A Phil Brodie Band Tribute
in Rochester, New York ~ April 9th 1945
is one of the most sought-after studio musicians, in the world. Regarded
as the most influential drummer in contemporary music, Gadd can play
anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique,
and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways",
Steely Dan's "Aja", and Chick Corea's "Nite Sprite"
were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly
assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts.
is the most acclaimed drummer's drummer of the past quarter century.
From the early 1970s he forged a new era in studio craft with his phenomenal
technique and emotionally intense playing. Whatever the music, be it
jazz, pop, RnB or fusion, Gadd was simply the best.
has performed with:
Rickie Lee Jones
The Gadd Gang
The Brecker Brothers
Al Di Meola
Simon & Garfunkel
and many more the list goes on!!
was for many years synonymous with the Recording Custom kit. Indeed
the association led in no small part to the RC9000 becoming the most
popular professional kit in the world during the 1980s. He popularize
small 10 toms and introduced floor tom-tom stands. He still likes birch
tom-toms, but recently has preferred a maple bass drum. His Clapton
kit comprises 22x14 Maple Custom Absolute bass, 12x8 and 13x9 hanging,
and 14x12 and 16x14 floor-mounted Birch Custom Absolute toms. Othertimes
he uses a small 10x7.5 tom, which he made famous in his studio days,
and drops the 13 tom. For live work he prefers his steel 14x5.5 signature
snare drum. There are five other Steve Gadd signature models in the
SD-255SG 14"x5.5" Snare drum
Steve Gadd Sig. Series
BTT-1010J 10"x7.5" Tom
BTT-1012J 12"x8" Tom
BTT-1014 14"x12" Floor tom
BTT-1016 16"x14" Floor tom
MBD-1322J 22"x14" MAPLE Bass Drum
CS-745 Cymbal stand (4x)
DFP-9310 Double Foot Pedal
DS-840 Drum Stool
HS-1000 Hi-hat Stand
SS-840 Snare Drum Stand
TH-945 Double Tom Holder
WS-904 Double Tom Stand
pic] The Gadd Gang
Steve Gadd, Cornell Dupree, Richard Tee, Eddie Gomez
was born in Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Steve's Uncle, a drummer
in the army, encouraged him to take drum lessons at the age of seven;
by the time Steve was 11 he had sat in with Dizzy Gillespie. Studied
music at Eastman College, Rochester, playing in wind ensemble and concert
band, and at nights in a club with Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Joe
Romano and Frank Pullara. After college, drafted into army and spent
three years in a military band. After the army, gigged and worked with
a big band in Rochester. 1972, formed a trio with Tony Levin and Mike
Holmes, going to New York with it. The trio fizzled out, but Gadd began
to work extensively as a studio musician. He also played with Corea's
first Return to Forever. 1970's and 1980's, toured internationally,
recorded with Paul Simon and with Al DiMeola's Electric Rendezvous Band.
By the end of the 1970's Gadd was the most in-demand and probably the
most imitated drummer in the world. In Japan transcriptions of his solos
were on sale, and all the leading Japanese drummers were sounding like
him. Chick Corea commented, "Every drummer wants to play like Gadd
because he plays perfect . . . He has brought orchestral and compositional
thinking to the drum kit while at the same time having a great imagination
and a great ability to swing." Gadd's favorites are Elvin Jones,
Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, among others.
With many singers, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Barbra
Striesand, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon; with Corea, Three Quartets
(1981), Warner Bros; My Spanish Heart (1976); Friends (1978); The Mad
Hatter (1978), all Polydor; with George Benson, In Concert (1975), CTI;
with Stuff, Stuff (nda), Warner Bros; with DiMeola, Electric Rendezvous
1982), Columbia; with Carla Bley, Dinner Music (1976). Today, Gadd is
as busy as ever, balancing frequent recording dates with a hectic touring
schedule. Some artists include Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller,
Joe Sample, and jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani.
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Steve grew up in
Rochester, where he and his brother tap-danced at a small club, and
where he played with local musicians and bands that passed through.
He studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street; later with John Beck.
He attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, then transferred
to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. After finishing school,
he played in Rochester with Chuck Mangione. In [the late] 1960's, he
went into the Army for three years. He came to New York in 1971 and
quickly became one of the most sought after studio musicians in town.
Steve, a musician who "doesn't believe in labels," has recorded
with artists of all styles and genres, among them Paul Simon, Carly
Simon, Phoebe Snow, Steely Dan, Ashford and Simpson, Aretha Franklin,
Judy Collins, Bette Midler, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Nancy Wilson, Bob
James, and Chick Corea. Until the late 1970's, he remained almost exclusively
a session player, appearing briefly with Chick Corea, Mike Mainieri,
Herbie Mann, and several others. In 1976 he became a member of the group
Stuff with Gordon Edwards, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree, and
Chris Parker, while continuing his heavy schedule of studio work.
are 100's of books, videos, dvd's, and CD's of Steve or which include
(as you can see from the list of artists higher up on this page).
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