An Intimate Evening & Drum Masterclass with Ralph Rolle (Chic)

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Drum Clinic – Q&A – Live performance – Banter – Live Jam Session.

Ralph is best known as Chic’s drummer (yes, that’s him singing Let’s Dance!) but he has also played with Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, John Legend, Elvis Costello, Smokey Robinson & many more. Tonight sees this legend of the sticks take to the stage for an intimate night incorporating a drum clinic, stories from Ralphs incredible musical journey, some songs, a Q&A and to finish up, a live jam session with some of Dublin’s top funk musicians.

Ralph Rolle is a drummer from The Bronx New York (Bronx River Projects). As far back as he can remember he has always marched to the beat of a different drum. He has been playing professionally since the age of 18 and It is no surprise that with more than 3 decades of professional experience, within the music industry, he enjoys an illustrious career as a much sought after drummer and producer.

His performance and recording list include Nile Rodgers and Chic (for which he is best known), Sting, Bono, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Slash, Eric Benet, Erykah Badu, Toshinobu Kubota, D’Angelo, John Legend, Paul Simon, India Arie, Elvis Costello, Smokey Robinson, Slash, Mickey Dolenz and many more. Ralph also appeared in the Lady Gaga, David Bowie Tribute in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in 2016. N.Y.U invited Ralph to be guest speaker to classes of graduating students where he utilized his lesser known talent as a motivational speaker. The drum clinics that he delivers are sessions in music and life, which attract not only drummers but all types of musicians, singers and those who are interested in growing in a positive way. He has also delivered masterclasses in his craft as well as being L.A .Reid’s personal drum coach. In the last three months, he has delivered drum clinics in Japan, New York and Dublin as well as delivering an incredible solo performance at the Electric Picnic.

For 14 seasons, Ralph was the Drummer for NBC’s “It’s Showtime at The Apollo” with Ray Chew & The Crew and have also played on “The David Letterman Show”. In 1990 he founded Phat Kat Productions, Inc., a music production company. For more than 18 years, Phat Kat Productions has produced and arranged both orchestral and vocal musical segments for commercials such as Nike, Burger King, Miller Genuine Draft, and Dark & Lovely. Movie soundtracks credits include: Beat Street Soundtrack, Love Jones Soundtrack, On the Ropes Sound Track (nominated for an Academy Award), Going In Style (coming in 2017). Ralph was a band member in the recent remake of the movie, Annie Ralph also owns a highly successful bakery business which operates in New York and Tokyo, called The Soul Snacks Cookie Company. His desire is to motivate and inspire others to pursue and to live their dreams

Drum Clinic – Q&A – Live performance – Banter – Live Jam Session.

Video of Ralph at Electric Picnic 2016: https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=0s_aymbOswI

@The Grand Social, Dublin 2.

 

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