Steve Gadd

Born: April 9, 1945    Primary Instrument: Drums

Steve Gadd

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....
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Steve Gadd has won many prestigious awards in recognition for his outstanding, versatile work in music world. In 2002, he was presented Drummer’s Collective Award. In 2003, he won Zildjian American Drummer’s Achievement Award. In 2005, Gadd received honorary doctorate from renowned Berklee School of Music. In the same year, he was inducted in the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
As Steve Gadd/ with the Gadd Gang:
Gadd About (1984)
The Gadd Gang (1986)
Pigs and Wizards (1987)
Here & Now (1988)
Live at Bottom Line (1988)
Gadd Gang (1991)

With Stuff:
Stuff (1976)
Stuff It (1978)
Live Stuff 1978)
Live In New York (1980)
East (1981)
Best Stuff (1981)

With B.B. King:
Riding with the King

With Chick Corea:
My Spanish Heart
Three Quartets
The Leprechaun
The Mad Hatter
Rendezvous in New York
The Ultimate Adventure (
the unreleased version of Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy)

With Steely Dan:
Aja on (title track)
Gaucho on ("Glamour Profession", "My Rival", "Third World Man" and 'percussion' on "Hey Nineteen")

With Simon and Garfunkel:
The Concert in Central Park

With The Manhattan Transfer:
Mecca for Moderns

With Paul Simon:
One-Trick Pony
Still Crazy After All These Years (50 Ways To Leave Your Lover)
Hearts and Bones
You're the One
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park, August 15, 1991
Late in the Evening

With Steps Ahead:
Smokin' in the Pit

With George Benson:
Bad Benson
Pacific Fire
In Your Eyes
Livin' Inside Your Love
Good King Bad
In Concert-Carnegie Hall

With Joe Brucato:
Free (2007)
Acoustic Joe Vol. 1 (2009)
Thank You Soldier (2010)

With Eric Clapton:
Live at Hyde Park (DVD)
Riding with the King
One More Car, One More Rider
Me and Mr. Johnson
Sessions for Robert J.
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004
Back Home
Clapton Chronicles

With Dr. John:
City Lights
Tango Palace

With James Brown:
Black Caesar

With Al Jarreau:
Breakin' Away
This Time

With Rickie Lee Jones:
Rickie Lee Jones

With Paul McCartney:
Tug Of War
Pipes Of Peace

With Chuck Mangione:
Main Squeeze
Land of Make Believe
Friends And Love

With Michel Petrucciani:
Trio in Tokyo
Both Worlds

With Al Di Meola:
Elegant Gypsy
Orange and Blue
Tour de Force Live
Electric Rendezvous
Splendido Hotel
Land of the Midnight Sun
Consequence of Chaos

With Lee Ritenour:
Feel the Night
Captains Journey

With Bob James
BJ4 (1977)
Touchdown (1978)
Lucky Seven (1979) (Tracks "Rush Hour" and "Blue Lick")

With Michel Jonasz:
Michel Jonasz au Zénith (1993)
Où vont les rêves (2002)

With Sunlightsquare:
Urban Sessions (2006)

With Weather Report
Mr Gone (1978) (Tracks "Young and Fine" and "And Then")

With Funk Factory
Funk Factory (1975) (Tracks "Watusi Dance", "Rien Ne Va Plus", "Funk It" and "Lilliput")

With James Taylor
New Moon Shine, 1993
October Road, 2002[6]
James Taylor: A Christmas Album, 2006

With Art Garfunkel
Some Enchanted Evening, 2007
Songs from a Parent to a Child, 1997

With L'Image
L'Image 2.0, 2009

With Lesley Meguid
The Truth About Love Songs, 2010

With Chet Baker
She Was Too Good to Me, 1974

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Steve Gadd's name 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. Steve 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. Other times 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 series.

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