Whiplash - Films & Words at The Flash

Whiplash - Films & Words at The Flash

Bruce Klauber

Sun, November 26, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

This event is all ages

A screening of the 2014 Sony Pictures Classics Film WHIPLASH with a lecture and question and answer with Buddy Rich Biographer BRUCE KLAUBER who served as a drum consultant on the film.

Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single
-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble
in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability — and his sanity.

Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor - J.K. Simmons.

Written and Directed by Damien Chazelle

Official Selection
Sundance Film Festival 2014
Cannes Film Festival 2014
Toronto International Film Festival 2014

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic –Sundance Film Festival 2014

Winner, Dramatic Audience Award – Sundance Film Festival 2014
Bruce Klauber
Bruce Klauber
Several months before actual production of what was to be the Academy Award-winning motion picture known as "Whiplash," Bruce Klauber was contacted directly by producer Jason Blum in order to facilitate contact with the daughter of "the world's greatest drummer," Buddy Rich, one of the main focuses of "Whiplash." This connection was essential in line with getting rights and permissions to use the name and likeness of Buddy Rich. Klauber was also asked to provide any and all appropriate visual images of Rich, as well as audio and visual samples of Rich in performance. He was also pegged to consult on the big band music "ala Buddy Rich big band" performed throughout the picture. Later on, I was asked to briefly tutor via Skype, actor Miles Teller--himself a rock drummer who, by the way, was born and bred in Downington, PA--on absorbing the "swing feel" of jazz drumming, as well as the single-stroke roll technique widely used by Buddy Rich and utilized as the film's climax. Some of Teller's drumming was the real thing, other parts were pre-recorded. Given today's technical magic, it's almost impossible to tell which was which, but my job was to help Teller make things look authentic on screen. Bottom line? It sure does!


Bruce Klauber is the biographer, in books and acclaimed Warner Brothers films, of jazz drumming greats Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, a columnist, entertainment journalist, multi-instrumentalist and singer, recording artist, and working jazz drummer for more than five decades.

He is the author of "Gene Krupa: Jazz Legend" and "Gene Krupa: A Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend," and writer/co-producer of the landmark Warner Brothers films on Krupa, Buddy Rich; the "Legends of Jazz Drumming" DVD series and the "Classic Drum Solos" series. Klauber also served as a consultant and producer on the various Buddy Rich tribute films produced for Hudson Music and Warner Brothers, including those that featured the likes of Neil Peart and Phil Collins.

As a drummer, Bruce Klauber has played with jazz giants such as Charlie Ventura, Buddy Greco, Al Grey, Joanie Sommers, Pepper Adams, Peggy King and Milt Buckner. He is the co-founder of the Philadelphia-based "All-Star Jazz Trio," one of the longest, continuously-performing and permanent jazz groups in the country. The recent CD, "Peggy King and The All-Star Jazz Trio," was released internationally by the Fresh Sound record label, and is the first new recording by famed diva Peggy King in 36 years. It continues to receive heavy airplay all over the world.

Bruce Klauber's newest book, "Reminiscing in Tempo," a semi-autobiographical work that details his decades of personal associations with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich to Lou Rawls and Jerry Lewis, will be published early next year by Hal Leonard/Centerstream Publishing.
Venue Information:
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19348