Warren Benbow’s new book ‘A Drummer’s Story’ chronicles the life of a young musician just out of The High School of Performing Arts in New York City. His story recounts the changing world of jazz in the 1970s amongst the racial and political shift in America. Warren’s coming of age memoir features his adventures with legendary musicians such as Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Betty Carter, James ‘Blood’ Ulmer and how they influenced his musicianship.
Rob Wallis- Hudson Music – Pres. Drum Guru App – Founder
“A Drummer’s Story is a walk through Bed Stuy., and Brooklyn in the 60’s and 70’s, and on to the High School of Music & Arts in NYC. Through his gigs with Nina Simone, Betty Carter and Sonny Sharrock, Warren covers the NYC music scene from The Apollo, The Fillmore East and Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and everything in between. Warren has touched on a huge variety of the music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – from the civil rights movement, the assignations of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King into john Lennon, the summer of love and Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled banner at Woodstock. A lover of music from James Brown and Aretha to Miles Davis, The Beatles and Ringo to drummers Art Blakey and John Bonham. Warren covers his life thru the streets and thru the music….”
An American jazz fusiondrummer best known for being the drummer of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever. White has been described as “one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion” ” Warren Benbow’s words give you a literary landscape of the most influential musical periods of the style of Jazz in the last century. He’s lived in it and continues to live an eventful life”.
Warren Smith- Jazz, and classical percussionist, and educator.
“I was privileged to read Warren Benbow’s book. I have known Warren, it seems, for most of his professional career. His narrative is quite interesting, especially to another musician, as well as a fellow percussionist. Seeing similar or shared experiences thru the eyes of another musician is always an interesting adventure. Warren’s story is reminiscent of my own early years in New York City. This book chronicles the constant evolution of the music world thru the last few decades. Warren tells of the influence of technology upon the music, as well as the ever-changing styles and developments of the innovators, musicians and composers who most influenced the direction of African-American Music during the 20th and early 21st centuries. His breadth of experiences, and the way he uses them to navigate a successful career, is a must read for young musicians. I am sure that anyone who starts this book will find it hard to put down, from cover to cover. Great job Warren. We need more active musicians to tell this story from the inside…”