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71-year-old “Nana” takes stage on Jimmy Falon for drum-off with popular drummer and wins
He knew he lost before they even began when she said she's been drumming for 58 years. 🥁🤩
Shellie Anne Javier-Follero
09.30.22

Most of us love Jimmy Fallon and his show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

We can’t deny how his show makes us laugh, cry sometimes with touching stories, and of course, make us dance and sing.

And he hosts the best guests.

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And Jimmy did it again when he introduced his newest book “Nana Loves You More”. This is another book written by Jimmy Fallon, an Emmy and Grammy Award winner.

Jimmy picked a page and the audience wastouched by the message Jimmy read out loud.

It says, “More than gold or treasure or money? You are my treasure. You are my honey.”

So sweet.

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A perfect message from our dear grandmas. Yes, “Nana Loves You More” is about honoring grandmothers.

And to highlight more about the love of grandmas to their children and grandchildren, Jimmy invited a 71-year-old “Nana” named Dorothea Taylor.

And she blew us away with her immense talent on the drums.

Meet Nana Dorothea Taylor

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Dorothea Taylor is a professional drummer and teacher. With 388k Followers on Instagram and 1.3 million followers on Tiktok, we know that Dorothea offers something interesting.

She’s still got it.

At her age, she can still teach you how to properly hit your drum. And professionally join a band if you want to.

According to her interview with Jimmy, she has three children and two grandchildren. She shared as well that she looks forward to having 1 grandchild that will be a musician like her.

In a separate interview, Dorothea Taylor shared with Drum Magazine that she started playing drums at 13 in her hometown in Michigan.

She got her first set of drums as a junior in high school and joined a band after she graduated, playing five nights a week.

She started teaching drumline for her school’s Feeder Corps when she was 17 and has basically been teaching off and on ever since.

She’s been in polka bands, rock bands, theater groups, church cantatas, symphony orchestras, jazz trios, and accompanies school concerts when an experienced drummer is needed.

Drum-off with Questlove

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Going back to the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, Nana Dorothea had a chance to drum-off with Questlove.

Questlove or Ahmir Thompson is the drummer for the Grammy-winning hip-hop group The Roots.

They both show off their talent on drums and everyone was happy. And you know who was the happiest? Of course, it’s Jimmy.

Look at this photo:

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The views for this video have already reached over 1.5 million. Some comments say that Dorothea is a Godmother of drumming.

Other commenters say that she is one of the coolest grannies and drummers ever seen.

She’s got Girl Power

Dorothea shared also with Drum Magazine that when she was starting, there were no females playing in drum lines, but she didn’t care.

So, she practiced every single day and loved every minute of it.

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Her advice to upcoming females who want to pursue drum is to go for it and enjoy every bit of it.

Watch her rock Questlove into submission in the video below!

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By Shellie Anne Javier-Follero
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Shellie Anne Javier-Follero is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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