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Limited Edition Blue Drum Unveiled at NAMM

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Blue Drums® in conjunction with Miles Davis Properties, LLC unveiled a limited-edition snare drum at the Vic Firth booth during the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention last Saturday in Anaheim. Only fifty (50) Kind of Blue (KOB) 50th Anniversary snare drums are being produced by Blue Drums® in association with Miles Davis Properties, LLC.

Blue Drums® is a company of musicians that have worked with, interacted with, and been touched profoundly by their teacher and mentor, Miles D. Davis. It's a group of artists recognized by their contemporaries in their artistic accomplishment as well as in the instruments they choose to express their musical message. What better way to pay homage to Miles Davis than for the fraternity of his former drummers to collaborate together to make this commemorative "Kind of Blue" Snare Drum.

Legendary session drummer James Gadson, who has recorded with diverse artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Paul McCartney and Beck, was presented with the third drum of the series at the unveiling.

The first drum was presented to drummer Jimmy Cobb, the sole surviving member of the legendary Kind of Blue sessions. The second drum was presented to drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr., the nephew of Miles Davis. The fourth drum will be presented to LAist tonight in our dreams.

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