Dave Weckl @ All About Jazz

1979 saw a move to the and the University of Bridgeport. While playing the club scene with a band called Nite Sprite, Weckl started receiving accolades from established studio such as Kahn, Brecker, and Peter Erskine. It was Erskine who recommended Weckl for his ‘big gig’ with a group called French Toast, forerunner to the Michel Camilo band. That band featured iconic electric bass Anthony Jackson.

From this group, Jackson recommended Weckl for the prestigious 1983 Simon and Garfunkel reunion tour. This got Weckl noticed by a much larger audience and to many session opportunities, including and jingles, track sessions, and top recording dates with , Peabo Bryson, , Robert Plant, and many more.

In 1985, Michael Brecker recommended Weckl to Chick Corea for his new Elektric Band. That was the beginning of a seven-year with both the Elektric and Akoustic bands where nine recordings and three videos were produced. The Akoustic Band release earned Weckl a Grammy.

The Elektric Band showcased Weckl’s -edge and innovative use of electronic and acoustic drums, bringing him worldwide recognition. Though the Elektric Band went on a 10-year hiatus in the ’90s, the band still tours from -to-. They released a 17-part conceptual album entitled To The Stars in mid-2004, and have reunited for tours in 2011 and 2016/17.

Weckl’s solo began in 1990 with the release of Master Plan. Co-written/produced with longtime St. Louis friend/colleague Jay Oliver, the album was a watershed in Weckl’s career. Some would say it ushered in a new generation of contemporary drumming.

Master Plan featured a dynamic and diverse collection of tracks featuring top jazz of the time. The album created a palette for Weckl’s wide-ranging abilities in jazz, fusion, and Latin-inspired , solidifying him as an emerging in the drumming .

The album’s title track, written and performed by Chick Corea, featured Weckl and Steve Gadd on drums. Weckl had been seen as a protege to Gadd and their styles meshed perfectly . But in many ways, the tune marked a “ of the torch” in terms of -generation artistry on the drums.

Weckl has recorded and produced nine solo/leader recordings to date. In addition to Master Plan, Heads Up and Hard-Wired earned him notoriety in the early ’90s.

In 1998, Weckl realized his -time goal of forming a world-touring band. The Weckl Band released five studio records, including: Rhythm Of The , Synergy, Transition, Perpetual Motion, and Multiplicity. The band also released a hot live album, LIVE (And Very Plugged In) plus a compilation of DWB and instructional videos entitled The Zone.

Instructional videos have always played a big role in Weckl’s career. His original , entitled Contemporary Drummer + 1, was one of the first play-along ever published for drums. His Back To Basics and The Next releases were best-sellers in the ’90s and also continue to sell today.

Weckl updated his technical approach in the ’90s after studying with Gruber. He then released a three-part of videos called A Natural , which included an appearance by Gruber. These products redefined concepts to drummers understand how to play in a relaxed, efficient, and way. They also helped solidified Weckl’s stature as an articulate and respected . His clinics and master classes continue to attract capacity crowds worldwide.

After many years of sideman with guitar legend Mike Stern, Chris Minh Doky’s Nomads, Oz Noy, and more, Weckl spent 2013 reuniting with Jay Oliver. They launched a crowd funding campaign that attracted more than 2,000 pre- of a project that would eventually be called Convergence.

The album featured 10 tunes, including piano and drum solo pieces and a of Stevie Wonder’s legendary tune “Higher Ground.” The of “Higher Ground” has been viewed millions of times on and . Drummer Chris Coleman, bassist Jimmie , guitarist Dean Brown, Chrissi , and several horn players and vocalists took part.

The project also saw collaborations with Canadian singer Emilie- Barlow and Riverdance creator Whelan. Oliver recorded several native Irish instruments at Whelan’s personal studio in .

Convergence was released with three companion products: a play-along package for drums, a play-along package for other instruments on the album, and a full- entitled Flies On The Studio Wall.

In 2015, Weckl formed an acoustic jazz group with longtime friend/collaborator (bass), Gary Meek (sax), and Makoto Ozone (piano/B3). The group was called The Dave Weckl Acoustic Band. To date, the band has released a CD entitled Of The Same and a live DVD filmed at Catalina Jazz Club in .

More recently, Weckl has returned to touring with the Elektric Band, Mike Stern, and Oz Noy, while completing sessions in his -area studio. He has also formed an with comprehensive lessons, new play along products, and live footage from current tours.

He says “it is my goal to inspire as many young (and not-so-young) as possible to want to play music, whether it be on drums or another instrument. With all the negatives in the world today, I feel this is my way of contributing a action toward spiritual happiness, which music can be a big part of, if it. So , if your has a talent for music, please allow them the to develop that talent!”

Outside of music, Weckl has a passion for automobiles and racing. He and his Corvette ZO6 regularly post competitive times at tracks around Southern . Check out his YouTube racing channel!

Beyond music and four-wheel indulgences, Dave’s biggest passions and sources of inspiration come from his , Claire, and his wife, Clivia.

A future graduate (), Claire definitely has the music . She sang an amazing version of “Cups (You’re Gonna Miss Me)” for the Convergence album. Her talent, passion, and work ethic make her father proud every day.

Dave’s wife, Clivia (also formerly a singer) has a and passion for music – and an amazing for everything has to offer. She and Dave time both in and Los Angeles. Show less

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