The Company You Keep: the Epic Story of Zildjian Cymbals and Popular Music in America

Sources and Show Notes


Duke Ellington: “East St Louis Toodle-oo” 1927 Columbia Records

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Overture to “The Abduction from the Seraglio”

Beethoven, Ludwig Van: “Turkish March” section, Ninth Symphony, Fifth Movement

Alla Levonyan: “De Yerkir Arax” (Traditional Armenian Folk Song)

Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Gene Krupa: “Sing Sing Sing” from Live at Carnegie Hall, 1939


Bryson, Bill (2013): One Summer: America in 1927. Random House

Cohan, Jon (2011): Zildjian: A History of the Legendary Cymbal Makers. Hal Leonard Books

Finkel, Caroline (2007): The Osman’s Dream: A History of the Ottoman Empire. Perseus Books

Gioia, Ted (2011): The History of Jazz. Oxford University Press

Kennedy, Paul (1987): The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Random House

Pinksterboer, Hugo (1992): The Cymbal Book (foreword by Rick Mattingly). Hal Leonard Books

Television Programs

Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns. 2001 PBS Television

Online Sources, by Topic in Order of Appearance

Avedis Zildjian Company History:

Zildjian Website

The Drummer's Journal (Issue 9)

Harvard Business Review

Armenian Genocide:


Properties of Bronze:

History of the Drum Set:

Armand Zildjian:

Interviews excerpted in the podcast:

Hal Blaine: Drummer, Zildjian Artist, Author, and Wrecking Crew Alumnus

Leon Chiappini: Sound Quality Master, Avedis Zildjian Company

Jeff Fanzlow: Drummer, Lifelong Zildjian Player, and Friend of the RNRAP

Omar Hakim: Drummer, Zildjian Artist, and Chair of Percussive Arts Department, Berklee College of Music

Bob Henrit: Drummer, Zildjian Artist, and Author

Aaron Jackson: Manager of Drum Set Education, Avedis Zildjian Company

Jeff Westhaver: Cymbal Tester, Avedis Zildjian Company

Craigie Zildjian: Chief Executive Officer, Avedis Zildjian Company

Background interviews:

Paul Francis: Director of Cymbal Innovation, Avedis Zildjian Company

Dan Wiseman: Director of Marketing, Avedis Zildjian Company

Produced by Christian Swain

Written by Richard Evans

Sound Design and incidental music by Jerry Danielsen of Busy Signal Studios: