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Drummers to square off at Van Dyck

The Van Dyck Drum Battle on Friday will feature Michael Benedict, left, Mark Foster, Bob Halek and Pete Sweeney performing with Benedict’s regular group, Bopitude. The drummers will square off against each other in pairs and three at a time, with the finale featuring all four drummers onstage.
Photographer: Andre Pilarczyk
The Van Dyck Drum Battle on Friday will feature Michael Benedict, left, Mark Foster, Bob Halek and Pete Sweeney performing with Benedict’s regular group, Bopitude. The drummers will square off against each other in pairs and three at a time, with the finale featuring all four drummers onstage.
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In jazz music, the “battle,” where two or more players of the same instrument are featured together in a band, is a long-running tradition — from the Gretsch Drum Nights at New York City’s famed Birdland club in the ’50s and ’60s, to the ’50s sessions of trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge. On the Capital Region’s jazz scene however, organized battles haven’t really been attempted before. A couple of months ago, local drummer and ...

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