8 January – Dave Weckl

Dave Weckl - jazz fusion drummer

Dave Weckl (born 8 January 1960) is an American jazz fusion drummer.

He started playing drums when he was about eight and began to work professionally with local pop and jazz groups when we was 16.

In the early 1980s, he joined the New York fusion scene, soon working with artists such as Paul Simon, Madonna, George Benson and Robert Plant. His most famous early work was with the Chick Corea Elektric Band from 1985 to 1991. During this time he performed on numerous albums and also appeared with Corea’s Akoustic Band.

Alongside his work with Corea, he continued his session work, appearing with the GRP All-Star Big Band and recording four albums with the Manhattan Jazz Quintet in the late 1980s.

As a solo artist, Dave has recorded and produced nine recordings to date, including GRP/MCA solo releases Master Plan, Heads Up and Hardwired.

In 1998, he formed the Dave Weckl Band and released five studio records, one live album, a compilation, and instructional videos entitled The Zone.

More recently, Weckl has taken on more sideman work. He regularly joins guitarist Mike Stern, Chuck Loeb, Oz Noy, and Chris Minh Doky and the Nomads, among others. Also, after a 10-year break, the Elektric Band still tours from time to time.

Here he is soloing with the Chick Corea Elektric Band at Montreux 2004.

Information from Dave Weckl and Wikipedia


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