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Steve Gadd

Biography

A well-respected drummer that has appeared in lots of types of configurations in many styles, Steve Gadd’s impressive technique and versatility have already been influential in the past twenty years. He began playing drums at age three, sat along with Dizzy Gillespie when he was 11, and after considerable study along with a stint within the Military, Gadd became a significant studio drummer from 1972. Among his even more significant jazz organizations have already been with Chick Corea (beginning in 1975), Bob Wayne, Al DiMeola, Tom Scott, Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, the group Stuff, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, and his personal impressive music group (the Gadd Gang) which documented for Columbia in 1986 and 1988.

Quick Facts


Full Name Steve Gadd
Profession Drummer, Session musician
Education Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music
Nationality American
Children Meaghan Gadd
Music Groups Steely Dan, Stuff, Weather Report, Return to Forever, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, The Crusaders, Sunlightsquare
Music Songs Do It Again, Reelin' In the Years, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Deacon Blues, Hey Nineteen, My Old School, Kid Charlemagne, Aja, Peg, Birdland, Black Cow, Dirty Work, Teen Town, Don't Take Me Alive, Any Major Dude Will Tell You, Haitian Divorce, Pretzel Logic, Josie, Babylon Sisters, Bodhisaltva, Rose Darling, Show Biz Kids, Home at Last, Doctor Wu, Only a Fool Would Say That, Time Out of Mind, Keep That Same Old Feeling, Glamour Profession, Black Friday, A Remark You Made, Midnight Cruiser, Way Back Home
Albums The Gadd Gang, Super Trio, Aja, Live at Voce, Legends: Live at Montreux 1997, Street Life, Pretzel Logic, 8:30, Heavy Weather, The Royal Scam, Can't Buy a Thrill, Katy Lied, Countdown to Ecstasy, Two Against Nature, Alive in America, Light as a Feather, Sportin' Life, More Stuff, Weather Report, Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Black Market, I Sing the Body Electric, Mysterious Traveller, Everything Must Go, Greatest Hits, Citizen Steely Dan, A Decade of Steely Dan, Drumscores, Steve Gadd Drumscores, Vol. 2, Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story, 1972–1980, Masada
Movies Live in Hyde Park, Steve Gadd: In Session, Steve Gadd: Master Series, Kimiko Itoh: An Evening with Kimiko Itoh, Modern Drummer: Festival Weekend 1997, Slowhand at 70 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall


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#Fact
1 Father-in-law of Nat Faxon.
2 Father of daughter Meagan Gadd.
3 Longtime drummer in Eric Clapton's band.
4 Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2005.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2008 TV Series musician - 1 episode
Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2007 TV Special musician: drums
The Last Mimzy 2007 musician: drums
Great Performances 2006 TV Series musician - 1 episode
The Van 1996 musician: drums: Eric Clapton's band
Hors-la-loi 1985 musician: drums
The Wiz 1978 musician: drums - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 2000 TV Series Drums
Paul McCartney: Take It Away 1982 TV Movie Second Drummer
One-Trick Pony 1980 Danny Duggin

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cándida 2006 performer: "Wish I Were A Cowboy"
Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J 2004 Video documentary performer: "Kind Hearted Woman", "They're Red Hot", "Hell Hound on My Trail", "Sweet Home Chicago", "When You Got a Good Friend", "Milk Cow's Calf Blues", "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day", "Stop Breaking Down", "Little Queen of Spades", "Traveling Riverside Blues"
People: A Musical Celebration 1995 TV Movie "Welcome to Our World", "Festa Brasilera"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Iron Maiden: Maiden England 1989 Video documentary backliner
Iron Maiden: Behind the Iron Curtain 1985 Video documentary crew: Iron Maiden Tour

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2015 Himself
Jazz for Japan 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
There We Were: The Recording of James Taylor's Before This World 2015 Video documentary short Himself (drums)
Legends: Live at Montreux 2005 Video Himself
Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J 2004 Video documentary Himself - Drums
Krechetalo 2004 TV Series Himself
Rendezvous in New York 2004 Video documentary Himself
Eric Clapton and Friends 2003 Documentary Himself
Eric Clapton: One More Car, One More Rider - Live on Tour 2001 2002 Video documentary Himself (Drums)
Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself (Drums)
Eric Clapton: Live in Hyde Park 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself - Drums
Chick Corea and Friends: Live 1996 Video documentary
Emporio Armani: A Private Party 1996 TV Movie Himself
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park 1991 TV Movie documentary Musician
The Gadd Gang: Live 1988 Video Himself (Drums)
Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album 1985 Video Himself - drums (uncredited)
The Concert in Central Park 1982 TV Movie documentary Musician
Watanabe Sadao Live in Tokyo 1980 TV Movie Himself
Paul Simon: Live at the Tower Theatre 1980 1980 Video Himself - Drums
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Himself - drummer
Chuck Mangione: Friends & Love 1971 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Songs 2011 TV Series Himself

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#Quote
1 [on recording 'Fifty Ways to Leave Your Love] We had been working on that song for a while and the chorus part fell into place easily, but the first part wasn't really feeling the way it should, and we tried a few different things. A lot of times I would stay in the drum booth and Paul Simon and Phil Ramone were discussing what they wanted to do, and I practiced different things. I was practicing a little military beat and Phil heard it and thought we should try it for the first part of the song. We just sort of stumbled on it by chance.


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