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Chad Wakerman


A phenomenally skilled jazz and rock drummer, Chad's professional career began in 1978 with the Bill Watrous band. Since then he has amassed a remarkable body of work including a seven year association with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured the USA and 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 and Tom Grant.
Chad has also toured with James Taylor, John Patitucci , Joe Sample, Banned From Utopia and The World Drummers Ensemble (Bill Bruford, Luis Conte, Dou Dou Ndiaye Rose and Chad Wackerman) and most recently toured the USA with another ex Zappa drummer - Terry Bozzio.

As a band leader and composer Chad has four critically acclaimed CDs titled 'Forty Reasons', 'The View', 'Scream', and his latest release 'Legs Eleven'. Chad has written music for the television show 'The Dennis Miller Show', as well as composing music for Allan Holdsworth's 'Secrets' , 'Wardenclyffe Tower' and 'Sixteen Men of Tain' CDs.
Chad's drumming combines the power and conviction of rock with the sensitivity and finesse of jazz. His playing is remarkably free of predictable patterns and licks, relying instead on invention and interplay with the musicians around him.

His new band, 'The Chad Wackerman Group', features musicians:

Leon Gaer (bass)
Daryl Pratt (midi vibes)
and James Muller (guitar).

Chad Wakerman Born: 3/25/60 Long Beach, California

Studied with Charles Wackerman, Chuck Flores, Murray Spivack and Walt Goodman.

Chad's itinerary has included tours with:
1981-1988 Frank Zappa - USA, Canada and Europe.
1982-1998 Allan Holdsworth - USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.
1985-1986 Men At Work - Japan and Australia.
1989-1992 Andy Summers Band - USA, Mexico, Europe and Japan.
1994 John Patitucci Band - Europe.
1995 "Banned From Utopia" - USA.
1996 Joe Sample - Australia.
1996 "The World Drummers Ensemble" (Bill Bruford, Louis Conte and Doudou Ndiaye Rose) Netherlands and Belgium.
1999 Chad Wackerman Group - Europe
1999 James Taylor with Symphony - USA
2000-2005 "The Art Of Drumming Tour" - Southern USA tour with Terry Bozzio

Chad has recorded albums with Australian artists The Lovers, Marcia Hines, Orange Horse, Grace Knight, Margret Urlich, Ann Kilpatrick, Clint Beattie, Rachel Gaudry and Ed Kuepper. Chad has also performed with Australian Chamber Orchestra director Richard Tognetti and guitarist Slava Grigorian.

As a band leader and composer Chad has four critically acclaimed CDs titled 'Forty Reasons', 'The View', 'Scream' and his latest release 'Legs Eleven'. Chad has written music for the television show 'The Dennis Miller Show', as well as composing music for Allan Holdsworth's 'Secrets' , 'Wardenclyffe Tower' and 'Sixteen Men of Tain' CDs.


Clinician:
Chad tours as a clinician in the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan. He has been a featured artist with the North Texas State University Percussion Ensemble and has given master classes at Berkelee School of Music, Boston, Mass., Percussion Institute of Technology, California. and the Los Angeles Music Academy.

As a solo drum artist Chad has performed at the Modern Drummer Festival in Montclaire, New Jersey, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Los Angeles, The Montreal Drum and Percussion Festival, Canada, The Koblenz Drummer Meeting, Germany, and The Ultimate Drummers Day, Melbourne, Australia and "Rhythm" festival in Marktoberdorf, Germany.

Chad is also the author of the book, 'Double Hi Hat Exercises For The Contemporary Drummer' published by Drum Workshop.


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