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Meet Hannah Ford

"Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Hannah had the privilege of studying with some of the world's greatest drummers and teachers, including Diane Downs, Louie Bellson, Ruben Alvarez, Jerry Steinholtz and Ndugu Chancler," Drummerworld reports.

"After moving to Chicago when she was 12, Hannah took advantage of new opportunities to study and perform with mentors such as Peter Erskine, Stanton Moore, Danny Seraphine and Johnny Rabb . . .

"Following high school, Hannah accepted a scholarship to attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she continued her studies with multiple Grammy winner, Paul Wertico.

"Hannah credits college with helping to expand her knowledge of music and allowing her to become a better, more versatile musician. At the same time she was playing in the school orchestral, percussion and jazz ensembles, Hannah was also fortunate to work with major touring musicians like Ignacio Berroa, Wynton Marsalis, Butch Miles, Jeff Berlin and others.

"Now, with college behind her, Hannah maintains a calendar full of live and studio sessions for top pros as well as her own projects, Pandorum, The Hannah Ford Band - and her new rock band Bellevue Suite - yet still manages to find time to do a bit of writing and teaching."

Ford stopped by Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago recently. Here's a look-see.


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"In 2006, Hannah won the Louie Bellson Heritage Days Drum Competition (the only female to ever do so) and the Outstanding Jazz Musician award at the New Trier Jazz Festival in Chicago," Drummer Cafe reports.

"In 2007 she was once again recognized with an Outstanding Musician award at the annual Jazz in the Meadows Festival in Chicago, as well as being voted Best Drummer/Musician two years in a row (2007/2008) in Suburban Nitelife Magazine's Best of the Burbs readers poll.

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The Shure Interview:

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Chicago Drum Circle Interview:

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Playing Skrillex.

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See also: Hannah Ford Drums.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on August 23, 2012


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