Chad Wackerman
March 25, 1960
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Chad Wackerman...
A phenomenally skilled jazz and rock drummer, Chad's professional career began in 1978 with the Bill Watrous band. Since then he has amassed a remarkable body of work including a seven year association with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured the USA and Europe and recorded 26 albums including the London Symphony recordings.

He has also recorded 6 albums and toured with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, played on the 'One Voice' album and video with Barbra Streisand, and recorded albums and toured with artists as diverse as Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Men At Work, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, Dweezil Zappa and Tom Grant.

Chad has also toured with James Taylor, John Patitucci , Joe Sample, Banned From Utopia and The World Drummers Ensemble (Bill Bruford, Luis Conte, Dou Dou Ndiaye Rose and Chad Wackerman) and most recently toured the USA with another ex Zappa drummer - Terry Bozzio.

As a band leader and composer Chad has four critically acclaimed CDs titled 'Forty Reasons', 'The View', 'Scream', and his latest release 'Legs Eleven'. Chad has written music for the television show 'The Dennis Miller Show', as well as composing music for Allan Holdsworth's 'Secrets' , 'Wardenclyffe Tower' and 'Sixteen Men of Tain' CDs.

Chad's drumming combines the power and conviction of rock with the sensitivity and finesse of jazz. His playing is remarkably free of predictable patterns and licks, relying instead on invention and interplay with the musicians around him.

































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...from Chad Wackerman
Hi Bernhard,
I just checked out your site. Well done. Thanks very much - I'm very flattered. Thanks again for including me in your website. All the best
Chad Wackerman







performed with:
Doug Lunn
Mikwe Miller
Carl Verheyen
Leon Gaer
Daryl Pratt
James Muller
Frank Zappa
Allan Holdsworth
Men At Work
Albert Lee
Colin Hay
James Taylor
Barbra Streisand
Ed Mann
Makoto Saitoh
Michael Villmo
Andy Summers
Bill Watrous
Bunny Brunel
John Patitucci
Dweezil Zappa
Steve Vai
Banned From Utopia
Tom Grant
Joe Sample
KBB
Spies
Louie Shelton
Adam Brand
Vinnie Colaiuta
Napoleon Murphy Brock
Denny Walley
Ray White
Jim Cox
Roy Estrada
Terry Bozzio
Bob Harris
The World Drummers Ensemble
Bill Bruford
Luis Conte
Dou Dou Ndiaye Rose


...and many more