I am a jazz and blues drummer who started in 1964 in a garage band in Bowie, MD, and played until I joined the navy in 1967. Between 1967 and 2004 I managed to squeeze in a 22 year navy career, then segued into almost 20 years of consulting, retiring in 2008. I currently reside in Deltona, Florida and have performed from Jacksonville to Cocoa Beach, and from Daytona Beach to Plant City (west of Orlando.)
My main, general influences are Gene Krupa (the man had a lot of rhythm and an amazing touch on drums), Papa Jo Jones, Chick Webb, and, of course Baby Dodds. Dodds' influence on all drummers cannot be overestimated because he has directly or indirectly influenced every drummer who came after him - including Krupa, Buddy Rich, and just about anyone who is either your direct influence, or their direct influence. I also admire Joe Morello, who is probably one of the greatest drummers ever born. The man has had a profound influence on my playing since I started in 1964.
Since I play about twenty brush-only gigs a month with the Marsha Summers Duo my main influences for brushwork are Ed Thigpen, John Poole, Jeff Hamilton and Denzil Best. Here are two clips of me with the Marsha Summers Duo:
This is a typical full show that Marsha and I perform at assisted living facilities. I am including it because it shows the versatility required to be her drummer. You can safely skip it unless you are an activities professional seeking entertainment options in the east Volusia County (Florida) area:
A final clip of me just showing off (I would never play like this on stage!)