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WILLY WONKA Meets WHIPLASH With This Jazz Drum Solo Scene

We think we may have found La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s next project: a cool, scat-tastic, be-bopping Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory jazz musical. Because if it’s even half as good as this drum performance, set to one of the original film’s most iconic scenes, it is going to be a huge hit, man.

Musician David Dockery is behind this mesmerizing jazz drum piece set to the rhythm, cadence, and dialogue of the scene when Willy Wonka screams at Grandpa Joe and Charlie about stealing Fizzy Lifting Drinks. It’s a totally original way to experience this famous cinematic moment, and makes both characters sound as though they are really engaging in a dual beat-poetry performance. It’s also like if Damien Chazelle’s other paean to jazz, Whiplash, had been set in a chocolate factory instead of a music school.

If J.K. Simmons’ psychotic instructor Fletcher from Whiplash had decided to get into the candy racket instead of teaching, this is what it would have looked and sounded like. Probably wouldn’t be a nurturing place to learn the ins-and-outs of the confectionery business.


You Lose sir
Day sir


Getting violently scolded by a scat-jazzing, chocolate-loving professor would really leave a sour taste in our mouths, especially if we then got an Everlasting Gobstopper whipped at our head. Although if Damien Chazelle really does take us up on this fantastic idea, that would make for a memorable scene.

What did you think of this drum performance? Be bop your way into our comments section below and let us know, man, what you think.

Featured Image: Paramount Pictures
Whiplash Image: Sony Pictures Classics

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