THE LATEST SCOOP

THE LATEST SCOOP

FEATURE ARTICLE ABOUT SAM IN MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE

Veteran music and audio writer Ken Micallef interviewed Sam for the September 2011 issue of Modern Drummer.  Check out the “What Do You Know About” feature story on pages 90-91. 

In the article Sam expounds on his disdain for traditional drum rudiments, his secret to career success for young drummers, and his own longevity in the music business.  There is lots of bio material on Sam and interesting stories about his fitness routines and his optimistic life philosophy.  The issue sold out its 130,000 copies - the first time in Modern Drummer history!  click here to read the whole article.


Subscribe to Modern Drummer by clicking here:

http://moderndrummer.com

SAM’S WEBSITE WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD!


From hundreds of entries from all over the world, www.samulano.com won a bronze award from Horizon Interactive Awards, a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers!


A panel of industry professionals with diverse multi-media, graphic design and marketing backgrounds reviewed the entries and awarded the designers.  Sam’s webdesigner Katherine Mierzwa and website producer Patrushkha Mierzwa were elated to be honored this way.  Sam is over the moon!  Through the website he’s been able to talk to people all over the world - forrner students as well as new admirers.  He says his website “has more action than any TV show.”

STANDING ROOM-ONLY AUDIENCE

AT SAM ASH MUSIC STORE


Sam gave a drum clinic at Sam Ash’s Manhattan Music Store on July 10th 2012 to a large crowd of fans and former students.   After  his drum instruction, he played some standards, accompanied by keyboardist Les Kurtz, saxophonist Tom Olin and vocalists Michelle Zelkin and Diana Nikolos.  Check out the youtube video and  read the blogs by Gretsch:


http://blog.gretsch.com/gretsch-helps-celebrate-sam-ulano’s-birthday/2012/07/


http://www.gretschdrums.com/?fa=news_article&art=1771&showPress=showFeatures&type=2








Sam broke his left femur bone in August 2012, had reconstructive surgery that went well, and is on the road to recovery!  He is taking some baby steps and going into rehab for 3 weeks.  This photo shows him in his hopsital bed practicing on a drum pad, keeping up his skills!  He wants everyone to know that he's alright and still drummin' !  "You can't keep a good man down,”  he says  “because he can always get himself back up.”

SAM SIDELINED FOR A WHILE

INTERVIEW WITH SAM

FOR NAMM’S ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

On November 14th, Dan Del Fiorentino, the National Association of Music Merchants’ historian, interviewed Sam in rehab for NAMM’s oral history program.  NAMM promotes music-making to people of all ages through their trade shows and projects and they have been collecting great stories and taped interviews from music industry leaders , songwriters and muscians since 2000 - to date they’ve recorded almost 2000 oral histories!  Learn more at:  http://www.namm.org/library


You can view a 3-minute clip of Sam’s interview by clicking the link below:

http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/sam-ulano

BACK IN THE BIG APPLE!

A very-much-improved Sam came back to his NYC apartment at the beginning of the year.  He’s so happy to be rehabbed from his femur surgery (see below) and working with his students again - the first week he was back he gave 20 lessons!  He’s writing a series of new books on syncopation in 2/4-12/4th time signatures, exercising, practicing his drumming, and giving out his CD on positive thinking (just send him your name and address and 5$ for shipping and he’ll give you one, too!).  He’d love to hear from his fans and former  colleagues and students.

SAM INTERVIEW IN NYC JAZZ RECORD

SAM’S 93RD BIRTHDAY BASH ON AUGUST 11TH

NYC’s only home-grown jazz news gazette, The NYC Jazz Record,

interviewed Sam for their August 2013 issue. 


You can download the latest issue on their website,

http://nycjazzrecord.com

or click here to read Sam’s interview with DJ/journalist Kurt Gottschalk.

Sam’s hosted over 200 friends, family, students and fans at his 93rd birthday party, filling the house at The Cutting Room, Manhattan’s exciting live music club.  From 2:30 - 5:30 on the gorgeous Sunday afternoon Sam and his trio partners played drums with drum world notables, friends, colleagues  and some of his students. 

Others sang or danced, and reps from Modern Drummer and The New York City Jazz Record were there.  The room was filled with love and everyone had a great time celebrating Sam and his spirit and passion for music.  Click here to see some fun photos.

HIS BEAT JUST STOPPED


Sam had just finished writing a series of drum books on cut time - an essential drumming skill that no on else had ever written about, he completed hours of interviews for the upcoming film documentary about the PIL riot show in 1981,  and he was enthusiastically teaching 20-30 students a week.


Sam was in the hospital recovering from pneumonia in late December 2013 - where he was visited by friends, family and students - and was in great spirits, joking with everyone who came by.  On New Year’s Day 2014 he suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep and passed peacefully on January 2nd. 


He leaves behind a jam-packed legacy, thousands of students, countless colleagues and a wide circle of family and friends.

Memorial service plans will be announced at a later date, most likely in the spring.  Watch this site for details and dates.  Or write markulano@aol.com to be notified.