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Paul Wertico

Born: January 5, 1953    Primary Instrument: Drums

Paul Wertico

Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today”, Paul was born on January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion instruments in grade school. At age 14, he got his first drum set and taught himself how to play it. By age 15, he was already playing professionally with various rock and jazz bands. By the early '70s, he was a fixture of the Chicago music scene, playing and recording with a multitude of diverse artists including legendary jazz saxophonist Joe Daley, ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner, blues-rock vocalist/guitarist Ellen McIlwaine, rock singer Adrian Smith, folk singer Terry Callier, ECM-influenced guitarist Ross Traut, the fusion-based Simon & Bard Group, and a whole list of others. Always active in various realms of creative and avant-garde music, he most notably started two cooperative bands — Earwax Control with multi-instrumentalist Jeff Czech and keyboardist Gordon James, and Spontaneous Composition with multi-reed player Rich Corpolongo and bassist Doug Lofstrom....
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Reviews of Impressions Of A City:

“… a wildly unpredictable journey into one man’s apparently inexhaustible sonic imagination. Weird electronic effects, straight-ahead jazz, scorching blues, rock-tinged guitar wails, ambient sounds of the city - it’s all there on the CD… the CD unfolds with a grandeur and over-arching shape that would lead you to conclude vast amount of planning had gone into it… [That the album was completely improvised] helps explain the vitality and spontaneity of the recording but not its high degree of instrumental detail or its sense of cascading climaxes and resolutions. In effect, Impressions Of A City captures the frenetic, too-many-things-happening-at-once sense of an urban metropolis, expressed in the language of jazz and its many off-shoots… a rare combination of jazz tradition and anything-goes experimentation. The miracle is that the two fuse so easily in a recording that spans 18 tracks but unfolds as if it’s one, rip-roaring epic.”

- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, November 2009.

“… a soundtrack waiting for a film… This is the soundtrack I suspect Hieronymus Bosch would have written had he been a modern composer watching the news… Despite the sometimes nightmarish and chaotic nature, the level of musicianship never ceases to attain a high level. Moulder and Rabin handle the guitars with exuberance, Markovitch soars on saxes, while Wertico himself plays at times like a dervish possessed by his own personal demons looking to break free… Peters provides some chewy bass, synths, violin and an assortment of unusual instruments and sounds, while Rabin’s loops and sounds also add layers of texture to the overall atmosphere. Haunting and memorable, Impressions Of A City is an engaging musical experiment and one that is highly unique.”

- Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net, November 2009.

“Replete with crash, clatter and soundscapes of all stripes, Paul Wertico’s newly formed Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance takes a sonically engrossed look at the modern city via a day-in-the-life motif… the record meshes Eastern and Western tones in exploring the anxiety-enriched landscape we call modern life… Wertico ends the record the way Bob Dylan is prone to do after serving up heaps of distress, with a shrug of the shoulders and a joke: “Good Night and Good Luck.” This is musical narrative at its finest. A fanfare for the common (and mechanistically exploited) 21st century man and woman.”

- Matt Marshall, Jazz Inside NY, November 2009.

“Between the jungly atmosphere of “What Should I Wear Today” and the quirky shredding within “Word Salad”, Wertico and friends include enough elements to please both picky jazz purists and rock fans alike, mixing hardcore distortion on the axe with synths, saxes, and the ambient soundscape. So pretty standard stuff, as far as insane avant-garde recording sessions with legendary fusion-jazz drummers go”

- A.V. Club, The Onion, November 2009.

“The music on this album is like nothing you’ve heard recently… these five musicians had never worked as one unit before stepping into the studio, where they improvised everything you hear on this disc… Wertico and company have constructed a panoramic palette of tonal colors and sonic designs, a broad wash of landscape imagery and topographical detail and deep-fathom waves (and even a little smoke-and-mirrors). His instincts remain intact: this quintet of collision, patched together on a whim, achieves the unity of purpose that Wertico imagined - even without preparation or rehearsal. As they’ve done on the trio’s previous recordings, Moulder and Peters manage to give themselves over to the music without subsuming their own unique personae; meanwhile, the new guys add a stream of fresh ideas, renewing the well from which this music springs. Holding it all in his remarkably strong hands is Wertico himself, one of the most energetic, inventive, and masterful drummers in any genre, on one of the most impressively spontaneous albums you’ll find on this planet - or any other.”

- Neil Tesser (from the liner notes)

“One of the most experimental acoustic drummers around. Sometimes beautiful, other times tense or just plain spooky, Impressions Of A City ought to go some way toward correcting the dubious reputation of avant-garde music.”
- DRUM!, January 2010.

“What makes the music work is not only that Wertico is not content to just “play it straight” as a drummer but that his skills as a conceptualist/leader may even be greater. A heads-up for all budding drummers (check out Wertico's inventive pause of a solo on “My Side Of The Story”) who would like to hear and create music that goes beyond just keeping time.” - 4 ½ stars
- John Ephland, Downbeat, March 2010.

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Reviews of Paul Wertico's Drum Philosophy:

THE HIT LIST: Drumming Videos That Set The Standard
“This exceptional reissue is one of the most valuable videos on the market for the advanced drummer. Wertico's creative drumming offers a welcome alternative to today's typically dogmatic, technique-laden instructional.”
- Modern Drummer, December 2009.

“No mere instructional video, Paul Wertico's concise offering shows the former Pat Metheny Group drummer's extraordinary musicality and intuitive approach to the instrument parlayed into an enjoyable if unconventional 110-minutes of instruction. Whether dissecting the finer points of grip or how to get the widest range of tones out of your cymbals, Wertico makes clear he's one of rhythm's deepest voyagers.”
- DRUM!, October 2009.

Paul Wertico Drum Philosophy offers a framework to playing the instrument not just as a drummer, but as a true musician. I highly recommend this DVD as it really does represent what I would consider a fresh approach to the drums from the perspective of pure musicality.”
- Drum.com

“As you might have gleaned from this review, Paul is an extremely musical drummer whose ample chops take a backseat to his groove with the band, as it should be. I recommend this DVD to all drummers looking to improve their musicianship and creativity.”
- Tiger Bill's Drum Beat
As A Leader:

Impressions Of A City
Paul Wertico's Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance
Chicago Sessions
2009
Tracks: A Light Too Soon; What Should I Wear Today; Bumper To Bumper; Late Again; Beauty Wherever You Can Find It; The Boss Needs To See You; 15 Minutes For Lunch; I Probably Shouldn't Have Done That; The Inside Track; A Chance To Breathe; Lake Fish Flowers; My Side Of The Story; Word Salad; Closing The Deal; Drive At Five; Reflections On The Day; I Think I'm Hungry; Good Night And Good Luck.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums. John Moulder: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fretless guitar. Brian Peters: electric bass, duduk, shvi, soundscapes, synthesizer, violin, piano. Dani Rabin: electric guitar, looping, prepared guitar, slides. Danny Markovitch: electric soprano/tenor saxophones.

Another Side
Paul Wertico Trio
The Naim Label
2006
Tracks: The Big Organ; Children Of The Night; Little Creatures; A Slow Stroll Round A Black Hole; Brian's B.S. (Bass Solo); O Man; Ain't No Thing (Drum Intro); Sticks & Stones; The Gong Show (Percussion Intro); I Gotta Be Chi; The Noisy Neighbor (Drum Intro); Dining By Rail; Homage To Someone Else's Ancestors (Drum Intro); Mideastern Standard Time; Beauty & The Beholder; If You're Still A Round.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums & percussion. John Moulder: guitar. Brian Peters: bass, organ.

StereoNucleosis
Wertico
A440 Music Group
2004
Tracks: Corner Conversation; We Needed The Rain; Somewhere In Between; Desert Sky; First, Bass; The Eleventh Hour; You Can Get There From Here; What Would The World Be; 30 dBs Below Zero; Almost Sixteen; Down And Out On The Farm; Twisted Hoedown; [Hidden Track: Searching For Buddy Holly].
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums, percussion, hand claps. John Moulder: acoustic guitar, electric guitars, guitar synth. Eric Hochberg: acoustic bass, trumpet, vocals. Barbara Wertico: keyboards, hand claps. Brian Peters: fretless bass, violin, electric guitar, electric bass, Ebow, hand claps. Talia Wertico: vocal commentary, hand claps. Rocky: dog barks.

Don't Be Scared Anymore
Paul Wertico Trio
Premonition Records
2000
Tracks: Clybourn Strut; The Underground; African Sunset; The Visit; Liftoff; Long Journey's End; Taliaville; Justa Little Tuna; Testament.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums & percussion. John Moulder: guitars. Eric Hochberg: basses, guitar, trumpet.

Live In Warsaw!
Paul Wertico Trio
Igmod Records
1998
Tracks: Introduction; Toms For Talia (Drum Intro); Cowboys & Africans; Little "e"; Time For The Blues; Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; Magical Space; Give The Drummer's Sum (Drum Intro); 8 x 12; Closing Announcements.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums. John Moulder: guitar. Eric Hochberg: bass.

The Yin And The Yout
Paul Wertico
Intuition Records
1993
Tracks: Peruvian Folk Song; Don't Look Back; The Long Chart; Dance Of The Hunters; From Here To There; Days Like These; Element 103; The Max Factor; Triune; Cowboys & Africans.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: acoustic drums & percussion, electronic drums & percussion, drum & percussion programming, cymbals. Dave Liebman: soprano sax. Bob Mintzer: tenor sax. David Mann: alto sax, soprano sax. Howard Levy: penny whistle, jew's harp, recorder. Brian Keane: acoustic & electric guitars. Yu Gno Who: guitar synthesizer. Richie Beirach: acoustic piano. Michael Bearden: keyboards. Barbara Unger-Wertico: keyboards, sequencing & programming. Victor Bailey: electric bass. Dave Holland: acoustic bass. Mino Cinelu: congas. Nik John Bariluk: synthesizer. Bill Syniar: programming. Peter Schwartz: additional keyboard sound programming.

As A Co-Leader:

Ampersand
Brian Peters and Paul Wertico
Rat Howl Ricords
2007
Tracks: Sinking Of The Zenobia; The Tundra; November Frontlines; Crayfish; Wormwood; Boolean Mortality; &Hearts; Halyard; The Park; Soul Partition; Dead Pixels; [Hidden Track: The Park (arrangement for 22 kilosamples and 8 bits)].
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drum kit. Brian Peters: everything else.

Jazz Impressions 1
Silvano Monasterios, Mark Egan & Paul Wertico
Dogleg Music
2007
Tracks: Alone Together; Wildflower; Very Early; Falling Grace; Jerusalem; Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; Avila/Drum Solo.
Personnel: Silvano Monasterios: acoustic piano. Mark Egan: electric bass. Paul Wertico: drums.

State Of The Union
Laurence Hobgood, Brian Torff & Paul Wertico
Naim Audio
1999
Tracks: Don't Look Back; Bekiduan; State Of The Union; Jacob's Ladder; Double Rainbow; How About You?; Where Is Love?; Calling Song; Spirit's Rejoice; Mice; Willow Weep For Me; Beyond Words; Mandela; State Of Mind.
Personnel: Laurence Hobgood: acoustic piano. Brian Torff: bass. Paul Wertico: drums & percussion.

The Sign Of 4
Derek Bailey, Pat Metheny, Gregg Bendian & Paul Wertico
Knitting Factory Works
1997
Tracks: A Study In Scarlet; Evidently; Untidy Habits; The Rule Of Three; Strange Story; The Aurora; Tracks; A Break In The Chain; One Object; Euclid; Fortune; Pointed Arrows; Trichinopoly; Ransom; Antecedents; In Quest Of A Solution.
Personnel: Derek Bailey: guitars. Pat Metheny: guitars. Gregg Bendian: drums & percussion. Paul Wertico: drums & percussion.

Union
Laurence Hobgood, Brian Torff & Paul Wertico
Naim Audio
1997
Tracks: Star Crossed Lovers; The Very Thought Of You; Amazing Grace; Not Enough Of Too Much; My One And Only Love; Laurel House; Wonderous Love; I'm Glad There Is You; Inflections; Blue In Green; The Late, Late Blues; Free Lunch; What Am I Here For; Final Thought.
Personnel: Laurence Hobgood: acoustic piano. Brian Torff: bass. Paul Wertico: drums.

BANG!
Paul Wertico & Gregg Bendian
Truemedia Jazzworks
1996
Tracks: Pulse Paths; Ballad?; Dancing In Tiers; Criss-Cross Currents; Titlewaive; Metal Urge; Scarlet Constellations; Worn March.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums & percussion. Gregg Bendian: drums & percussion.

2 LIVE
Earwax Control
Naim Audio
1994
Tracks: Band Introduction; The Ditch At The Side Of The Tracks; Painful And Shocking (As The Details Often Are); Clevinger Did Forget, And Now He's Dead; Neutral Categories Of Error; The Burning At Ashtabula Bridge; March Of The Hypocrites; Pork Went Up; Took A Drive - Hit A Ghost; As A Young Girl; Flopped Into A Puddle Three Feet Deep; Here We Divide The Plunder.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: acoustic & electric drums and percussion, weird noises & feedback, electric & toy keyboards, microphone gooseneck, flute. Jeff Czech: acoustic & electric bass, guitar, vocals, violin, bugle, crow call, percussion. Gordon James: analogue & digital synthesizers, acoustic piano, melodica, percussion.

Earwax Control
Earwax Control
Depot Records
1984
Tracks: Let's Mecca Deal; The Persistence Of Dr. Young's Theory; The Decision; No Turkey In The Jungle; 4 AM Prostate; Camp 45; Trance In My Pants; Tiny Alice; Peruvian Pipeline; Dogshit Blues.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums & percussion. Jeff Czech: bass, guitar, musette, vocals, percussion. Gordon James: keyboards.

Spontaneous Composition
Spontaneous Composition
Spoco Records
1981
Tracks: Prelude; Bird Dirge; 1 + 2; Flutter-Wings; Chinese New Year (a) Spirit Play (b) Dance; No Survivors (a) Fog-bound (b) Lost At Sea; March Of The Schnatskis; And Stay Out! -or- I Thought I Told You To Take Those Roller Skates Off The Stairs!.
Personnel: Paul Wertico: drums & percussion. Doug Lofstrom: bass, bamboo flute, percussion, vocal effects. Rich Corpolongo: alto & soprano sax, clarinet & bass clarinet, flute, alto flute, piccolo, Maestro Woodwind Sound System, Echoplex.

As A Band Member:

Impressions
The Larry Coryell Organ Trio
Chesky Records
2008

Live In Theatre 2005
SBB
Metal Mind Productions
2006

New Century
SBB
Metal Mind Productions
2005

ODLOT Live 2004
SBB
Silesia Records
2005

Anthology 1974-2004 [22 CD Box Set]
SBB
Metal Mind Productions
2004

Tricycles
Larry Coryell Trio
Favored Nations Records
2004

Selected Recordings
Pat Metheny
ECM Records
2004

The Power Trio Live In Chicago
Larry Coryell
HighNote Records
2003

Nastroje
SBB
Jazz'n'Java Records
2002

TRIO Live Tournee 2001
SBB
Silesia Records
2002

The Golden Harp
SBB
SBB Records
2001

Good bye!
SBB
Moskito Records
2000

Imaginary Day
Pat Metheny Group
Warner Bros. Records
1998

Quartet
Pat Metheny Group
Geffen Records
1996

We Live Here
Pat Metheny Group
Geffen Records
1995

The Road To You
Pat Metheny Group
Geffen Records
1993

Secret Story
Pat Metheny
Geffen Records
1992

Letter From Home
Pat Metheny Group
Geffen Records
1989

Still Life (Talking)
Pat Metheny Group
Geffen Records
1987

The Falcon And The Snowman
Pat Metheny Group
EMI Records
1985

First Circle
Pat Metheny Group
ECM Records
1984

The Enormous Radio
Simon & Bard Group
Flying Fish Records
1984

Tear It Up
Simon & Bard Group
Flying Fish Records
1982

Musaic
Simon & Bard
Flying Fish Records
1980

As A Sideman:

Bifröst
John Moulder
Origin Records
2009

The Exile Of Dreams
Vangelis Katsoulis
Blue Note Records
2008

Faith & Works
Scott Earl Holman Trio
Crumblehead Records
2008

Wakefulness
Jim Trompeter
JT Records
2008

Thousand Miles
Julio Awad
SGAE "Global Jazz"
2008

Circle
Piotr Wojtasik
SOJazz Records
2007

Passport
Matt Geraghty Project
MGP Records
2007

Trinity
John Moulder
Origin Records
2006

Life Lessons
Terry Callier
Demon Music Group
2006

It's About The Music
Jill Jensen & Jack Grassel
Frozen Sky Records
2006

Later
Synergy
NeXtep
2006

An Unbearably Short Glance
Vangelis Katsoulis
Libra Music
2005

Uncommon Denominator
Mike Phillips
Hidden Beach Recordings
2005

Acoustic Privacy
Insout
TRP Music
2005

Back To The North
Apostolis Anthimos
Metal Mind Productions
2005

nadaquedeclarar
Frontera Cero
La Flamenca Records
2005

Tales Of The Water
Anthony Plessas
MusicLtd
2005

The Magical Makeilah
The Beth Emet Youth Choir 2004-2005
BE Records
2005

Nous Icons
Lefteris Christofis
Blue Note Records
2005

La Zona Blanca
Pat Belliveau
Pabco Music
2005

Upper Palette
Tom Mac
Mac Group Productions
2003

Man In The Air
Kurt Elling
Blue Note Records
2003

Under The Moon
Barbara Sfraga
A440 Music Group
2003

Surrender to Love
Kindred The Family Soul
Hidden Beach Recordings
2003

Songs For The Swing Set
Allegra Rosenberg & Talia Wertico
RAW Records
2003

The Whistling Pig Presents Songs From The Heart
Doctor Doug & Bobbie Stuart
Whistling Pig Records
2003

Best Of Bowie
David Bowie
EMI Records
2002

Gaucho Batuta
Frank Kvinge
Batuta Records
2002

haitek haiku
Niels Lan Doky
Emarcy/Universal Music
2001

Silent Voyage
Vangelis Katsoulis
Libra Music
2001

Live At The Green Mill
Frank Catalano
Delmark Records
2001

Transparent Mask
Ken Nordine
Asphodel Records
2001

SuperChatarraEsp̩shal
Gillespi
Ultradeforme Records
2001

Steam
John Williams
Green Linnet Records
2001

Stay With It
Rob Ryndak
Southport Records
2001

ad halom
Shakshuka
Shakshuka Records
2001

On The First
Hanako Takami
East West Japan Records
2001

Hebrew In Song
Ronit Ben-Arie
Ronit Ben-Arie Records
2000

Asian Sessions
Niels Lan Doky
Emarcy/Universal Music
1999

Lifetime
Terry Callier
Blue Thumb Records
1999

Cat's Cradle
Tom Gullion
Naim Audio
1999

Just Havin' Some Fun
Bobby Lewis
Southport Records
1999

Live For The Moment
Willy Schwarz
Clearspot/EFA
1999

This Time It's Love
Kurt Elling
Blue Note Records
1998

TimePeace
Terry Callier
Verve Forecast Records
1998

The Messenger
Kurt Elling
Blue Note Records
1997

Pandora's Pocket
Rex Richardson
Igmod Records
1997

Through The Open Door
John Moulder
Mo-Tonal Records
1997

Flugel Gourmet
Bobby Lewis
Southport Records
1997

Cookin' For You
Eddie Marshall
Song-o-sau'rus Records
1996

Just Found Joy
Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two
Delmark Records
1996

Close Your Eyes
Kurt Elling
Blue Note Records
1995

Inner Drive
Frank Gregory
Valley Vue Records
1995

Here I Go Again
Bobby Lewis
Southport Records
1995

Ultimate Christmas
Chicago Hitmen
Kimber K
1995

Passion Flower
Bobby Lewis
Southport Records
1994

Days We Can't Forget
Apostolis Anthimos
Gowi Records
1994

Upper Limbo
Ken Nordine
Grateful Dead Records
1993

Awakening
John Moulder
Mo-Tonal Records
1993

Inside This Song
Bobby Lewis
Southport Records
1993

Watermelon Sugar
Watermelon Sugar
Tin Mad Dog Records
1993

Anthems
Paul Winter
Living Music Records
1992

Angel On A Stone Wall
Paul Halley
Living Music Records
1991

Earth: Voices Of A Planet
Paul Winter
Living Music Records
1990

Ear Package
Ken Nordine
Snail Records
1990

Sleeping Giant
Don Bennett
Southport Records
1990

Arms Around You
Eugene Friesen
Living Music Records
1989

Usually/Always
Fred Simon
Windham Hill Records
1988

Shock Of The New
Brad Goode
Delmark Records
1988

Harmonica Jazz
Howard Levy
Tall Thin Records
1987

Grandson Of Word Jazz
Ken Nordine
Snail Records
1986

Walk Me To the War
Andrew Calhoun
Flying Fish Records
1986

Sniggles, Squirrels, And Chicken Pox Volume 1
Miss Jackie
Miss Jackie Music
1986

On The Future Of Aviation
Jerry Goodman
Private Music
1985

Triple Talk
Ken Nordine
Snail Records
1984

Collage
Andre Caporaso
Blue Room Records
1984

Jazz Inside Out
Guy Fricano
Forever Jazz Records
1984

Green Things
Dave Gordon
Sparrow Sound Design
1984

Children's Record
Fred Koch
WK Productions
1983

I Don't Want To See Myself Without You
Terry Callier
Acid Jazz Records
1982

Getting Hooked On
Rich Fudoli
Phonogragh Records
1982

Music Is Magic
Peggy Pascal & Jill Hearn
Sweet Punkin Productions
1982

The Jazz Dance Workout Giordano Technique
David Cloud & Jeffrey Thomas
Orion Records
1982

Luminescence
Michael Smith
Shmo Records
1981

Everybody Needs It
Ellen McIlwaine
Blind Pig Records
1980

The Sun Rises Late Here
Paul Berliner and KUDU
Flying Fish Records
1979

Compilations:

A Chicago Jazz Tour
Paul Wertico Trio (Collection/w various artists)
"Big Chicago" Records
2007

The Sampler 6
Paul Wertico Trio (Collection/w various artists)
The Naim Label
2007

Pro-Mark Collector's Edition Volume 4
Paul Wertico (Collection/w various artists)
Pro-Mark
2005

The Power Of Music
Paul Wertico (Collection/w various artists)
A440 Music Group
2004

True Stereo
Union (Collection/w various artists)
The Naim Label
2003

Drum Workshop 30th Anniversary Collection
Paul Wertico Trio (Collection/w various artists)
Drum Workshop
2002

Celebrating 20 Years Of The Montreal Jazz Festival 1980-2000
Pat Metheny Group (Collection/w various artists)
Image Entertainment
2002

The Chicago Music Scene
Jackie Allen (Collection/w various artists)
"Big Chicago" Records
2002

Pro-Mark Collector's Edition Volume 3
Paul Wertico and Earwax Control (Collection/w various artists)
Pro-Mark
2001

The Sampler 3
Union (Collection/w various artists)
The Naim Label
2001

Blue Note Years, Vol. 7: Blue Note Now & Then
Kurt Elling (Collection/w various artists)
Blue Note Records
1999

Chicago Rapid Transit / Grooves '99"
Terry Callier (Collection/w various artists)
NoVo Records
1999

Howard Mandel's "Future Jazz"
Pat Metheny/Derek Bailey/Greg Bendian/Paul Wertico (Collection/w various artists)
Knitting Factory
1999

Mile by Jazz Mile
Kurt Elling (Collection/w various artists)
Lakeshore Jazz
1999

The Sampler 2
Union (Collection/w various artists)
The Naim Label
1999

Pro-Mark Collector's Edition Volume 2
Paul Wertico and Earwax Control (Collection/w various artists)
Pro-Mark
1998

MD Hot Trax
Paul Wertico (Collection/w various artists)
Modern Drummer
1998

Blue Box, Vol. 2: Finest Jazz Vocalists
Kurt Elling (Collection/w various artists)
EMI Int'l
1998

Woman Who Swing Chicago
Jackie Allen (Collection/w various artists)
"Big Chicago" Records
1998

The Sampler
Union (Collection/w various artists)
The Naim Label
1998

A Chicago Jazz Tour
Kurt Elling (Collection/w various artists)
"Big Chicago" Records
1997

Jazz Central Station Global Jazz Poll Winners, Vol. 1
Pat Metheny Group (Collection/w various artists)
Encoded Music
1997

Sanctuary: 20 Years of Windham Hill
Fred Simon (Collection/w various artists)
Windham Hill Records
1996

Bob Belden's Shades Of Blue
Kurt Elling and His Trio (Collection/w various artists)
Blue Note Records
1996

Esquire Jazz Collection: Crosstown Traffic
Kurt Elling (Collection/w various artists)
Blue Note Records
1995

Jazz á go-go A-008
Paul Wertico Trio (Collection/w various artists)
Jazz á go-go Records
1994

A Musical History Of The Decade 1980-1990
Pat Metheny Group (Collection/w various artists)
Geffen Records
1991

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Primary Instrument:
Drums

Location:
Skokie, IL

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
1968-Present - Teaching Private Drum Lessons
1992-2008 - Drum Set Instructor/Wind & Percussion Faculty of Northwestern University
2002-Present - Drum Set Instructor/Jazz Faculty of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
2008-Present - Assistant Professor and Head of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

Current Private Drum Lesson Rate: $100.00 Per Hour
Lessons Are Made By Appointment

Clinic/Workshop Information:
"TECHNIQUES TO ENHANCE EXPRESSION, ENDURANCE, TONE & MUSICALITY"

In the clinic, Paul describes four types of drummers:
1) The type of drummer that both musicians & drummers appreciate
2) The type of drummer that only musicians appreciate
3) The type of drummer that only drummers appreciate
4) The type of drummer that neither musicians & drummers appreciate

Paul also covers in depth, a multitude of topics, concepts and techniques that apply to both drumming, and musicianship in general.

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Paiste cymbals, sounds and gongs
Remo drumheads and World Percussion
Pro-Mark drumsticks, brushes, mallets, Tubz, KidzTubz, and misc. products.
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