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I met Al Velasquez, Jr. at a concert/ improvisational performance by Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto in Whittier, CA in January of 2010. All that talent and Terry’s monstrous drum kit barely fit up on that stage!
Al has been giving my friend’s son drum lessons for years. He brought along some of his students and Dean Zimmer. I had seen Dean play almost 20 years ago in Ventura at a Battle of the Bands. I just remembered that’s actually one of the first concert reviews I ever wrote. There were always great stories around town of the “Woodland Hills Drum Club”, of which he was a member.
Anyhow, I ended up getting to know Dean and Al that evening and we got to hang out backstage after the show. In additional to Al and Dean, there were many other incredible musicians in attendance. Being…
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