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Bernard Purdie performing on the TELEFUNKEN soundstage. (Photo Credit: Nick Sonsini)

Iconic Drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Featured In Tribute Concert On The TELEFUNKEN Soundstage

Artist who's worked with top performers such as James Brown and Aretha Franklin breaks down his famous groove captured with M82, M80-SH, TF51, TF47 microphones and more at company HQ in Connecticut.

Influential R&B, soul and funk drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, who’s worked with top artists that include James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wilson Pickett, Steely Dan and many others, recently visited the TELEFUNKEN Soundstage at the company’s headquarters in South Windsor, CT to participate in a tribute concert in his honor.

The event was produced by Friedman, Kannenberg & Company, P.C., whom previously brought The Immediate Family to TELEFUNKEN for a similar fundraiser, with all net proceeds for both events being donated to The Asperger/Autism Network.

Purdie’s unique style is so often imitated and he even has a groove named after him, “The Purdie Shuffle,” which can be cleary heard on classic tracks like Steely Dan’s “Home At Last” from the album Aja. The performance and concert, filmed and recorded live in high-resolution audio and video, features the drummer breaking down his famous groove, with the performance captured exclusively with TELEFUNKEN microphones. In the video, Purdie gives a beat-by-beat explanation and demonstration of his shuffle, breaking down the independent parts and offering a fresh take on his creations.

Mics employed for the exclusive session include the M82 on kick and M80-SH on snare, TF51 on toms, TF47 outside kick, and TF39 Copperhead Deluxe. Further, M60s were on cymbals and snare, ELA M 260s in a Decca Tree configuration, along with a pair of C12s on overheads and a pair of ELA M 251E as room mics.

The multi-track files from this performance are available for download here.

Season 7 of TELEFUNKEN’s “Live From The Lab ” YouTube series premieres in January 2023 and present performances by Allen Stone, Larkin Poe, Swatkins, Zaccai Curtis Afro-Cuban Quartet, the Purdie Tribute and more.

In addition, the company’s Alchemy Microphone Series is on sale through the end of 2022, including $200 off the TF51 and TF47 microphones and $100 off the TF39 Copperhead Deluxe, TF29 Copperhead and TF11 FET large diaphragm microphones now through December 31, 2022.


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