HANDED TRIANGLE"
Doug Hindrichs invented this VERY cool "One Handed Triangle", and I finally got one! I am still working on the open and closed sounds while playing the drumset at the same time, but I 've got to say. This is one of the best new contributions to drumming in awhile. Thanks Doug! Here is a link to see my video:
Sunday, May 15th, 2011New youtube video of Alex Cuba live in P.R. up!
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 "A LESSON IN TIMING AND WHATEVER ELSE YOU MAKE OF IT " For all musicians, especially including drummers, by Max Senitt.
New FREE lesson in my "LESSONS" section. Check it out!
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011I FEEL AWESOME!
I FEEL AWESOME! My shoulder was hurting a bit, but after a visit to my friend "magical" Carol, I am cured and then some! Check her out, she ROCKS!
- I met Carol about 6 or 7 years ago when she had a little shiatsu stand set up at a street festival in Parkdale (Toronto). My neck was quite sore that day, and I decided to try her out. WOW! She hit all the right spots, and was not shy about putting pressure
(I find way too many massage therapists, don't push hard enough!). I have been going to Carol ever since. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, whether you have problems OR NOT (prevention people)
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011Puerto Rico!
I just came back from 4 fun filled days in Puerto Rico, playing with Alex Cuba
CLICK HERE TO SEE A YOUTUBE VIDEO
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011PLAN C
I was at Tinto Coffee House (www.tinto.ca) this morning and REALLY enjoyed listening to a band that I used to play with on their in-house music system. The band is called Plan C, and it was great fun with great people! There is not alot of stuff about the band online anymore, but I just uploaded one of my favorite tracks "Estoy Contigo" in the "LISTEN" section. Check it out!
Monday, April 11th, 2011I am proud to join the ZOOM FX endorsement team. They are amazing!
I have been recording myself and others playing music with portable devices since 1986. I began with a small boom box recording on cassette, went through various portable cassette recorders, graduated to mini-disk, and then to Zoom products beginning with the H2, and now the Q3HD. What can I say? I LOVE IT! As a professional musician with a deep drive to constantly grow and develop my craft, the information I receive from watching/listening to performances that I have recorded is invaluable.
Sunday, April 10th, 2011Here is a really nice Review of my show with Alex Cuba at Glenn Gould Studio on April 9th
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011On tour with Alex Cuba
Hey, I just arrived in Germany. I am looking forward to start playing tomorrow!
March 17 2011 Cologne, Germany @ Kulturkirche, 08:00pm
March 18 2011 Berlin, Germany @ Cookies, 11:00pm
March 22 2011 Karlsrhue, Germany @ Jubez, 08:30pm
March 23 2011 Munich, Germany @ Ampere, 08:30pm
March 24 2011 London, UK @ Bush Hall, 07:00pm
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011Another new track up in the "Listen" section
I just posted a new track, it's a live recording from my gig with Zebrina at the Tranzac on March 5th. I am playing a hybrid kit of traditional drums mixed with percussion. It was alot of fun! Let me know what you think via one of the methods in the "Follow me/contact" section
Monday, March 7th, 2011Video from Alex Cuba in Miami
I had a great gig with Alex Cuba at the carnaval on the Mile in Miami on Sunday, here is a video somebody took
Friday, March 4th, 2011NEW AUDIO!
just posted some audio from my gig last night. Go to the Listen section, It's called "Max and Scott make up a tune part 2"