Weckl was born in St. He majored in jazz at the University of Bridgeport, but left after two years to become involved in the New York jazz scene, also touring Europe with various bands. Weckl joined a fusion group called Nitesprite, where he attracted the attention of drummer Peter Erskine ; Erskine helped him get a gig with French Toast, a band also featuring pianist Michel Camilo and bassist Anthony Jackson. Weckl also released a series of instructional videos, and in he led his first solo date with Master Plan for GRP. Heads Up followed in , as well as Hard-Wired in Weckl then formed his own quartet with saxophonist Brandon Fields , keyboardist Steve Weingart , and bassist Tom Kennedy.
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Dave Weckl Biography For the last 20 years, Dave Weckl has maintained a reputation amongst his fans and peers as one of the very finest musicians on the contemporary music scene today. Born in St. Louis Missouri, January 8th, , to a mother who loved music and a father who played the piano as a hobby, Dave started playing drums around the age of 8.
Louis area teachers Bob Matheny and Joe Buerger. At age 16 he began to work professionally with local pop and jazz groups. After his 19th birthday, he moved to the east coast in to study music at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
While playing the club scene in New York City with a band named Nite Sprite, Dave started to receive accolades from established studio musicians such as Steve Kahn, Michael Brecker, and especially drumming great Peter Erskine. From this group, legendary bassist Anthony Jackson recommended Dave for the prestigious Simon and Garfunkel reunion tour in After this tour it was not long before he was regularly being called for radio and TV jingles, sound track sessions, and top recording dates with such artists as George Benson, Peabo Bryson, Diana Ross and Robert Plant, to name a few.
The Elektric Band, after a 10 year hiatus, has recorded a new CD to be released in mid , with tours expected as well. His own band has kept him very busy the last few years, but still enjoys sideman work, most recenty with guitar great Mike Stern.
When off the road he keeps busy with a bit of session work, record dates, and even mixing a few projects here and there, all in his place of residence, Los Angeles, CA. Besides his busy playing career, Dave is also very involved with the teaching aspect, conducting many seminars, clinics and classes all over the world.
He says "It is my goal to inspire as many young and not so young people as possible to want to play music, whether it be drums or another instrument. With all the negatives of the world today, I feel this is my way of contributing a positive action towards spiritual happiness, which music can be a big part of, if you let it. So parents, if your child has a talent for music, please allow them the opportunity to develop that talent!
Dave does accept students for consultation type lessons when he is off the road at his home in LA, so if interested send an e-mail to Weckman1 aol. He also is on faculty and has classes available now on line at the Virtual Drummer School www.
Daves sound is a signature aspect of his career.
Dave Weckl: The Zone
Altogether this set makes a great introduction to the work of one of the most notable of contemporary drummers. The same sort of powerfully electric, intensely rhythmic horn-section vibe pervades the disc, with Weckl experimenting with meters and bringing in outside percussion on occasion. Steve Tavalione is also featured in sax on a few cuts, as is guitarist Frank Gambale -- all the best Los Angeles fusion freaks. Weckl writes in his liner notes that to him The Zone is a state "in which everything appears to be working on its own, with no effort involved.
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