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Paul Wertico

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: January 5, 1953    

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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    Impressions of a City

    Chicago Sessions
    2010
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    Impressions of a City

    Chicago Sessions
    2009
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    StereoNucleosis

    A440 Music
    2004
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    Don't Be Scared Anymore

    Premonition Records
    2000
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    Live In Warsaw

    IGMOD
    1998
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    Bang!

    Soul Note
    1996
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    The Yin And The Yout

    Soul Note
    1993

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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...

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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.
Drum Workshop drums, pedals and hardware
Paiste cymbals, sounds and gongs
Remo drumheads and World Percussion
Pro-Mark drumsticks, brushes, mallets, Tubz, KidzTubz, and misc. products.
Shure microphones and products
Slug percussion products
Grip Peddler products
Factory Metal Percussion
Stick Stuff
Alternative Mode/KAT products
XL Specialty cases
Sensaphonics products
Cakewalk products
Alesis products
Universal Audio products
iZotope products
The Drumometer
The Beatnik
The Slapstik
Metrophones
S-Hoop products
Fingerstix
Futz
PC Drummer
Hear Technology products
Puresound Percussion
The Triplet Drum Glove
Power Wrist Builders
The Jinglemute
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