Chad Wackerman

Chad is a highly skilled jazz and rock drummer. His professional career began with the Bill Watrous group in 1978. He has amassed an impressive body of work, including a seven-year association with Frank Zappa. With whom he toured the USA as well as Europe, and recorded 26 albums including the London Symphony recordings. He has also recorded 6 albums and toured with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, played on the ‘One Voice’ album and video with Barbra Streisand, and recorded albums and toured with artists as diverse as Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Men At Work, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, Dweezil Zappa, Pasqua/Holdsworth/Haslip/Wackerman Group, Terry Bozzio, Carl Verheyen and David Garfield. Chad has toured with James Taylor and John Patitucci as well as Joe Sample and Banned From Utopia’s Joe Sample. He also toured with Joe Sample and Banned From Utopia’s The World Drummers Ensemble (Bill Bruford and Luis Conte, Dou Dou Naye Rose, Chad Wackerman). Chad is a composer and band leader and has five CDs that have been critically acclaimed: ‘Forty Reasons,’ ‘The View,’ ‘Scream,’ ‘Legs Eleven,’ and Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations. Chad is a composer of music for ‘The Dennis Miller Show’ as well as music for Allan Holdsworth’s ‘Secrets, ‘Wardenclyffe Tower, and ‘Sixteen Men of Tain’ CDs. His trio also has a DVD, “Hits Live”, that features live performances. Chad’s drumming blends the power and conviction that rock music has with jazz’s sensitivity and finesse. His playing is remarkable free from recognizable patterns and licks. Instead, he relies on interplay and invention with the musicians around. from

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