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Steve Gadd

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Steve Gadd, b. Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Uncle, a drummer in the army, encouraged him. Drum lessons from age seven; sat in with Dizzy Gillespie at 11. 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

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Alex Jenkins

Read "Take Five with Alex Jenkins" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Alex Jenkins Alex Jenkins has always been a student of the world, especially its music. Well versed in music styles eastern and western, traditional and contemporary, Alex's sound transcends both traditions and boundaries. His expression of rhythm is most heavily influenced by his study of the tabla, a North Indian classical percussion instrument. This has ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Drummers Roundtable: Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd and Nate Smith

Read "Drummers Roundtable: Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd and Nate Smith" reviewed by Joseph Vella


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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Gadd

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Gadd

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Gadd's birthday today! Steve Gadd, b. Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Uncle, a drummer in the army, encouraged him. Drum lessons from age seven; sat in with Dizzy Gillespie at 11. Studied music at Eastman College, Rochester, playing in wind ensemble and concert band, and at nights in a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Tribute To Chick Corea: Part 3

Read "A Musical Tribute To Chick Corea: Part 3" reviewed by Len Davis


We continue with part 3 of our musical tribute to Chick Corea with music recorded between 1986 and 2018. The Chick Corea Electric Band featuring guitarist Scott Henderson and the Electric band featuring guitarist Mike Miller and drummer Gary Novak and we finish with Steve Gadd and Chick Corea from their album Chinese Butterfly.

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming

Read "Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most kids have heroes. Whether they be athletes, astronauts, artists, astrophysicists, (and that's just the “A's") or any of the many asundered possibilities. Gergo Borlai needn't go passed the “D's" to find his calling. Drumming came early, incredibly early, and he has never looked back. Determination and commitment can be a powerful force. Before long the ...

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Article: Interview

Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music—of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass

Read "Tom Kennedy: Stories From Behind and Beyond The Bass" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Tom Kennedy has never considered himself a prospector, but surely has tapped into a goldmine. As if releasing a hotshot new record wasn't enough, the world class jazz and fusion bassist is in compositional bliss with a bevy of new material yet to be recorded. Kennedy and I talk at length about his new writing technique ...

Album

Riverbeast

Label: ZenneZ Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Man with the Hat (on the Train); If We Can't Trust Each Other; Hoop and Pole; So Long, Redhead; Riverbeast; Doctors Wind; Zombie Chicken; The Road to Gargonza; Song For My Sister; Walk With Me; Blueberry Hell.


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