|Sonor Star 1957|
Originally this set belonged to Kenny Clarke.
When Jojo Mayer was 12 years old, his parents bought him this set.
Jojo had already played at the Cegleder ‘Drummer Gala‘ in the years 1993 and 1995 and had also noticed the beginning of this museum in the car garage of my parents. In 2008, when we invited for the 14th Gala, er was so surprised about the enhanced exhibition, that he offered his first serious drumkit of his life to the museum. My friend Gábor Varga then helped me by picking up the set from Jojo's parents‘ home in Zurich.
Here is a small story:
At that time my parents bought this set in the shop, where Kenny has sold the set before. I personally have met Kenny only many years later, when he (only a few years before he died) played in Switzerland together with Jimmy Woode, who was the long lasting bassist of Duke Ellington. Jimmy and my father, who is a bassist as well, were friends and Jimmy had engaged me from time to time, when I was a teenager. Jimmy lived in Zurich at that time. My father again knew Kenny from previous times, when he played in his early years together with Kenny, in the 50s. When Kenny was in Zurich, Jimmy invited my family and Kenny, too, to his home for a dinner and he was doing his own cooking. It would take too long to tell everything – but it was an unforgettable evening. We talked about life, love, music, politics, business etc. and Kenny told me a lot about his life. It became a long party, which endet finally at the break of dawn. I will treasure always how he told me, that he is a Capricorn in the signs of the zodiac. And Capricorns are all by themselves and often have to fight and manage hard. So Kenny was one of the most important pioneers in Jazz drumming and a pathfinder of (Be)Bop, because he was the first to switch the rhythmic main parts from the drums to the Ride cymbal. At that time that was a revolution. He spoke of difficulties and success he faced while being a pioneer and how he managed everything. That reassured me very much then - and still does it today, when I recall that. To succeed the drumset of Kenny was beautiful, but to get the attitude for a pioneering spirit from him was a great big gift.
Love to Sandor, too, and again many thanks,