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The Outback, Australia

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Will Calhoun - Life in This World
New Album: "Life in This World"
Hard-hitting Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun returns to his Jazz roots on Life In This World, which features Ron Carter, Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney, Marc Cary, Charnett Moffett, John Benitez, and Cheick Tidiane Seck.
Order from Amazon.com and iTunes

Visit the Life in This World Page

November 4, 2022

Will performs with Oumou Sangaré at the Apollo Theater

"We caught her long-delayed debut at the Apollo Theater on Oct. 29, and a free outdoor show in Providence, Rhode Island the next day, the final two shows of the tour. In both cases. Sangaré and her band delivered joy and ecstasy, delighting fans and wowing newcomers."

Read the review from Afropop Worldwide: Oumou Sangaré's Triumphant U.S. Return

May 13, 2022

Review of Will's "Native Lands" Album from The Riff

"To many of the older fans there for the Stones that day in '89, Living Colour was just noise, but many in my generation heard something more. Some of that more came from the band members' fluency in jazz, and Native Lands is a testament to those influences as well as an extension into new possibilities of sound."

Read the review on The Riff

April 30, 2022
Will Calhoun - Traces - Opening April 30, 2022 at MOMATH, the National Museum of Mathematics
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Will's Artwork in MOMATH gallery show, in NYC

Traces reveals the hidden patterns created as objects move through space: the pathways of birds in flight, the oars of a kayaker on a still lake, or even the drumsticks of a jazz percussionist. Sometimes periodic but always organized, the traces of these movements — revealed by the technologically savvy artists in this exhibit — are as intriguing as they are beautiful.

Take in the stunning visuals, explore the underlying mathematics of the artwork, and manipulate interactive exhibits to create your own unique light traces. Traces features the work of Xavi Bou, Will Calhoun, and Stephen Orlando.

View press release for this event

You may also attend a preview and reception with Will the previous day
on Friday, April 29 at 6 PM.

National Museum of Mathematics (MOMATH)
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: (212) 542-0566
e-mail: info@momath.org

Please visit the MOMATH event page for tickets and additional information.

October 15, 2020

Will interviewed on the Modern Drummer Podcast

"In this episode Narada chats with Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun to talk about his drumming, influences, and life leading up to 2020 and more. The UPBEAT interview concludes with a percussion performance by Calhoun. In the Shop Talk segment managing editor Mike Dawson talks about Big Fat Snare Drum heads with audio comparison samples."

Listen to and watch the interview on the Modern Drummer Website

October 1, 2020

Will Calhoun Joins Gretsch Drums Artist Family

Will Calhoun behind a Gretsch USA Custom Kit in a Custom Grain Yellow Gloss

Ridgeland, South Carolina - Gretsch Drums is delighted to announce that Grammy Award winning drummer, Will Calhoun, is now an official endorser.

Best known as the drummer of the alternative rock band, Living Colour, Calhoun's extraordinary creative vision and drumming talents have seen him contribute to many and varied music genres including jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient and much more. At the same time he is prolific songwriter, producer, has scored several films and has performed and recorded with a diverse array of notable artists such as B.B King, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Ronnie Wood, Wayne Shorter, Run-DMC and Public Enemy. Calhoun has released six solo albums including his latest, celebrating the great Elvin Jones. He is also currently working on a new Living Colour record.

Calhoun recently took delivery of his Gretsch USA Custom Kit in a Custom Grain Yellow Gloss. His preferred sizes are 16"x 22" and 16"x 20" bass drums, 8"x 8", 9"x 10", 10"x 12" and 11"x 13" toms, 14"x 16" and 16"x 18" floor toms with a 6.5" x 14" Bell Brass and 6"x 13" Chrome over Brass snares.

YouTube icon Watch Will unbox and play his new Drum Kit on YouTube

Will adds "It's an honor and a pleasure to join the Gretsch drum Family and its legacy of great drummers including Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell, Vinny Colaiuta and Bronx legend and architect of Hip Hop Erroll "Pumpkin" Bedward. I'm looking forward to exploring and expanding many musical frontiers in my partnership with Gretsch, starting with my Gretsch USA custom drum set!"

For more than sixty five years, the Gretsch USA Custom, round badge drums have underpinned 'That Great Gretsch Sound'. Their legendary 6-ply Gretsch-formula maple / gum shells combined with 30-degree bearing edge, special 'Silver-Sealer' interior finish and rugged die cast hoops, allows the drums to resonate and absorb sound frequencies to produce their distinctive sound. New for 2020 is the Heritage Build which authentically recaptures the classic look and vibe of Big Band and Jazz era of Gretsch.

Visit Will Calhoun's page on the Gretsch Drums Website, and the Gretsch USA Custom Website page for more information.

July 4, 2020

Will Calhoun Interviewed by Aubrey Dayle

Aubrey Dayle Interviews Will Calhoun via video conference call

"My conversation with Will covers many aspects of his life in music from his early days up to the present. Will has been a friend of mine for many years, and I wanted to catch him in a much less formal situation than a typical media interview so that people could see him in the way that his friends do. We delve into how he developed as a drummer, producer, and artist. He is also candid about the ups and downs of his musical career."

June 8, 2020

"Living Colour Shares New Version of ‘This Is the Life’ With Protest Footage"

From SPIN Magazine: "Over the weekend, the group released a live video for their 1990 track "This Is The Life," pairing it with recent footage of Black Lives Matter protests. As the group wrote on Twitter: "Sadly we're still fighting the same fight.""

This news story was picked up by numerous other new outlets.

Read the article on SPIN Magazine's Website

June 1, 2020

Living Colour - Live on Eventide

Living Colour, Live on Eventide - Monday January 1, 2020 at 4 PM ET

Have you anxiously been longing for a Vivid discussion with the legendary Living Colour? Well, thankfully, your waiting Time’s Up, because they are coming at you live on Eventide’s "Quarantide," Monday, 6/1 at 4:00 PM ET. We will discuss the Stain that Covid19 has put on the music industry and society in general among the Collide0scope of other topics that are sure to be broached upon. Their insight will be The Chair In the Doorway to another dimension and will alleviate you from the Shade that this pandemic has thrown on the world. Be sure to tune in for some serious knowledge dropping from Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, and Will Calhoun!

Tune in on Facebook or YouTube.

March 18, 2020

Will is presently available for personalized drum lessons.

Read more information (meethook.com)

June 6, 2019

Living Colour's Will Calhoun Rocks Out At MoMath

The Bronx Times covered Will's public practice session at the National Museum of Mathematics, one day before his RhythMatics performance event with Stephon Alexander.

Read the story at the Bronx Times

Read more about RhythMatics at the National Museum of Mathematics

April 4, 2019

Will an honoree at 2019 Annual Berklee Alumni Achievement Awards, April 4, 2019.

Join Berklee President Roger H. Brown as the accomplishments of six alumni are celebrated. This special program recognizes College and Conservatory Alumni who have reached chart-topping success in various fields in and around the music industry.

Purchase tickets to the 2019 Annual Berklee Alumni Achievement Awards

Will's interview on the Blog of Jazz at Lincoln Center May 24, 2018

Will is interviewed on Jazz at Lincoln Center's Blog

Read an interview with Will on the Blog of Jazz at Lincoln Center, "Will Calhoun Talks Individuality, Elvin Jones, and Dizzy's", in advance of his performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Monday, May 28, 2018.

January 2018

Will on Classic Drummer Cover + Nine-Page Interview

Image of the January 2018 Classic Drummer cover, and interview with Will Calhoun

In the January 2018 edition of Classic Drummer magazine, Will talks about childhood musical influences, education, career with Living Colour, approach to playing drums, playing a variety of African instruments, musical influences throughout his career, the changing music industry, and more.

Read the January 2018 Classic Drummer magazine online


September 11, 2017

Living Colour on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Don't miss Living Colour performing as the musical guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday September 11, 2017 promoting their new album Shade!

September 11, 2017
A montage of Living Colour band members, the front of the Shade album, and its back.
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Living Colour's Shade album is out, and the reviews are in

August 30, 2017
A montage of Living Colour band members, the front of the Shade album, and its back.
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Living Colour's new album, Shade, is available for pre-order — it will be released September 8, 2017

Shade will be available from Amazon.com and iTunes/Apple Music.

August 5, 2017
Will Calhoun on the cover of digitalDrummer, August 2017
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Will is featured in the August 2017 edition of digitalDrummer e-zine

No-one practices 'hybrid' drumming more creatively than Will Calhoun. Even when he plays acoustics, he uses effects and processing to add texture and colour.

The Living Colour drummer shares his drumming journey and his views on the use of electronics in an interview in the August edition of digitalDrummer.

Read how he got started, how he turned pro, what equipment he has tried and how he combines electronics and acoustics.

Read the August 2017 edition
of digitalDrummer online for free

June 7, 2017

Living Colour debuts song from upcoming Shade album for Billboard

The band also talks about the album, inspiration behind its songs, and future tour promotions.

April 27, 2017

Will Calhoun Plays Jazz Day at Revamped Hammer

Check out this great article from Metroactive.com (San Jose) that discusses Will's background and latest projects, and also promotes Will's performance at the Hammer Theatre Center on April 30, 2017 as part of San Jose Jazz's celebration of International Jazz Day.

Will Calhoun Plays Jazz Day at Revamped Hammer

March 6, 2017

Australian Musician Magazine Interview with Will

Australian Musician's Greg Phillips sat down for a chat with Living Colour's drummer Will Calhoun while he was in Melbourne playing at Bird's Basement with jazz great Mike Stern. Will discusses the upcoming Living Colour May Australian tour, travel, drumming, drum gear and the new Living Colour album 'Shade' due out by year's end.

January 20, 2017

Interview with Will on WBAI Radio 99.5 FM in NYC

Will Calhoun will be live on WBAI Radio 99.5 FM in NYC on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 6-8AM with Legendary host Felipe Luciano to discuss his upcoming Blue Note performances, his latest Elvin Jones tribute recording, as well as traveling and partially living in West Africa.

There are three ways to listen:

November 1, 2016

Vote for Will in The Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll

Will is listed in several categories, and may be written into others if desired. Voting is open between November 1 and December 15, 2016 from the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll page.

October 10, 2016

"Is There Any Doubt Will Calhoun Is One of Our Greatest Modern Drummers?"

Ron Hart of the Observer (New York) makes the case in his article which interviews Will, discusses his new Celebrating Elvin Jones album, and talks about Living Colour's new Mixtape EP.

Read the Observer article

August 22, 2016

Sound Advice: Living Colour Delivers Powerful and Timely Message About Gun Violence

In a NY1 video, Living Colour members talk about their cover of "Who Shot Ya?" by Notorious B.I.G. to raise gun violence awareness.

See the video on the NY1 Website

Living Colour's "Who Shot Ya" will be available September 9, 2016 from Amazon.com and iTunes.

August 16, 2016

Check out the four-star review for Will's new album "Will Calhoun: Celebrating Elvin Jones"
on All About Jazz

"Will Calhoun: Celebrating Elvin Jones"

January 1, 2016

Donate to The Gloster Arts Project and introduce kids to the arts

Please support the The Gloster Arts Project, which benefits kids who have little or no access to the arts. Your support can help make a difference.

Contributions for the charitable purposes of Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects/The Gloster Arts Project must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Mail checks to:

Fractured Atlas
c/o Margaret Porter Troupe
1925 Seventh Avenue, Suite 7L
New York, New York 10026

Learn more and donate online

August 2015
Will Calhoun on the cover of Drumhead magazine, August 2015 (Issue #50)
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Will in Drumhead magazine, cover and interview

Will is the subject of Drumhead magazine's August 2015 (Issue #50) edition, with a cover photo and 18-page article.

The in-depth article features many photos, insights and anecdotes concerning Will's influences, development, gear, career and many projects.

Check it out!

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May 15, 2015

Will to perform at new South by South Orange Festival (SOxSO)

South Orange Village and Seton Hall University announced that the first South by South Orange Festival will run from June 26 to June 28, blending art, music and technology in a three-day affair reminiscent of the famous annual South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.

Read more about the event from the Essex News Daily

March 30, 2015

"Way of the Rain (Sun)Dance" featured article in Film Music Magazine

Check out the great writeup of The Way Of The Rain performance project from the recent performance at the 2015 SunDance film festival in Park City, Utah.

Read the article

January 5, 2015

Vic Firth Performance Spotlight: Will Calhoun

Will Calhoun performs for the Vic Firth cameras during a recent shoot in New York City.

December 16, 2014

Meet Will Calhoun with two tickets and VIP backstage passes to a Living Colour US concert

The winner of this Charitybuzz auction will receive two tickets to any US Living Colour show during which guests will be allowed backstage for aŹsound check and a meet and greet with drummer Will Calhoun! Auction proceeds benefit The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

Please note: this auction ends Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:12 p.m. EST.

Learn more or enter a bid

December 13, 2014

Will Calhoun interviewed after Southwestern College Arts Studio performance

Will performed at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California as part of a lecture series for recording arts students. The College's newspaper, the Southwestern College Sun, interviewed him afterwards, in which he spoke about becoming a musician and his studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music.

Read the Southwestern College Sun interview

December 8, 2014

Will performs in "The Way of the Rain" for 2015 Sundance Festival in Utah

AZA by Will Calhoun * A new medium in fine art: a collection of rhythm on canvas * Join the interest list - willcalhounart.com
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Will Calhoun will perform in "The Way of the Rain" as a special event for the 2015 Sundance Festival in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. The event will be held on January 26 and 27 — Will's performance date will be announced.

"The Way of the Rain" is a live multidisciplinary art performance inspired by the life sustaining annual monsoon rains of the fragile southwest high desert plateaus. The work is created by Creative Director Sibylle Szaggars Redford, and world-renowned artistic collaborators Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer, Desmond Richardson, Ron Saint Germain, Steve Cohen and Floyd Thomas McBee III. The Way of Rain comes to life through paintings, music, dance, film, light and spoken word. There will be featured appearances by Sussan Deyhim, Marc Roberge, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Robert Redford (the artist's husband.)

The event it will be held at the annual Sundance Film Festival, which showcases American and international independent films in a competitive event. Actor and Utah resident Robert Redford is the President and Founder of its governing organization, the Sundance Institute.

Check out The Way of Rain Website for further information.

November 13, 2014

Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish honored with room dedication event at the School of Rock

The School of Rock in Rockville Centre NY, a music school with over 100 francise schools worldwide, honors Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish with a ribbon cutting and room dedication ceremony on December 20, 2014. A musical celebration will be held with performances by Will and Doug, Troy, The Inoculated Canaries, and Craving Strange. The event is by invitation only.

September 1, 2014

Video: Will Calhoun Interview for Hanix magazine

Will talks about how he got started as a drummer, recording with Living Colour, the Bronx Music Heritage Center, the Bronx environment, and growing up there.

August 9, 2014

Will interviewed on WICN 90.5FM Radio "Colors of Jazz" program

Will is interviewed on the "Colors of Jazz" program, broadcast by WICN 90.5FM (Worcester, MA.) "He'll talk about touring the world with rock band Living Colour, honing in on his career in jazz and his album Life In This World released in 2013 with Motéma Music."

The program will be broadcast on August 9 at 4pm, and may be listened to on the radio (90.5FM), or over the Internet from WICN's Listen Live page.

July 24, 2014

Will Calhoun's music featured in "Boogie Down Booth" installations, celebrating the music of the Bronx in NYC; Will quoted in Wall Street Journal article.

July 15, 2014

Will featured on Drummer Radio

Will is interviewed on the latest edition of Drummer Radio, and selected tracks that have musically influenced him are played. The interview can be listened to at the bottom of the page.

Read the article on Drummer Radio

May 28, 2014

Will interviewed by Examiner.com

In the article, Will talks about Living Colour's upcoming new album, "Cult of Personality", hip-hop and rap, touring with Living Colour, the Black Rock Coalition, and classic rock.

Read the article on Examiner.com

April 1, 2014

Photos: Will visits Sup'imax Institute in Dakar, Senegal

Will visited the Sup'imax Digital Arts and Crafts Higher Education Institute in Dakar, Senegal.

Facebook photos of Will's visit to the Sup'imax Institute in Dakar, Senegal
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February 20, 2014

Video: Will Calhoun's Art Collection "AZA" Is Released

February 20, 2014
AZA by Will Calhoun, A collection of rhythm on canvas - Out Now!
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Will's AZA art collection out now

Will Calhoun's AZA art collection is now available for review and purchase at www.willcalhounart.com.

The collection was created by Will using a variety of lit drumsticks to build the visual artwork, like a painter using brushes with different colors.

January 16, 2014
AZA by Will Calhoun * A new medium in fine art: a collection of rhythm on canvas * Join the interest list - willcalhounart.com
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Will unveils art collection created from rhythm

Will Calhoun will unveil an art collection created from rhythm on February 20, 2014. Like a painter using brushes with different colors, Will used a variety of lit drumsticks to build the visual artwork featured within the collection titled AZA.

Get on the interest list to learn more and see it before the release at www.willcalhounart.com.

January 9, 2014

Will Interviewed on WBAI 99.5 FM (New York City)

Listen to Will's interview on WBAI's "Education At The Crossroads."

December 2013

Please join Will in supporting WHEDco whose mission is to make the Bronx a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant place to live and raise a family.

Click here for a short video compilation of the sounds of Bronx percussion from Season 1 of Bronx Rising! and 2012's Living Legends concerts, including a clip from a performance by Will Calhoun and Friends in support of this wonderful organization.

October 1, 2013

Will Calhoun Trio at the Berkley BeanTown Jazz Festival 2013

The Berkley BeanTown Jazz Festival 2013 was reviewed, as well as Will's Trio performance at the event.

July 25, 2013

Drummer Simon Collins (Phil Collins' son) picks 8 greatest drum albums for MusicRadar - Time's Up is on the list!

June 22, 2013

Will and Mustapha Bakboh interviewed from the Essaouira Festival

June 21, 2013

Video: Will performs at the 16th Annual Essaouira Gnaoua Festival in Morocco

Will performs at the 16th Annual Essaouira Gnaoua Festival in Morocco Report and performance excerpt by Radio France International (RFI.)

June 9, 2013

Video: Will's drum clinic/performance at at Batuka Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

May 14, 2013 Will Calhoun - Life in This World

Will's New Album Life in This World is Released

Hard-hitting Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun returns to his Jazz roots on the upcoming album, Life In This World. The album features Ron Carter, Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney, Marc Cary, Charnett Moffett, John Benitez, and Cheick Tidiane Seck.

Release Dates:
USA - May 14, 2013
UK - May 20, 2013
France - May 21, 2013
Germany - May 24, 2013

Read more

Reviews of Life in This World

May 13, 2013

Modern Drummer and Will Calhoun have teamed up for a contest to win a 30 minute Master Class with Will, in celebration of Will's new record, Life In This World. Enter now!

May 7, 2013

Live High Five Interview: "Drummer Spotlight with Will Calhoun @willcalhoundrum @livingcolour; Life In This World out 5/14!"

Will talks about 25 years of Living Colour's Vivid, how he got into playing the drums, his drum setup, his new Life in This World album, writing music, advice for beginning to play the drums, and more.

Read more on Live High Five

Reviews of Life in This World

May 5, 2013

Songs from "Life in This World" and Will's Interview on WBAI 99.5 FM (New York City)

Will was interviewed and songs from his new Life in This World album were played on the WBAI "Suga' in My Bowl" program.

You may listen to a rebroadcast from the "Suga' in My Bowl" archive stream file (m3u format.) This stream file can be played in audio programs like iTunes and Winamp.

Will's first song starts at 3m 50s, and the interview begins at 7m 55s.

April 7, 2013

Video: Living Colour Performs Live at WrestleMania XXIX

Living Color performed their hit, "Cult of Personality" live at Wrestlemania XXIX Living Color performed their hit, "Cult of Personality" live at Wrestlemania XXIX.

March, 2013 Cover of the March 2013 Drummer Magazine

Will featured in March 2013 Drummer Magazine (UK)

Drummer Magazine (UK) talks with Will about his Native Lands album, drumming, the Living Colour 25th Anniversary Tour, and his drum kit.

Read the article on the Drummer Magazine Website

October 2012

Will Calhoun Trio Noted in The New York City Jazz Record

The Will Calhoun Trio's August 17th Hudson Valley Jazz Festival appearance was noted in the October 2012 edition of The New York City Jazz Record. The mention is in the article jump, atop page 46.

Read "Festival Report: Hudson Valley Jazz Fest" (PDF)

September 2012

Will in Drummer Magazine (UK)

A feature article in the current issue of DRUMMER Magazine (UK) discusses Will Calhoun's upcoming London Drum Show appearance on October 14, 2012. Look for more coverage after the show.

July 9, 2012

Billboard Interview: "Living Colour is 'Re-Thinking Blues and Its Relationship To Metal'"

Vernon Reid talks about Living Colour's next record, the blues, and his work with Spectrum Road.

Read more on Billboard.com

May 3, 2012 image of Living Colour's 'Vivid' album cover

Living Colour's Vivid turns 24

Today marks the 24th Anniversary of the release of Living Colour's album Vivid — (ranked 64 out of 100 best albums of the Eighties.)

Read Rolling Stone magazine's album review (originally published in the November 16, 1989 issue)

April 13, 2012

Calhoun and Wimbish tour as part of Jazzmatazz

Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish will join the Jazzmatazz band, which also features rapper Solar and musician David Scott. Solar revived the Jazzmatazz brand by forming the new touring band named after the legendary Jazz-influenced Hip-Hop albums.

Read more on allhiphop.com

March 6, 2012

Living Colour Joins Musician Lineup for Robert Johnson Tribute

Living Colour joined a diverse lineup of musicians for a 100th birthday tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson at The Apollo Theater in Harlem. It was also a benefit for building the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

Event coverage (links below open in a new window):

February 12, 2012

Stone Raiders interviewed on TV5Monde (France)

The interview took place for the French TV network's "Continent Noir" program, during the Stone Raiders' European Tour Paris stop in January 2012.

Visit "Continent Noir" February 12, 2012 episode (in French) to watch the program.
The interview begins at the 17:27 position.

February 8, 2012

Valentine's Gift Guide: Jazzy Albums for Him and Her With Wine Pairings, Part One

Abel Folgar of the Broward Palm Beach New Times reviews Will's Native Lands, and its suitability as a Valentine's Day gift.

Read the article (third album reviewed)


Video: Bobby Thomas and Will Calhoun Jam

Bobby Thomas and Will Calhoun Jam< Will jams with Bobby Thomas of Weather Report and the Monty Alexander Band. Video produced, edited and recorded by Andre Betts at Universal Music Production in Hackensack, New Jersey.

December 18, 2011

Rebroadcast: Songs from Will's Native Lands played on WYNC radio

The New Sounds program played Umoja and East from Will's Native Lands album.

Visit the WNYC New Sounds page to listen to the program.

November 2011

Sticks 'n' Skins Book included in Smithsonian library

Sticks 'n' Skins, the celebrated coffee table book illuminating the eclectic world of drumming over the past 70 years (and featuring Will as one of the profiled drummers), was recently included in the library collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Read more

October 29, 2011

Will joins other legendary drummers for grand opening of Vic's Drum Shop in Chicago

11am - 6pm

Vic's Drum Shop
345 N. Loomis
Chicago, IL 60607

Info: (312) 770-1200

Check out the Vic's Drum Shop Website for additional details and to confirm times.

October 15, 2011

BBC Radio 5 live interview with Will on "Up All Night"

Listen in as Will talks about current events, life in New York, music, and politics with Dotun Adebayo of BBC Radio's "Up All Night" program.

Listen on the BBC iPlayer page (discussion with Will takes place from 00:34 to 01:31)

Read more on the "Up All Night" page.

September 23, 2011

Will's performance and interview on WBAI 99.5 FM (New York City)

Will performed live ambient music and was interviewed on Delphine Blue's "Shocking Blue" program.

You may listen to the program until October 6, 2011 on WBAI's Shocking Blue archive page. Will's performance and interview takes place during the show's last 30 minutes.

Gil Scott-Heron, Poet and Musician, 1949 - 2011

The influential poet and musician, credited as being one of the creators of hip-hop and best know for the spoken-word song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", died on May 27, 2011.

Read more on the NPR Website

Bernie Worrell and Will Calhoun participate in the "Master Session" during the 2011 ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo on April 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup
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April 30, 2011

Will Calhoun and Bernie Worrell jam at 2011 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO

Will Calhoun and P-Funk/Talking Heads legend Bernie Worrell play an impromptu jam after their conversation at the 2011 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO.

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Will and "The Sound of Sci(l)ence"

Will played and lectured at Haverford College's "The Sound of Sci(l)ence", a three-day series of conversations, workshops, and performances exploring the intersection of music and quantum mechanics. The event was held June 15-17, 2009.

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Workshop review, from Haverford College

Workshop announcement, from Haverford College

April 22, 2011

Living Colour's "Vivid" on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of the 80's list

Living Colour's first album "Vivid" was ranked number 64 out of 100 on Rolling Stone's 100 best albums of the 80's
Read the article, from Rolling Stone

January 20, 2011

Remember John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address With Living Colour

Read the article, from MTV Newsroom

January 20, 2011

Will Calhoun is interviewed on FreeWorldNetworkRadio-X

Will was interviewed and has his songs played on Bruce Mack's FreeWorldNetworkRadio-X.

Listen live (12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST) on taintradio.org

Audio of the interview will be forthcoming.

December 20, 2010

Songs from Will's Native Lands played on WYNC radio

The New Sounds program played Umoja and East from Will's Native Lands album.

Visit the WNYC New Sounds page to listen to the program.

December, 2010

Will joins Pro Panel for Modern Drummer magazine

"The Modern Drummer Pro Panel will be a revolving group of twelve world-class drummers chosen annually by the editors of Modern Drummer magazine. Each panel member will contribute to the coming year's editorial mix, offering invaluable knowledge and advice via columns and features in Modern Drummer magazine and at moderndrummer.com"

Coverage of Living Colour on tour with Experience Hendrix

Also visit the Experience Hendrix Website

October 20, 2010

Will interviewed by BlackRadioIsBack.com

As summarized by BlackRadioIsBack.com, Will talks about "his background in the Bronx, his various musical influences, how labels have split up the music scene way too much (including the terms "Black Rock", "Black Music" etc.), his current and future music projects both on the solo tip & with Living Colour, some rather bugged out occurrences he had in the music industry, the importance of cultural ties in the creation of music and a lot of other cool things in a nice 45 minute time frame...check it out!"

Listen to Will's interview (after the National Geographic performance notice)

August 2, 2010

Doug Wimbish interviewed by Knac.com

Doug Wimbish talks about Living Colour getting back together, releasing the band's new album, his role as executive producer and "ambiance director", his extended musical family, and what keeps him glued to Living Colour.
Read the interview

July 2010

Corey Glover interviewed by The Breakdown Room

Cory Glover talks about the unifying theme of "The Chair In The Doorway", making the album, selecting songs for concert tours, and being Living Colour's vocalist.
Read the interview

Will in Interview and Wavedrum Print Ad for Korg

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Will in the Korg Wavedrum print ad
Korg talks to Will about his tour performances and using the Wavedrum.

Page scan of Will in the May 2010 edition of Rhythm magazine
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Will's Drum Lesson in Rhythm Magazine Disc Video

Will gave a lesson on subtleties within the groove drum track.

The video was on the disc included with the May 2010 edition of Rhythm magazine (UK edition).

Video: Will Warms Up On Sleishman Twin Pedals

Will tries out a brand new Sleishman Twin Pedal in the Sydney Opera House, Australia, before his performance with African singer Oumou Sangare (Mali) and Bella Fleck (US banjo virtuoso.)

March 11, 2010

Radio interview with Will on "Speaking Out", from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

From the Bronx in New York City to the Sydney Opera House, it's a dream that's now been fulfilled.

Will Calhoun is best known as the drummer of U.S group, Living Colour, and is considered as one of the best in the world.

While in Australia touring with Malian singer Oumou Sangare - Will took time out to talk about his craft, his love of photography and why he travels the world researching the music of other cultures.

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Podcast (March 11, 2010 episode):
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Will's Native Lands Videos in Streaming Museum Exhibition

Three music and video works from Will's Native Lands CD+DVD are part of the Streaming Museum's exhibition "New Era: The Middle East", which runs from October 8 to December 8, 2009.

Coverage of Living Colour on tour

Reviews of Living Colour's new album

Will in World of Drumming Photography Book

Sticks 'n' Skins: A Photography Book About the World of Drumming features Will Calhoun and over 500 drummers from the drumming community.

A perfect gift, music lovers will discover the heartbeat of music this holiday season in this 560-page coffee table book illuminating the eclectic world of drumming over the past 70 years.

Fotos By Folletts photographers traveled to 53 cities in four countries and photographed over 500 drummers to be included in the pages of this captivating hardcover book. From the true legends to students and teachers, drum- techs to cartage companies and shop owners, Sticks 'n' Skins features some never-before-seen photos and stories, and preserves the legacy of this unique group of musicians.

Visit www.sticksnskins.com for more information.

Order from Amazon.com

December 18, 2009

Corey Glover interviewed by ExploreMusic

Corey Glover talks about social and political issues in music, and Living Colour's new album
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December 12, 2009

"The Chair In The Doorway" is #2 on the Dutch Alternative Top 30 chart!

Check out the placement of Living Colour's new album

December 6, 2009

Living Colour Interviewed on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"

Vernon Reid and Corey Glover talk about changes over the years for the band and inspiration behind some of the new album's songs.
Read more and listen to the interview

December 1, 2009

Corey Glover interviewed on "House of Hair with Dee Snider" Website

Corey Glover of Living Colour talks about what he and the band have been doing, and about the songs on the new album.
Read the interview

November 2009

Interview with Will from BurnYourEars Webzine

The German Webzine BurnYourEars interviewed Will about Living Colour and its new album, "The Chair In The Doorway."

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October 2009

Living Colour Special and Corey Glover Interview on "This is Not A Test" Podcast

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October 2009

Living Color Album Review in Relix magazine

Living Colour
The Chair in the Doorway

After a decade of inactivity, Living Colour, the groundbreaking all-Black metal-funk, etc. hybrid led by guitarist Vernon Reid and vocalist Corey Glover, returned in 2003 with Collideøscope. That album, like 1993's Stain, retained the ferocity and braininess of the group's early work, but alienated some older fans who saw its adventurism as too much of a departure. Another break followed–filled with rare and live releases–and now comes The Chair in the Doorway. This time, everyone should be happy. From the crackling soul-funk of "Bless Those" to the raging lead-off track "Burned Bridges," the psychedelic surf of "Out of Mind" to the sinister "Method," the quartet corrals its innovative urges into a set of tightly constructed new tunes that go easy on the experiments but don't seek to resurrect the '80s either.

– Jeff Tamarkin

Friday, September 25, 2009

Interview with Will on "Women (and Legends) Who Really Rock! with Carmen Milagro" (Blog Talk Radio)

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Living Colour in-store appearances
Photo of Will holding two classic Jazz records at the Criminal Records store in Altanta, Georgia.
Living Colour appeared at Criminal Records (Atlanta, GA) and played at the store (YouTube video) on September 14, 2009.

September 18, 2009, 5:00 PM
In-store appearance at Waterloo Records
600-A North Lamar, Austin, Texas 78703
Cost: free

September 15, 2009, 5:30 PM
In-store performance at Park Ave CDs
2916 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803
Cost: free

September 14, 2009, 6:00 PM
In-store performance at Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave., Atlanta, Georgia 30307

Tuesday, September 16, 2009

Living Colour Tampa, FL tour photos on Chris Bradshaw Photography

Click here to see the photos in the slideshow.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Living Colour was interviewed on "Out of the Box", WAXQ 104.3FM

Click here for the Q104.3 audio-on-demand page.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Video interview with Will by SPIN magazine / SPIN Earth TV
September 14, 2009

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Living Colour performed two songs live on "Soundcheck", WNYC 93.9FM at 2 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Friday, August 21, 2009
7:00pm to 12:00 midnight


At: The Solidarity Center
55 West 17th Street
Between 5th & 6th Avenues
New York City 10011

To: Celebrate the release of On the Move – Sounds Inspired by Mumia Abu Jamal and to celebrate the voices that have come together to demand through words and song that Mumia Abu Jamal be set free! This 2-disc album is a triumphant tribute to Mumia’s living legacy and the excellence of all of the artists who have contributed to this masterpiece!

Those lending their voices to this powerful collection range from renaissance to world-renowned artists such as Grammy winners Public Enemy, Maya Azucena and Living Colour, Abiodun Oyewole of the world-famous Last Poets, who are internationally credited as the godfathers of rap, Philadelphia born Res whose song “They Say Vision” hit number one on Billboard charts, internationally acclaimed jazz and R&B vocalist Stephanie Rice, Immortal Technique – one of the most well-known unsigned rappers in the world, two-time National Endowment for the Arts winner Fred Ho and two-time John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner Nana Soul. Other artists on the compilation include Kahlil Khan, Latisha Divine, Hasan Salaam, AKIR, Kobe James, The Hard Wash, SoSoon, Spiritchild, Kafele Bandele, Voice of the Children, Yaw and Melinda Davis. On the Move also features commentary by Larry Holmes, Monica Moorehead, Richard Kossally, Sara Flounders, Michael Kramer, Larry Hales, Brenda Stokely and Johnnie Stevens.


Please celebrate this huge accomplishment with us! Admission is Free! To RSVP or for more information call 212-696-8562 or info@blackwaxx.com

August 13, 2009

A story on Will in Associated Content
"Will Calhoun Breaks Down the Learning Process with Living Colour: Living Colour's Drummer Prepares for the Release of the Bands New Disc and Fall Tour"

Click here to read the story.

July 30, 2009

This message was sent to me by my friend Michael Ackerman... I'm posting this message in case anyone is interested in assisting Mr. Stubblefield in any way. Thanks for your support. Will Calhoun

Perhaps my greatest hero as a drummer is Clyde Stubblefield. He played like he was from another planet: no one before him or after him played like he did on those great James Brown sides. I wondered what became of him until a few years ago I heard him name mentioned as the drummer on a radio show on NPR. He's in a bit of ill health. He has had bladder cancer and needs a new kidney -- but he's way down the donor list because of the cancer. He's soliciting donations and donors. If you ask me, every hip hop artist ever should donate something because so many of those records use his beats. Where would hip hop be without Stubblefield? Here's the story from a Madison, Wisconsin newspaper. His email address is contained in the story.

June 19, 2009

Living Colour will release their first new studio album in five years entitled "The Chair In The Doorway", September 15, 2009 on Megaforce Records.

Track Listing:

1. Burned Bridges
2. The Chair
3. DecaDance
4. Young Man
5. Method
6. Behind The Sun
7. Bless Those
8. Hard Times
9. Taught Me
10. Out Of Mind
11. Not Tomorrow

June 15-17, 2009

Will Calhoun is a featured artist for a three-day series of conversations, workshops, and performances exploring the intersection of music and quantum mechanics at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Click here for more information and schedule.

June 10, 2009

Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun Masterclass
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance — Live at The Luminaire

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May 15, 2009

Click here for an article reviewing a recent performance of Will and the Charnette Moffet Trio.

April 2009

Check out the video and review from Will's appearance at Adams Drummers Festival 2009.

Watch Will on the Modern Drummer Festival 2008 DVD

This 12 hour, 4-DVD set features Simon Phillips, Gavin Harrison, Will Calhoun, Todd Sucherman, Derek Roddy, Billy Ward, Carmine Appice, Derek Roddy, Dafnis Prieto and many more.

Click here to order.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Click here for a link to a video of Will's 1/5/09 Jazz performance on the Fox Morning show, with Keyboardist Marc Cary, featuring Will's composition "DORITA". Links to several Living Colour videos are also featured on this page.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Click here for links to several videos featuring performance highlights and an interview and kit tour with Will during his performance at the 2008 Modern Drummer Festival (scroll down in the window at the top of the page to get to Will's video links.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Living Colour headlines "Rock For Barack", a benefit concert in New York City also featuring The Family Stand, Earl Greyhound, Danielia Cotton, and Viva Mayday. 100% of the profits from the concert will go to Moveon.org in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun conceived the event as "a night of music with local musicians whose songs will get people thinking about change. That's what this concert is really about: we want people to use the occasion of Barack Obama's historic candidacy to make a change in their lives that goes beyond election day- taking responsibility for their actions, and thinking in new ways about our country, our politics, our families, and our future."

The concert will take place on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at Le Poisson Rouge (formerly The Village Gate) - 158 Bleecker Street, NYC 10012. Doors 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased online here.

Come out for an inspiring night of great music and to support the cause for positive change.

Satruday, August 30, 2008

Click here for an article entitled "Rocker Calhoun gives sound advice to area drummers" covering Will's recent clinic in Rome, NY.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Photographer Tony Graves is having a groupshow of his photography - featuring Will Calhoun and other musician subjects. Location is 460 Washington St. Newark, NJ 07102, and the exhibition is at 5pm.

May 2008 review of Will's Black Holes Performance at PS 122 in New York City

This past weekend marked the debut of Black Holes. Though I wasn't able to attend Thursday's performance I was able to attend Friday's and Sunday's. Each performance included healing vocalizations, poetry, flute, and dance. Will easily moved from electronic to indigenous instrumentation and from rhythmic to melodic sounds. The combination of rhythmic and melodic sounds and video imagery punctuated by various styles of dance and poetry had an indescribable effect. So profound and welcome was the performance effect that I was reluctant to think, speak, or stand up after it concluded. The sentiment was shared by the persons with whom I sat. I likened the effect to being on the brink of spiritual ecstasy without feeling the need or desire to take that final plunge.

Sunday's performance also featured Moroccan performer Hassan Hakmoun and Jeff Smith of The Family Stand. The most extraordinary part of Sunday's performance was during what I will refer to as the hip-hop segment of the performance. The segment was initiated by African stepping. An MLK speech about poverty was then heard as the stepping continued. Will then brought a drum-machine in the audio mix at which point the dance moved from stepping to hip-hop. Poet Louis Reyes Rivera recited a poem about the hip-hop culture. This segment was magical and meaningful and simultaneously evoked goose bumps and tears.

- New York Journalist/Media Co.


Yes, Buddy Miles was a huge influence on my drumming. His groove was heavy and funky. He wrote fantastic classic songs, his voice was directly connected to New Orleans Blues, Church-Gospel, 70's funk/soul. Buddy supported Living Colour -- every show we performed in Chicago, Buddy would appear backstage. He was very proud of Living Colour, and we (Living Colour) are still huge fans of the "Band of Gypsys". There are many examples of great Buddy Miles tracks... I recommend the Buddy Miles Express recordings, however my favorite recording of his is Jimi Hendrix - BAND OF GYPSYS concert live New Years Day 1970 at the Fillmore East in NYC. This entire recording is a Rock and Roll/Blues Classic.

I attended a benefit/auction for Jimi Hendrix in 1992... I actually won a bid on one of Jimi's never used Fender Strat guitars. Buddy attended as well as Jimi Hendrix's Father Al Hendrix. In 1995 I was approached by a Major record label to produce a Buddy Miles recording. The label was uncertain about our collaboration, so we had to record a demo. I wrote a tune called FATHER. I played drums, TM Stevens-Bass, and Buddy on Guitar and Vocals. The track is Fantastic. Many people are not aware that Buddy plays guitar just like Jimi -- it's frightening. The track was never released due to disagreements with Buddy's legal team and the record company. I own the Masters, so I plan to release this track.

In the past 5 years Living Colour was invited to perform on proper Jimi Hendrix tribute tours in America, featuring Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Guy and others. These tours were amazing. Watching these guys play and listening to the stories about Jimi, Woodstock, etc. were priceless.

We are living in fast times, with many distractions. Our memories become short... however we have lost a Giant. A great human being... and Genius Musician. We should never forget!

Thursday, March 20 (late night Wed, March 19), 2008

Will Calhoun is the Special Guest on "Audio Gumbo" hosted by Charles Blass, on WKCR-FM NYC, 89.9FM and www.WKCR.org.

1-5am early Thursday, March 20th (late night Wednesday, March 19th.)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Will Calhoun will appear on WBAI 99.5FM New York radio morning show from 8:30 - 9am discussing his upcoming performances at CACHACA this weekend, as well as few other new topics. You can also listen to the interview via internet by visiting www.WBAI.org.

Jazz Jam Fund Raiser for Pan Africanist Elombe and Nomsa Brath - Press Release

January, 2008

Ethel Calhoun is leading a great dance/fitness class in Brooklyn that is worth checking out!

DANCE VIBRATIONS is a high-energy movement experience that will invite participants to dance to rhythms from Africa, Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean. Experience the beauty, energy, and power that dance can provide in a one hour class facilitated by professional dance instructor, performing artist, certified Personal Trainer, Ethel Calhoun. Release your mind and body and free your spirit. In this class various dance moves will be taught as well as fitness and strengthening exercises that will assist to create a strong body and improve overall fitness level. Learn dances that will invite your spirit to take flight. Experience an environment that is supportive to all dance and exercise levels.

Get fit in 2008 at The Village @ Gureje

An exciting dance/fitness class is in full swing. Join the fun: wear something loose, bring a towel, water, footwear and bring your spirit ready for release. Don't delay: Have a registration form emailed to you by contacting us at info@Gureje.com. Whew, it is a blast!!!

Class Schedule: 1 hour classes are held in 4 sessions and on Wednesday at 7:00pm and Saturday 10:30am.

1st Session - Jan. 9, 12, 16 and 19, 2008

2nd Session - Jan. 23, 26, 31 and Feb. 2, 2008

3rd Session - Feb. 13, 16, 20 and 23, 2008

Fees: $45/session

Drop in: $15.00

Venue: The Village @ Gureje

884-886 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

(Between Underhill & Washington Aves.)

Tel: 718 857 2522 / 718 857 2105

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