Monday, May 12, 2008
'Cause I could play these here drums*
Jack Gilfoy passed away last week. If you're in any part of the industry you probably know who Jack was. If not, here's just a few of the gigs he had:
Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey
The Four Preps
Sonny & Sher
The Wright Brothers
... and almost every major symphony in the world.
So while you may not have heard of Jack Gilfoy, you've heard him.
On a personal note; I got my studio start at what had been Gilfoy Studios and I was lucky enough to work with Jack over the years on 5 sessions and a few live gigs. In addition to being a 'drummist', (Jack's term), he was also a great engineer and an incredible teacher. From trap sets to tympani, from faders to tape, Jack was the consummate professional and a most gracious and caring teacher.
p.s. He was funny too!
* Apologies to SteveAudio for borrowing his 'Cause I can play' theme, but I'm thinking he gets it.