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Steve Gadd

Steve Gadd's Biography

Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians, in the world. Regarded as the most influential drummer in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways", Steely Dan's "Aja", and Chick Corea's "Nite Sprite" were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts.

Gadd attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, then finished at Eastman School of Music. Before that, he studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street and John Beck. He established himself with Chuck Mangione, then spent three years in the Army prior to coming to New York and doing studio work in 1971.

He rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene and has since played with a wide variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Frank Sinatra, and Stuff.

After a period of touring and recording with his own band, the Gadd Gang, he provided the spark that ignited Paul Simon's South African inspired, Grammy Award-winning recordings and dynamic live touring band.

Today, Gadd is as busy as ever, balancing frequent recording dates with a hectic touring schedule. Some artists include Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, and jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani.

Steve Gadd's Gear
Steve Gadd

Gear List

SD-255SG Steve Gadd Sig. Series BTT-1010J 10"x7.5" Tom BTT-1012J 12"x8" Tom BTT-1014 14"x12" Floor tom BTT-1016 16"x14" Floor tom MBD-1322J 22"x14" MAPLE Bass Drum CS-745 Cymbal stand (4x) DFP-9310 Double Foot Pedal DS-840 Drum Stool HS-1000 Hi-hat Stand SS-840 Snare Drum Stand TH-945 Double Tom Holder WS-904 Double Tom Stand