Playing in the Pocket with Lee Oskar at the Billy Cobham Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat
Lee is known around the world for bringing people together with his feel-good, uplifting music, so the magic that filled the Mesa Arts Center recently at the 3rd Annual Billy Cobham Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat was pure, quintessential Lee Oskar.
In the words of one participating bass player, “Lee is an instigator of the collective. He unifies people with his music in an original and incredible way!”
Much to the delight of three dozen rhythm section musicians from all over the USA, the UK and South America, Lee recently served as a special guest coach at Billy Cobham’s immersive learning Retreat, focusing on playing pocket grooves in his coaching role. Lee shared his musical ideas and insights with appreciative musicians, who included music educators, advanced students, semi-pros, working professionals and lifelong musical explorers.
Lee performed and co-coached with jazz fusion pioneer Billy Cobham (drums); Fareed Haque (guitar); Paul Hanson (bassoon, sax); Scott Tibbs (keys) and Tim Landers (bass), and Dom Famularo (moderator). Each of the Retreat’s participants eagerly took turns playing Lee’s compositions, “BLT” and “LowRider”, which had everyone grooving on stage and dancing on tables in a thrilling all-day jam!
Inspired by Lee’s expert coaching and lifelong example, the energized group of drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and wind players surely found their pocket groove. Check out these videos to get a taste of this enriching experience.