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Chad Wackerman

One of the most skilled and talented drummers in all of rock and modern jazz is Chad Wackerman. Born on March 25, 1960 in Long Beach, California, Wackerman studied with some of the finest drummers in the area (including Chuck Flores). 1978 saw the drummer land his first real gig with trombonist Bill Watrous, before landing a spot with Frank Zappa, which would quickly establish Wackerman among the elite of modern-day drummers. Wackerman toured the world with Zappa and appeared on countless albums, including such acclaimed latter day releases as 1981's You Are What You Is, 1986's Jazz from Hell, 1988's Broadway the Hard Way, plus such multi-volume releases as London Symphony Orchestra and You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore. Additionally, Wackerman recorded a series of albums with guitarist Allan Holdsworth, plus session work with such varied artists as Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Men at Work, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, Dweezil Zappa, Tom Grant, and even Barbra Streisand. But Wackerman isn't just confined to studio work, as he's toured the world accompanying James Taylor, John Patitucci, Joe Sample, and another ex-Zappa skinsman, Terry Bozzio. Wackerman has also found the time in his busy schedule to sporadically issue his own solo albums -- including 1991's Forty Reasons, 1993's The View, 2000s Scream, and 2004's Legs Eleven -- perform at drumming clinics around the world, and pen his own instruction book, Double Hi Hat Exercises for the Contemporary Drummer. Besides penning most of the compositions on his own albums, Wackerman has also written songs for Holdsworth and for the Dennis Miller Show. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Phil Collins,John Bonham,Neil Peart,&more Chad you are among them YEAH!!!!!!
The Great Ones Make It Look Easy.
Thanks Chad
I met Chad in holy wood CA. once. We talked about his experiences with Frank Zappa. I loved the groups he was in with Zappa.
Let me tell you Chad, fantasticall y spectacular brother!
EXCELLENT! You are an awesome drummer Chad! GOD bless your talent.
Chad, you have become one of my selected favorites indeed! Great musicianship brother.
Wow ! Of course he played with FZ. Sick drummer..... . . . . . . . .
Way back in the early 90's I walked into a burger joint in San Francisco. Looked over at the next table, and who should be sitting there but Chad Wackerman and Allan Holdsworth. I let them eat in peace, but met them later at a music store clinic. Both super nice, down-to-eart h guys who are INCREDIBLE players.
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Real slick!
Frank Zappa really had a way of identifying exceptional young talent and bringing it into his band. Chad is truely an outstanding drummer.
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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Chad Wackerman when he played an intimate show with his trio in Los Angeles. His feel and explosivenes s behind the kit are even better in person.
Amazing drummer...hi s syncopation and "just sweet swing", his hi-hat work and that great sense of time, and damn fine fills--remin d s me of my old drum teacher Chuck Brown, up in Oakland, who taught Terry Bozio and Garibaldi and even Tony Williams when he was in town. Wackerman is as good as all those guys.

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