Steve Gadd
April 9, 1945
Page I

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Questlove Thompson
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Top Secret Drum Corps
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Vadrum
Andrea Vadrucci

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2 Drum Solos



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Using the Ratamaque

CRAZY ARMY
Excerpt..


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Ratamaques


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Things Ain't What They...


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The Buddy Rich Band
Basically Blue


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October Road



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in Switzerland
(4 Videos)



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MEZ-GA
Switzerland


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Switzerland


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MD Festival


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&
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Just In Time


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Crossroads
2010


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Put It Where You Want It
Montreux - 1997


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Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Tokyo - 1988


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MANHATTAN JAZZ QUINTET
Rosario Drum Solo


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Pocket Groove


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Jazz Groove


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Shuffle Groove


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Crazy Army Studio

Steve Gadd
Appearance PASIC 1995
Phoenix, Arizona


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Crazy Army
LIVE


Steve Gadd
Slowmotion of a great lick
Transcription by Terry Branam


Steve Gadd -
Vinnie Colaiuta - Dave Weckl
The Big Showdown






Steve Gadd...
One of the most influential drummers of all time, Steve Gadd set a new standard in contemporary drumming techniques and performance, and in doing so launched a thousand imitators. Recording so many legendary drum tracks like; " Aja"," Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "Nite Sprite", there is no drummer alive today who in some way has not been effected by Steve Gadd. His influence is still very much felt and can be heard in the playing of everyone from Vinnie Colaiuta to Carter Beauford. And still to this day there is no one who can get "inside" a tune and find the "pocket" quite like the great Steve Gadd.

Steve Gadd 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."

After graduating from Eastman, Steve was drafted into the Army. While carrying out his three-year tour of duty, Steve ended up playing drums in the military band. After leaving the Army, Steve began gigging with a big band in the Rochester area and in 1972, formed a trio with Tony Levin and Mike Holmes. It was after relocating to New York City that Steve became one of the most sought after studio musicians in town. It was as a studio musician that Steve came into his own and worked with such musicians as Chick Corea, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Bob James, Nancy Wilson and Joe Cocker to name a few.

In the 70's and 80's, Steve Cut five albums with Chick Corea, several albums with Al DiMeola including Al's Electric Rendezvous, and recorded and toured with Gato Barbieri, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Maynard Ferguson, Roberta Flack, Jim Hall and of course, Paul Simon.

In 1976 Steve 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. Towards the end of the 70's, Steve had not only become one of the most in-demand drummers, but he had also become one of the most imitated, and revered drummers in the world.The 90's saw Steve become Eric Clapton's first call drummer, solidifying Steve's reputation as one of the most accomplished and skilled drummers of his generation.

Today Steve is just as busy as he ever was with one of the most intense recording and touring schedules in the business, spending time in the studio and on the road with Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and James Taylor.

Steve's influence on the drumming community can be heard in players from all walks of life, whether they know it or not. His feel, imagination, and abilities are the signatures of his trademark sound. Few others can manage to get inside a tune like Steve Gadd."




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It’s the debut CD by a band that has actually been touring sporadically since 2007. Steve Gadd & Friends is comprised of Steve Gadd on drums, Joey DeFrancesco on Hammond organ and trumpet (!), Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax, and Paul Bollenback on guitar. Even though Gadd is a master at all genres, it’s easy to tell that this is the type music he truly enjoys playing the most. Listen to the fine Drumsolo at the end of "Watching The River Flow".








Jeff Beck - Steve Gadd - Eric Clapton








Steve Gadd - Chick Corea





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performed with:

Steely Dan
Chick Corea
Chuck Mangione
Jim Hall
Stanley Clarke
Paul Simon
George Benson
Rickie Lee Jones
The Gadd Gang
Bob James
Cornell Dupree
Richard Tee
Ronnie Cuber
Eddie Gomez
Jon Faddis
Steps
Eric Gale
Anthony Jackson
Michel Petrucciani
Steve Kahn
Gladys Knight
Yusef Lateef
Manhattan Jazz
Quintett
Lew Soloff
Manhattan Transfer
Herbie Mann
Dave Matthews
Paul McCartney
Willie Lee
Dave Liebman
Kenny Loggins
Mike Mainieri
Chuck Mangione
Sergio Mendes
Bette Middler
Herp Alpert
Patti Austin
Chet Baker
Gato Barbieri
Ron Carter
Ray Charles
Eric Clapton
Joe Cocker
Ray Baretto
Joe Beck
Bee Gees
George Benson
Bob Berg
Carla Bley
The Brecker Brothers
Larry Coryell
Deodato
Al Di Meola
Doctor John
Simon & Garfunkel
Frank Sinatra
Spyro Gyra
Ringo Starr
Grover Washington
Mongo Santamaria
Yoshio Suzuki
Michel Urbaniak
Sadao Watanabe
Paquito D'Rivera
John Faddis
Art Farmer
Maynard Ferguson
Georgie Fame
Eric Gale
Bobby Gosh
Kimiko Itoh
Alessi Brothers


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Goffredo Loertscher (Photo Drummerworld) - Steve Gadd



L'IMAGE:
Mike Mainieri - Vibes - Tony Levin - Bass - Steve Gadd - Drums -
Warren Bernhardt - Keyboards - David Spinozza - Guitar




Steve Gadd - Jim Keltner



Steve Gadd - David Garibaldi






Count Basie - Steve Gadd



Brian Bennett (THE SHADOWS) - Steve Gadd







some years ago...








Steve Gadd - Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld)



Steve Gadd - Eddie Gomez



Rick Marotta - Peter Erskine - Steve Gadd



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