The May issue of Hot House includes my profile of drummer Quincy Davis, who performs with his quintet May 20-21 at Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village (see p. 17).
I asked Quincy about the positives and negatives of the pandemic on him musically. In other words, how did he make the most of a bad situation?
“Similar to a lot of people, it allowed me to breathe and relax. At first you're panicked, then you say, 'OK, this is a chance to reassess and reset,” he said. “I started to write more. Because I had no gigs, it made less motivating to practice.
“I also picked up my social media game. I came up with an idea to be on there if I can do something educational that can help people. I came up with this series 'Drummer to Drummer.' I interviewed 50 different drummers. One a week. That kept me pretty busy.” (He also started a YouTube channel called “Jazz Drummer Q-Tip of the Week” that features his educational drum-set lessons.)“It was an opportunity to upgrade (software, cameras, lighting, video editing skills) and learn new things. I am grateful for that time, but it is nice to be back in a normal groove.”
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