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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.

Lee performing at the Retreat

Lee’s interview with Jake Feinberg

Harmonic Conversations with Lee Oskar

Here is the first in a fun, informative series of “harmonic conversations” with harmonica virtuoso and manufacturer Lee Oskar, created by Playing for Change for all to enjoy. In this short video, Lee notes that anyone can play the harmonica. Using a C Major Diatonic harmonica to demonstrate, Lee shows how when you blow into that harp, you get a C chord and when you draw in breath, you get a G chord (G7), resulting in a great sound from the get-go!
In this second episode, Lee demonstrates playing a G chord by using a draw on a C Major Diatonic harmonica (2nd position or cross-harp) and shows us how to make the harmonica sound just like an oncoming train. Watch for more videos in this Harmonic Conversations series.

Ahoulaguine Akaline

Lee is proud to be featured playing harmonica in this PFC "Songs Around the World" video, "Ahoulaguine Akaline." The title of this song translates to “I greet my country” and it was written by the great guitar player, Bombino, about his home in Niger after he spent years in exile. Extremists and the leaders of the country tried to ban the guitar as a symbol of the rebellion. Bombino once said, “I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather as a hammer with which to help build the house of the Tuareg people.” The unity of musicians around the world playing on this song is a statement that music is part of the foundation from which we rebuild our humanity and our world together.


Concert for Peace
Featuring Michael Pickett, Lee Oskar & More
Sunday, September, 2 2018
Crystal Beach, ON - CANADA

Playing For Change Day!
Saturday, September, 15 2018

Lee Oskar & Friends at BAKE'S PLACE
Saturday, September, 22nd 2018
Bellevue, WA
2x SHOWS! 7pm & 9:45pm
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise 2019
LowRider Band Featuring The Originals – Lee Oskar, Howard Scott & Harold Brown
Sunday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 10th 2019

Lee Oskar Harmonicas is a proud supporter of these amazing organizations!

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