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, Pasqua/Holdsworth/Haslip/Wackerman Group, Terry Bozzio, Carl Verheyen and David Garfield.
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) .
As a band leader and composer Chad has five critically acclaimed CDs: 'Forty Reasons', 'The View', 'Scream', 'Legs Eleven' and his latest release, Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations. 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. His trio has a performance DVD, 'Hits Live'.
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.
Chad Wackerman Resume
Studied with Charles Wackerman, Chuck Flores, Murray Spivack and Walt Goodman.
Chad's itinerary has included tours with:
Selected Discography (Solo Records)
Forty Reasons -
Allan Holdsworth - Atavachron
'Zappa Halloween Special' (MTV) Live at New York Palladium
Chad has been featured in the following magazines:
As a band leader and composer, Chad has five critically acclaimed CDs titled, Forty Reasons, The View, Scream, Legs Eleven and his latest release Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations. Chad also has a DVD out with his trio titled 'Hits Live'. Chad has written for the television show 'The Dennis Miller Show' as well as composing for Allan Holdsworth's 'Secrets', 'Wardenclyffe Tower', and 'Sixteen Men of Tain' CDs.
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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Drum Workshop Drums