Guest Star: Fun with Frank Check

This months guest star is Frank Check, drummer of the Chicago Groove Collective! Frank has earned many awards as a jazz soloist, as well as several other awards including the First Chair award from from Instrumentalist Magazine, the John Phillip Sousa award, and the very prestigious Semper Fidelis award form the United States Marine Corp. We thought we’d chat with this award winning musician to get to know him just a little bit better.

SE: What are the five songs or albums you’re listening to the most right now?
Frank Check (FC):
Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales
Jill Scott – Who is Jill Scott? – Words and Sounds, Vol. 1
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Zakir Hussein – Essence of Rhythm
Phil Lesh and Friends – Bootleg from Riviera Show (10/20/02)
SE: Who or what inspired you to be a professional musician?
FC: My brothers, they always had bands rehearsing at our house when I was a kid and I wanted to be just like them!  One plays guitar and the other plays bass…naturally drums fit right in!
SE: What’s your craziest event or gig story?
FC: Several months ago I was playing at a bar gig where several individuals consumed more drinks than they should have (shocking).  I was playing drums behind a clear drum shield and watched as a drunken audience member grabbed a beer bottle off of a tray and threw it at the stage where it shattered on the drum shield and sprayed all over.  Several people escorted the individual out the door.  On the bright side, the Plexiglas saved me and my drums from the beer bottle and guy who threw the bottle came back to apologize a few weeks later!
SE: Do you have any regular gigs?
FC: Every Sunday night I play a “live-band karaoke” gig at McGee’s Tavern from 8-11pm.
SE: What was your first concert?
FC: I am lucky because my parents took me to several concerts as a kid and I could not even guess which one was first.  The first concert that I asked to go to was AC/DC – Ballbreaker Tour in 96′.  Great way to start!
SE: If you could share the stage with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
FC:I will have to adjust the question a bit because that musician and I would need a great cast of characters working with us to make the situation ideal.  I have always thought of music as an ensemble experience and I have always idolized bands and not individuals.  The most important things to me as a drummer are having a killing bass player and guitarists that take you on a journey when they solo.  If I could play with any band I would choose The Allman Brothers Band.  The entire band is incredible and knows how to achieve something amazing and different every time they play.  Each musician in that group relies on the others to make it great!
SE: You’re stuck on a desert island forever. Which three albums do you want with you?
FC: This response could change daily!  If I was heading to that island today these would be my choices.
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters
SE: Beatles or Stones?
FC: Stones!

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