Basic Background Info

Birth: 1969
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Band: Chick Corea, Alanis Morissette, Rob Zombie, Andrew W.K., John Wakerman, Jessica Simpson, Fergie
Genres: Jazz, Rock
Instruments: Piano, Drums
Occupation: Musician


Gary Novak was exposed to musical influences before he was even born. Both of Gary Novak's parents were Chicago area pianists (Carol and Larry Novak), and he began pounding the ivories at age eight. But something about the drums drew him towards their steady vibrations. With his father's encouragement, Gary Novak began to pursue a music career very early. Gary Novak worked with his father's trio in all the Chicago clubs between the ages of ten and twelve. One club in particular was called Mr. Kelly's, which had been a venue for nearly everyone from Steven Martin and Richard Pryor to Miles Davis. The time spent with his father gave Gary Novak the opportunity to network with many industry greats, including Chick Corea, which set Gary Novak up to reach an enviable amount of musical milestones at an astoundingly young age.

In high school, Gary Novak made time to work with Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, and jazz clarinet master Buddy Defranco. At the age of seventeen, Gary Novak's growing reputation for flourish and precision lead to endorsement deals with Yamaha drums and Zildjian cymbals.

Two years later at the age of nineteen, Gary Novak relocated to Los Angeles, California. This paramount step in Gary Novak's career opened even more doors for his already impressive career. The move brought him his first road job with Maynard Ferguson and was fortunate enough work with Brandon Fields, Michael McDonald, David Sanborn, Natalie Cole and Anita Baker.

In the early 1990s, Gary Novak toured with guitarists Lee Ritenour and George Benson. At twenty-eight, though he had been a career man for the greater part of his life, he wasn't about to slow down. After a brief stint with Chick Corea's new band, Gary Novak toured and recorded with Bob Berg, Allen Holdsworth, and Alanis Morissette throughout the late 90s.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1986 Priceless Jazz Chick Corea
1992 Wes Bound Lee Ritenour
1992 Everybody's Business Brandon Fields
1992 Heartscapes Tom Fowler
1992 Heads Up Dave Weckl
1993 Michael Wolff Michael Wolff
1993 Paint the World Chick Corea
1994 Road Home Pat Kelley
1995 Jimmy Earl Jimmy Earl
1995 It's a Good Thing Phil Sheeran
1995 Time Warp Chick Corea
1996 Remembering Christmas David Benoit
1996 Music Forever and Beyond: The Selected Works of Chick Corea Chick Corea
1997 Silent Singing Steve Tavaglione
1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert Various Artists
1997 Twist of Jobim Various Artists
1997 Bass Talk, Vol. 4: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bass? Various Artists
1997 Another Standard Bob Berg
1997 Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years Various Artists
1998 First Move Larry Steen
1998 Moonlight Dance Pat Kelley
1998 City of Angels (Original Soundtrack) Movie Soundtrack
1999 Alanis Unplugged Alanis Morissette
1999 Dogma Howard Shore
1999 Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Australia Tour Edition) Alanis Morissette
1999 Grand Tour Alignment Solar Wind
1999 Other Sister Movie Soundtrack
2000 Unitone Sampler, Vol. 1: Nine Sounds Nice Noise Various Artists
2000 Shake It Up Boney James
2000 Sixteen Men of Tain Allan Holdsworth
2001 Sinister Urge Rob Zombie
2001 I Get Wet Andrew W.K.
2001 Action Figure Party Action Figure Party
2001 Marta & Marilia Ella Baila Sola
2001 Sketches of James Various Artists
2002 Feast on Scraps Alanis Morissette
2002 Treasure Planet (Original Score) James Newton Howard
2002 Into Your Head (Limited Edition) BBMak
2002 Under Rug Swept Alanis Morissette
2002 Hands Clean, Pt. 1 (Australian CD) Alanis Morissette
2002 Hands Clean, Pt. 2 (Australia CD) Alanis Morissette
2003 Voodoo Crossing: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Various Artists
2003 Saxophonic Dave Koz
2003 4 Walls of Freedom Joe Locke
2004 Day of Fire Day of Fire
2004 Change of Season Tim Garland
2004 Trouble Bonnie McKee
2004 Crossing the Line Eddie Daniels
2004 Two The Calling
2004 In This Present Moment Matthew Von Doran
2004 Dear Life Joe Locke
2004 Pictures from Home John Gregory
2004 Very Best of Chick Corea (Korea) Chick Corea
2005 World of Brazil Lee Ritenour
2005 Remembering Bob Berg
2005 Against the Clock: The Best of Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth
2005 Gypsy Blood: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2006 Viva Carlos: A Supernatural Marathon Celebration Various Artists
2006 Live Michael Landau
2006 Utopia Belinda
2006 Public Affair (Bonus Track) Jessica Simpson
2006 Dutchess Fergie
2006 Where the Past Meets Today Sarah Kelly
2006 This Crazy Life Joanna
2006 Jimi Project Phil Brown
2007 Drum Duets, Vol. 1 John Wackerman
2007 Utopia 2 Belinda
2007 Truth Robben Ford
2007 Time Piece Morrie Louden
2007 Smokin' Aces Movie Soundtrack
2007 Treasure Planet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) James Newton Howard
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Tyler Bates
2008 Sounds Like This Eric Hutchinson
2008 Rebel Road Edgar Winter
2008 New Directions Brad Cox
2008 Nadha Kudai
2008 Life Goes On Monica Dupont
2008 Doll Domination The Pussycat Dolls
2008 Conversations with My Family Mike Garson
2009 Watchmen (Original Motion Picture Score) Tyler Bates
2009 The Chick Corea Songbook The Manhattan Transfer
2009 Dos Mundos: Evolucion Alejandro Fernandez
2009 Carpe Diem Belinda
2009 About 12:00 Am Bill Fulton
2010 Waiting Outside the Lines Greyson Chance
2010 The Other Side of Down David Archuleta
2010 So Many Miles Chris Cain
2010 Renegade Creation Renegade Creation
2010 Christmas Is the time to Say I Love You Katharine McPhee
2010 Camaleones: Musica de la Telenovela (Original TV Soundtrack) Various Artists
2010 21.00: Eros Live World Tour 2009/2010 Eros Ramazzotti
2011 Sucker Punch (Original Soundtrack) Various Artists
2011 Human Element Human Element
2012 Somos Eros Ramazzotti
2012 Roads Chris Mann
2012 Organic Instruments The Michael Landau Group
2012 It's Love Eric Marienthal
2012 Into the Wild: Live at Eastwest Studios LP
2012 Bullet Renegade Creation
2013 My Shadow Pages Nick Hexum
2013 Life You Imagine Matt Goss
2013 Hacienda The Jeff Lorber Fusion
2013 From the Hip Bob Sheppard
2013 Everywhere at Once Paul Alien & the Underthinkers
2013 Classic Album Collection Rob Zombie
2014 Stuck Adelitas Way
2014 Sin Fronteras Dulce Maria
2014 Renewing Disguises Jimmy Earl
2014 Jazz Funk Soul Jazz Funk Soul
2014 Forever for Now LP


  • Gary Novak recorded a CD with his father and bass player extraordinaire, John Patittucci. Gary says: "It's just a great piece of music."
  • Described by Don Lombardi, President of Drum Workshop Drums, as a "WOW" drummer, meaning "he can play things that are so fast and great, you can not figure out what it was."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Regaltip

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