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Chad Wackerman

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Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Andy Summers (The Police), Men At Work, Albert Lee, Dweezil Zappa, James Taylor, John Patitucci, Joe Sample


A phenomenally skilled jazz and rock drummer, Chad Wackerman’s professional career began in 1978 with the Bill Watrous band. Since then, he has amassed a remarkable body of work that includes a seven-year association with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured the US and Europe and recorded 26 albums, including the London Symphony recordings. Wackerman has recorded eight albums and toured with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, performed on Barbra Streisand’s One Voice album, and recorded and toured with artists as diverse as Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Men at Work, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, Banned from Utopia, Dweezil Zappa, and Terry Bozzio. He has also toured with James Taylor, John Patitucci, Joe Sample and the  World Drummers Ensemble.

As a band leader and composer, Wackerman has five critically acclaimed CDs: Forty Reasons, The View, Scream, Legs Eleven and his brand new CD Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations. His DVD release is titled "Chad Wackerman Trio: Hits Live." He has written music for the television series The Dennis Miller Show, as well as composing music for Allan Holdsworth’s "Secrets," Wardenclyffe Tower, and The Sixteen Men of Tain CDs.