Basic Background Info

Birth: April 9, 1945
Location: Rochester, New York
Band: Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Al Di Meola, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Richard Tee
Genres: Jazz, Funk, Latin
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician


With a discography numbering over 600 albums, Steven Victor Gadd’s drumming is everywhere. Gadd received his first pair of drumsticks and a practice pad from his Uncle Eddie, who was a drummer in the army, at a very young age. In 1952, he received his firsts drum kit from his grandfather, and began to study at Levi's Music with Elmer Frolig. By the age of nine, Gadd made his television debut on The Mickey Mouse Club, tap dancing and doing a drum solo. While continuing his studies, now with William and Stanley Street, he began "hitting the clubs" with his father. The time spent with his father in clubs allowed Gadd to meet his personal drumming hero, Gene Krupa, and the chance to sit in with Dizzy Gillespie. Steven was only eleven years old.

After his graduation from Irondequoit Eastridge High School, Steven Gadd attended the Manhattan School of Music. After two years, he transferred to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester where he played in wind ensembles and concert bands. He regularly gigged in night clubs with other musicians in his age group. Chick Corea, Joe Romano, and Frank Pullara were some of the regulars. When Gadd finished college in 1968, his senior recital at Kilbourn Hall was standing room only. Gadd continued to play regularly with Chuck Mangione and his brother, Gap Mangione. Gap’s first solo album, Diana in the Autumn Wind, started Gadd’s recording career.

After college, Gadd was drafted into the military. He spent three years in the army, playing drums in both field and stage bands. After his military time, Gadd played and worked with well known bands in Rochester and formed a trio with Tony Levin and Mike Holmes in 1972. They traveled to New York together, but eventually went their separate ways. Gadd began to work mainly as a studio musician and with Corea’s Return to Forever. He ultimately left the group, choosing studio drumming over touring.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Gadd toured internationally and recorded with Paul Simon and Al Di Meola’s Electric Rendezvous Band. In 1976, Gadd along with Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree and other notable musicians in New York City formed the group Stuff. They made appearances on NBC's Saturday Night Live, performing on their own and backing Joe Cocker.

By the end of the 1970s Gadd was in high demand and one of the most influential drummers of his time. As stated by Chick Corea: “[Gadd] brought orchestral and compositional thinking to the drum kit, while at the same time having a great imagination and a great ability to swing.” Gadd’s work on the title track of Steely Dan’s Aja album showed off some of these strengths.

With influences such as Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Jack De Johnette, Billy Cobham, Buddy Rich, Michael S. Smith, and Louie Bellson, Gadd has made quite a name for himself in the drumming world. In 2003, Gadd received Zildjian's American Drummer Achievement Award.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1968 Diana In The Autumn Wind Gap Mangione
1970 Friends And Love Chuck Mangione
1972 Bone Straight Ahead Bill Watrous
1972 White Elephant Mike Maineri
1972 Goodbye Milt Jackson
1972 Alive Chuck Mangione
1972 Together Chuck Mangione
1972 F.L.O. Fred Lewis Orchestra
1972 Sing Along Junk Gap Mangione
1972 Janis Ian Janis Ian
1972 Bonfa Luiz Bonfa
1973 Bette Midler Bette Midler
1973 Steve Feldman Steve Feldman
1973 Simba O'Donel Levey
1973 Penny Arcade Joe Farrell
1973 Land Of Make Believe (Tympani) Chuck Mangione
1973 Intergalactic Trot Stardrive
1973 I Got A Name Jim Croce
1973 For The Good Times Rusty Bryant
1973 Arthur Hurley & Gootlieb Arthur Hurley & Gootlieb
1974 Bad Benson George Benson
1974 Circles Mary Travers
1974 Continental American Peter Allen
1974 Discotheque Herbie Mann
1974 First Light: Family Of Mann Herbie Mann
1974 Henry Gross Henry Gross
1974 Higher Ground Johnny "Hammond" Smith
1974 In The Beginning Hubert Laws
1974 Keeping Up With The Jones The Joneses
1974 One Bob James
1974 Phoebe Snow Phoebe Snow
1974 The Prophet Richard Harris
1974 Queen Of The Night Maggie Bell
1974 She Was To Good To Me Chet Baker
1974 Streetlights Bonnie Raitt
1974 Unfinished Masterpiece Eddie Palmieri & Lalo Rodriguez
1974 Phil Upchurch/Tennyson Stephens Phil Upchurch/Tennyson Stephens
1974 Wilder Alias Jackie Cain & Roy Kral
1974 With Everything I Feel In Me Aretha Franklin
1975 Anything Goes Ron Carter
1975 Back To Back Brecker Brothers
1975 Caravan/Watusi Strut Deodato
1975 Case Of The Three Sided Dream In Audio Color Rashaan Roland Kirk
1975 Concierto Jim Hall
1975 Feels So Good Grover Washington Jr.
1975 Good King Bad George Benson
1975 I Hear A Symphony Hank Crawford
1975 In Concert Carnegie Hall George Benson
1975 Journey To Love Stanley Clarke
1975 Judith Judy Collins
1975 Fusion 3 Michael Urbaniak
1975 Who I Am David Ruffin
1975 Lady Put The Light Out Frankie Valli
1975 Watcha Gonna Do For Me Steve Satten
1975 Magic Theater Barry Miles
1975 Kate & Anna McGarrigle Kate & Anna McGarrigle
1975 Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow Merry Clayton
1975 The Leprechaun Chick Corea
1975 Margie Margie Joseph
1975 New York Connection Tom Scott
1975 On The Track Leon Redbone
1975 Peach Melba Melba Moore
1975 Rape Of El Morro Don Sebesky
1975 Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon
1975 Taking Off David Sanborn
1975 Two Bob James
1975 Waterbed Herbie Mann
1975 Way I Feel Nikki Giovanni
1976 Stingray Joe Cocker
1976 Very Together Deodato
1976 Stuff Stuff
1976 Star Dance David Friesen
1976 Songs For The New Depression Bette Midler
1976 Sometime Other Than Now Steve Marcus & Counts Rock Band
1976 Sinbad Weldon Irvine
1976 Second Childhood Phoebe Snow
1976 School Days Stanley Clarke
1976 Romeo & Juliet Hubert Laws
1976 Resolution Andy Pratt
1976 Release Henry Gross
1976 Best Of (WB) George Benson
1976 Blow It Out Tom Scott
1976 Bread & Roses Judy Collins
1976 Buffalo Smoke Lou Courtney
1976 Capricorn Princess Esther Phillips
1976 Caravan Deodato
1976 Dinner Music Carla Bley
1976 Soundcheck Wlodek Gulgowski
1976 Funk Factory Funk Factory
1976 This Mothers Daughter Nancy Wilson
1976 Everything Is Coming Up Love David Ruffin
1976 Wisdom Ralph Graham
1976 Elegant Gypsy Al DiMeola
1976 End Of A Rainbow Patti Austin
1976 Endless Flight Leo Sayer
1976 Feelin's From Within Joe Thomas
1976 Gagaku And Beyond Herbie Mann
1976 Ginseng Woman Eric Gale
1976 Hank Crawford's Back Hank Crawford
1976 Joe & Bing Joe & Bing
1976 Joey George & Lewis Mcgehee Joey George & Lewis Mcgehee
1976 John Tropea John Tropea
1976 Land Of The Midnight Sun Al DiMeola
1976 Love Songs Earl Klugh
1976 My Spanish Heart Chick Corea
1976 Pastiche Manhattan Transfer
1976 Primal Scream Maynard Ferguson
1976 Main Squeeze Chuck Mangione
1977 Watermark Art Garfunkel
1977 Tightrope Steve Khan
1977 Stolen Time Lucy Simon
1977 Star Wars & Other Galactic Funk Meco
1977 Spandisco Love Childs Afro Cuban Blues Band
1977 So So Satisfied Ashford & Simpson
1977 Singin... Melissa Manchester
1977 Short Trip To Space John Tropea
1977 Sergio Mendes & Brazil 77 Sergio Mendes & Brazil 77
1977 Sea Of Dirac Jun Fukumachi
1977 Ringo The 4th Ringo Starr
1977 Randalls New York Elliott Randall
1977 We Belong Together John Blaine
1977 Phil Upchurch Phil Upchurch
1977 Short Trip To Space John Tropea
1977 Startin' All Over Philippe Wynne
1977 Buyu Jose Mangual
1977 Phantasia Noel Pointer
1977 One Of A Kind Dave Grusin
1977 Never Letting Go Phoebe Snow
1977 More Stuff Stuff
1977 Midnight Rain Urzula Dudziak
1977 Master Grady Tate Grady Tate
1977 Maceo Woods & The CTB Choir Rev. Maceo Woods
1977 Loveplay Mike Maineri
1977 Living Inside Your Love Earl Klugh
1977 Livin' Inside Your Love George Benson
1977 In My Stride David Ruffin
1977 I Wanna Play For You Stanley Clarke
1977 Heads Bob James
1977 Four Bob James
1977 Aja Steely Dan
1977 Autophysiopsychic Yuseef LaTeef
1977 Blue Lights In The Basement Roberta Flack
1977 Casino Al DiMeola
1977 Cat In The Hat Ben Sidran
1977 Celebrate Me Home Kenny Loggins
1977 Common Ground Paul Winter Consort
1977 Crystal Green Rainbow Featuring Will Boulware
1977 Dance Band On The Titantic Harry Chapin
1977 Dancer With Bruised Knees Kate & Anna McGarrigle
1977 Don't Stop The Music Brecker Brothers
1977 Dune David Matthews
1977 Evening Star Jun Fukamachi
1977 Fingerpainting Earl Klugh
1977 Firefly Jeremy Steig
1977 From The Beginning Barbara Carroll
1977 Ghost Writer Garland Jeffreys
1977 Greatest Hits, Etc.. Paul Simon
1978 The Wiz Original Soundtrack
1978 Uptown Dance Stephane Grappelli
1978 Stuff It Stuff
1978 Space Album George Benson
1978 Sounds...And Stuff Like That Quincy Jones
1978 Serpentine Fire Mark Colby
1978 Ruby Ruby Gato Barbieri
1978 All For A Reason Allessi Brothers
1978 Angie Angela Bofill
1978 Big Blues Art Farmer & Jim Hall
1978 Blue Man Steve Khan
1978 Boys In The Trees Carly Simon
1978 Burchfield Nines Michael Franks
1978 Cajun Sunrise Hank Crawford
1978 Captains Journey Lee Ritenour
1978 Friendship (Japanese Direct To Disc JVC) Lee Ritenour
1978 Good & Plenty Jon Faddis
1978 John Hall John Hall
1978 City Lights Doctor John
1978 Friends Chick Corea
1978 Dane Donahue Dane Donahue
1978 Roberta Flack Roberta Flack
1978 Pronto Mondo Kate & Anna McGarrigle
1978 The Path Ralph McDonald
1978 Other Peoples Rooms Mark Almond
1978 One Eyed Jack Garland Jeffreys
1978 To Touch You Again John Tropea
1978 Difference Larry Coryell
1978 Sun And Soul The Stylistics
1978 The One And Only Gladys Knight
1978 Free Style Bobby Humphrey
1978 My Favorite Fantasy Van McCoy
1978 Multiplication Eric Gale
1978 Mr.Gone Weather Report
1978 Morning Thunder Eddie Daniels
1978 Modern Man Stanley Clarke
1978 Me Myself & Eye Charles Mingus
1978 Make Every Day Count New York Community Choir
1978 Mad Hatter Chick Corea
1978 Luxury You Can Afford Joe Cocker
1978 Love Light Yutaka Yokokura
1978 La Cathedral Y El Toro Joe Farrell
1978 Kate Taylor Kate Taylor
1978 & The New York AllStars Jun Fukamachi
1978 It's In Everyone Of Us Mary Travers
1978 Intimate Strangers Tom Scott
1978 In Your Eyes George Benson
1978 Heart To Heart David Sanborn
1979 Tango Palace Dr.John
1979 High Gear Neil Larsen
1979 Touchdown Bob James
1979 Lucky Seven Bob James
1979 All Around Town Bob James
1979 Arrows Steve Khan
1979 Counterpoint Ralph McDonald
1979 Cuna Ray Barretto
1979 Fate For Breakfast Art Garfunkel
1979 Feel The Night Lee Ritenour
1979 Greatest Hits Steely Dan
1979 Hideaway David Sanborn
1979 Legends Dave Valentin
1979 Michel Colombier Michel Colombier
1979 Morning Island Sadao Watanabe
1979 Night Rains Janis Ian
1979 One Good Turn Mark Colby
1979 Red Hot Mongo Santamaria
1979 Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones
1979 Splendido Hotel Al DiMeola
1979 Spy Carly Simon
1979 Strokin' Richard Tee
1979 Sunbelt Herbie Mann
1980 Best Of Tom Scott
1980 Beyond Herb Alpert
1980 Come Morning Grover Washington Jr.
1980 Winelight Grover Washington Jr.
1980 What It Is Dave Liebman
1980 Come Upstairs Carly Simon
1980 Connections Richie Havens
1980 Daydream Teramasu Hino
1980 Detente' Brecker Brothers
1980 Farthest Corner Of My Mind Jeff Tyzik
1980 French Record Kate & Anna McGarrigle
1980 Gaucho Steely Dan
1980 Guilty Barbara Streisand
1980 How's Everything ? Sadao Watanabe
1980 In Harmony Sesame Street
1980 Live In New York Stuff
1980 Love Sensation Loleatta Holloway
1980 Manhattan Update Warren Bernhardt
1980 Natural Ingrediants Richard Tee
1980 On The Move Jun Fukamachi
1980 One Trick Pony Paul Simon
1980 Rain Forest Jeremy Steig
1980 Red Cab To Manhattan Stephen Bishop
1980 Smokin' In The Pit Steps Ahead
1980 Tarantella Chuck Mangione
1980 This Time Al Jarreau
1980 Voyeur David Sanborn
1981 Three Quartets Chick Corea
1981 Sleepwalk Larry Carlton
1981 Pirates Rickie Lee Jones
1981 Pavane Hubert Laws
1981 Mecca For Moderns Manhattan Transfer
1981 Living Eyes The Bee Gees
1981 Collection George Benson
1981 GB George Benson
1981 Electric Rendezvous Al DiMeola
1981 Breakin' Away Al Jarreau
1981 Apple Juice Tom Scott
1982 Bill LaBounty Bill LaBounty
1982 Concert In Central Park Simon & Garfunkel
1982 Experiment In White Janis Siegel
1982 Gold Steely Dan
1982 Grand Cross David Matthews
1982 Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick
1982 Hunter Joe Sample
1982 In The One Roberta Flack
1982 If That's What It Takes Michael McDonald
1982 Incognito Spyro Gyra
1982 Lalo Schifrin Lalo Schifrin
1982 Out Of The Shadows Dave Grusin
1982 Tug of War Paul McCartney
1982 Backstreet David Sanborn
1982 Tour de Force Live Al DiMeola
1983 Redezvous Sadao Watanabe
1983 Windows in the Jungle 10cc
1983 Passionfruit Michael Franks
1983 Pacific Fire George Benson
1983 Jarreau Al Jarreau
1983 Hearts And Bones Paul Simon
1983 Genie Bob James
1983 Fugitive Tony Banks
1983 Foxie Bob James
1983 Fill Up The Night Sadao Watanabe
1983 City Kids Spyro Gyra
1983 Another Page Christopher Cross
1983 Pipes of Peace Paul McCartney
1984 Magazine Rickie Lee Jones
1984 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1984 L.A .Is My Lady Frank Sinatra
1984 Inside Moves Grover Washington Jr.
1984 Gomez Eddie Gomez
1984 Gadd A Bout (Japanese Release) Steve Gadd
1984 Every Man Has A Woman Various
1984 Disguise Chuck Mangione
1984 NY-LA Dream Band Dave Grusin
1985 Amorphism Masahiko Satoh
1985 CD Of JB James Brown
1985 A Chorus Line Original Soundtrack
1985 Concert For The Earth Paul Winter Consort
1985 Decade Of Steely Dan Steely Dan
1985 Discovery Eddie Gomez
1985 Autumn Leaves Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1985 Eaten Alive Diana Ross
1985 Explorers Explorers
1985 Joe Beck And Friends Joe Beck
1985 NYC Cats Direct John Tropea
1985 Pin Point Ronnie Cuber
1985 Say You Love Me Jennifer Holliday
1985 Super Friends Teruo Nakamura
1985 Skin Dive Michael Franks
1986 Smithzonian Smith Dobson
1986 Sidewinder Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1986 My Funny Valentine Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1986 Live at Pit Inn Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1986 Mezgo Eddie Gomez
1986 Illusions Eliane Elias
1986 House Full Of Love (Music From The Cosby Show) Grover Washington Jr.
1986 Gloria Loring Gloria Loring
1986 Gadd A Bout (Limited Domestic Release) Steve Gadd
1986 Double Vision Bob James & David Sanborn
1986 Collection Diane Schuur
1986 Best Of The CTI Years George Benson
1986 Animals Christmas Art Garfunkel & Amy Grant
1986 10th Avenue Patrick Williams New York Band
1987 Change Of Heart David Sanborn
1987 Get Close To My Love Jennifer Holliday
1987 Jill Jones Jill Jones
1987 Red Hot Rhythm & Blues Diana Ross
1987 Live in Tokyo Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1987 Whales Alive Paul Winter
1988 Live at the Bottom Line The Gadd Gang
1988 Step By Step Steps
1988 Here & Now The Gadd Gang
1988 Claus Ogerman Featuring Michael Brecker Claus Ogerman
1988 Collection Dave Grusin
1988 Double Exposure Masahiko Satoh
1988 Gold Metal Collection Harry Chapin
1988 Manhattan Strut Luiz Bonfa
1988 Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986 Paul Simon
1988 Oasis Roberta Flack
1988 Paradise Citizens Randy Bernsen
1988 Street Dreams Lyle Mays
1988 Taste Of Superfriends Superfriends
1989 Street Smart Eddie Gomez
1989 Follow Me Kimiko Itoh
1989 Nancy Now! Nancy Wilson
1989 Rare Collection The Bee Gees
1989 Rendevouz Jorge Dalto With Super Friends
1989 Selected Sadao Watanabe
1989 Starr Struck Best Of Ringo Starr Volume 2 Ringo Starr
1989 Strange Angels Laurie Anderson
1990 Spendel Christopher Spendel
1990 River Of Love David Foster
1990 Rhythm Of The Saints Paul Simon
1990 Manhattan Blues Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1990 My Romance Carly Simon
1990 Mood Swing Bob Malach
1990 Master Plan Dave Weckl
1990 Have You Seen Me Lately Carly Simon
1990 Bonnie Raitt Collection Bonnie Raitt
1990 Best Of Art Farmer Art Farmer
1990 Bela Vista Tania Maria
1991 Concert In Central Park August 15, 1991 Paul Simon
1991 New Moon Shine James Taylor
1991 Marc Cohn Marc Cohn
1991 Greatest Hits Collection Andy Gibb
1991 The Gadd Gang The Gadd Gang
1991 Cool Cat Blues Georgie Fame
1991 Best Of Volume One Earl Klugh
1992 Matador & More Garland Jeffreys
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 Original Soundtrack
1992 Complete Collections And Then Some Barry Manilow
1992 Best Of Volume 2 Earl Klugh
1992 Anthology Down In Birdland Manhattan Transfer
1993 Dear Friends Abraham Laboriel
1993 My World Ray Charles
1993 Oh! Will Lee
1993 Tar Beach John Sebastian
1993 Compact Jazz The Seventies Chick Corea
1993 Citizen Steely Dan Steely Dan
1993 Best Of Tania Maria Tania Maria
1993 1964-1993 Paul Simon
1993 Au Zenith Michel Jonaz
1993 Papillion Sleepy Matsumoto
1993 Made In America A Rememberance Of Richard Tee Stuff
1994 Ties That Bind Andy Snitzer
1994 Tenderness Al Jarreau
1994 Riddles Bob Berg
1994 Concierto de Aranjuez Manhattan Jazz Quintet
1994 Picture Perfect Morning Edie Brickell
1994 Orchestral Album Dave Grusin
1994 Orange & Blue Al DiMeola
1994 On & On: The Hits of Stephen Bishop Stephen Bishop
1994 Lean on Me: THe Best of Bill Withers Bill Withers
1994 Herbie Mann Anthology Evolution of Man Herbie Mann
1994 Essence of Al DiMeola Al DiMeola
1994 Earth Step Sadao Watanabe
1994 Did You Feel That? Joe Sample
1994 Christmas Carols from St. Johns St. Johns College Choir
1994 Burning For Buddy. The Music of Buddy Rich Various
1994 Big Horizon David Wilcox
1994 Best Of Patti Austin Patti Austin
1994 24 Karat In A Bottle Jim Croce
1995 Revenge Janis Ian
1995 Real Time Richard Tee
1995 People Original Soundtrack Various
1995 Pearls David Sanborn
1995 Manzanera Collection Phil Manzanera
1995 Acoustic Anthology Al Dimeola
1995 Electric Anthology Al Dimeola
1995 East Bounce East Bounce
1995 Another life Barry Manilow
1996 Turning Point Rory Block
1996 This is Jazz Vol. 16 Maynard Ferguson
1996 Take the 5ith Bridget St. John
1996 Storyboard Didier Lockwood
1996 Soulful Strut Grover Washington Jr.
1996 Show Must Go On: Anthology Leo Sayer
1996 Right Stuff Stuff
1996 Resolution: The Andy Pratt Collection Andy Pratt
1996 The New Grove: Blue Note Remix Project Vol. 1 Various Artists
1996 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter
1996 Greatest Hits Loleatta Holloway
1996 Double Talk Ed Calle
1996 Cinema Paradiso: The Classic Film Music Of.. Ennio Morricone
1996 Return to the 7th Galaxy Chick Corea
1996 Bluesilian Tania Maria
1996 Best Of Al Jarreau
1997 Bass-ic Collection Stanley Clarke
1997 Best Of Meco
1997 The Best of Spyro Gyra: The First Ten Years Spyro Gyra
1997 Bridge School Concerts: Volume 1 Various
1997 Burning For Buddy: Tribute To The Music of BR Various
1997 Europe Tania Maria
1997 Forever: An Anthology Judy Collins
1997 Genius & Soul: The 50 th Anniversary Collection Ray Charles
1997 Playiní Hooky Bob James
1997 Point of Presence Sergio Salvatore
1997 Sample This Joe Sample
1997 Songs From a Parent to a Child Art Garfunkel
1997 This is Jazz Vol. 31 Al DiMeola
1997 Tribute to Jeff David Garfield & Friends
1998 Planet Gap: Big Band Gap Mangione
1998 Priceless Jazz Dave Grusin
1998 Both Worlds Michal Petrucciani
1998 Sophisticated Lady Kimiko Itoh
1998 The Best of Joe Sample Joe Sample
1998 Best of Michael Franks: A Backwards Glance Michael Franks
1999 Words and Music Jim Croce
1999 Ultimate Collection Grover Washington Jr.
1999 Trio in Tokyo Michal Petrucciani
1999 Sweet Control: The Best Of Joe Lucien
1999 Story of a Life: The Harry Chapin Box Harry Chapin
1999 Snowfall on the Sahara Natalie Cole
1999 Simple Way to Say I Love You John Tropea
1999 Romantic Donny Gerrard
1999 Anthology Paul Simon
1999 I Can Hear Music: Ellie Greenwich Collection Ellie Greenwich
1999 From Q With Love Quincy Jones
1999 Crossing The Bridge Eileen Ivers
1999 Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton Eric Clapton
1999 Barefoot on the Beach Michael Franks
1999 Anthology Joe Cocker
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Joe Cocker
2000 Absolute Benson George Benson
2000 Anthology George Benson
2000 Anthology Al DiMeola
2000 Bedroom Tapes Carly Simon
2000 Celebrate The Music of Weather Report Jason Miles/Various
2000 Charlie Brown Christmas Cyrus Chestnut
2000 OVO Peter Gabriel
2000 God and the F.B.I. Janis Ian
2000 Japanese Sandman Freddie Gardner
2000 Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Natalie Cole
2000 Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar Paul Simon
2000 My Spanish Heart Bonus Track Chick Corea
2000 Pavarotti & Friends For Cambodia & Tibet Luciano Pavarotti
2000 Rare Collections (1 Track) Jaco Pastorious
2000 Riding With The King Eric Clapton & BB King
2000 Signature Susan Oskorn
2000 Smokin' In The Pit Steps Ahead
2000 Tomorrow Today Al Jarreau
2000 The Very Best of the Choice Four The Choice Four
2001 Ornella Ornella Vanoni
2001 Reptile Eric Clapton
2001 Impressions of Miles Davis Teo Macero
2001 Dusty Springfield Dusty Springfield
2001 Brazil : Once Again/ Sunbelt Herbie Mann
2001 Gagaku and Beyond/ Astral Island Herbie Mann
2001 Concert in Central Park/ 20 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel
2001 High Time: The Elektra Recordings Zachary Richard
2001 Home Movies. ìThe Best Ofî Everything But The Girl
2001 I Hear a Symphony ( Japan) Hank Crawford
2001 Love Songs Grover Washington Jr.
2001 Me Myself & Eye/ Something Like a Bird Charles Mingus
2001 Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
2001 Queen of the Night: The Ultimate Club Collection Loleatta Holloway
2001 Restoration: The Best of Bob James Bob James
2001 Turtle Bay / Discotheque Herbie Mann
2001 The Very Best Of Michael McDonald
2001 Voice of Michael McDonald Michael McDonald
2001 Waterbed/ Surprises Herbie Mann
2002 Up Peter Gabriel
2002 Ultimate Collection Edie Brickell
2002 Ultimate Collection Quincy Jones
2002 Very Best Of Christopher Cross
2002 Very Best Of Dave Grusin
2002 Very Best Of Ashford & Simpson
2002 October Road James Taylor
2002 One More Car One More Rider Eric Clapton
2002 Over Crystal Green Will & Rainbow
2002 Touchdown Bonus Track Bob James
2002 Two Bonus Track Bob James
2002 Soundtrack Wild Thornberrys
2002 Who Loves You? Tribute to Jaco Pastorious
2002 BJ4 Bob James
2002 Lucky Seven Bob James
2002 Essential Collection, 24 Smooth Jazz Classics Bob James
2002 Best of the Atlantic Years Herbie Mann
2002 For the Good Times Rusty Bryant
2002 Endless Flight (Expanded) Leo Sayer
2002 Complete Explorers Manzanera Mackay
2002 Bop Boy Bob Mintzer
2002 Bad Benson George Benson
2002 Anything Goes Ron Carter
2002 Anthology Carly Simon
2002 Assembly Zawose & Brook
2003 Metro Bar The Nighthawks
2003 Hit Peter Gabriel
2003 Volcano Edie Brickell
2003 Afrodesia Lonnie Smith
2003 Carry It On Peter, Paul & Mary
2003 Concierto Jim Hall
2003 Feels So Good/ A Secret Place Grover Washington Jr.
2003 Firefly Jeremy Steig
2003 Greatest Hits of All George Benson
2003 Greatest Love Songs Joe Cocker
2003 Hi-Fi Bob James
2003 Stolen Moments Gap Mangione
2003 Man Behind the Music Claus Ogerman
2003 Standard Influence John Tropea
2003 Anthology: The Art of Love Michael Franks
2003 My Love Selena Jones
2003 Punk Jazz: Anthology Jaco Pastorius
2003 Rendezvous in New York Chick Corea
2003 Skies the Limit The Dynamic Superiors
2003 Time Again David Sanborn
2003 Timeless Elaine Elias
2004 Millennium Collection Gato Barberieri
2004 Family Holidays Gap Mangione
2004 Close to You The Ebonyís
2004 Deuce of the Heart, His Best & More Stephen Bishop
2004 Footprints: Life & Music of Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
2004 Graceland Bonus Tracks Paul Simon
2004 Hearts & Bones Bonus Tracks Paul Simon
2004 One Trick Pony Bonus Tracks Paul Simon
2004 Rhythm of the Saints Bonus Tracks Paul Simon
2004 Still Crazy after All These Years Paul Simon
2004 Studio Recordings 1972 ñ 2000 Paul Simon
2004 Youíre the One Bonus Tracks Paul Simon
2004 Very Best Of Chick Corea
2004 Very Best Of George Benson
2004 Towering Toccata Lalo Schifrin
2004 Too Much Heaven: Songs of the Brothers Gibb The Bee Gees
2004 Stop, Look & Listen Soul Generation
2004 Someone to Watch Over Me: The Definitive Little Jimmy Scott
2004 So What , The Best Of Michel Petrucciani
2004 Sessions for Robert Johnson Eric Clapton
2004 Reflections: Greatest Hits Carly Simon
2004 Part of You ( Japan) Eric Gale
2004 Vol. 1 Very Best Live, Petrucciani 1 Cut.. Montreal Jazz Fest
2004 Midnight Breeze Christian Mostert
2004 A Man & His Music Claus Ogerman
2004 Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy Judy Collins
2004 Janis Ian, 1978 Bonus Track Janis Ian
2004 Inside Moves/ Paradise Grover Washington Jr.
2004 Harmony Will & Rainbow
2005 Sunlight Square Sunlight Square
2005 Trios Version 3.0 Gordon Johnson
2005 Drum Duets Vol. 1 John Wackerman
2005 Back Home Eric Clapton
2005 Rendezvous in New York Chick Corea
2005 Best Of David Sanborn
2005 Closer David Sanborn
2005 Duchess of Coolsville/ Anthology Rickie Lee Jones
2005 Friendship/ Captains Journey Lee Ritenour
2005 Last Quarter Moon Chiara Civello
2005 Live in N.Y. / More Stuff Stuff
2005 Love/ Stray Aztec Camera
2005 Time & Love: A Tribute to C.T.I Freetempo
2005 Standard Influence II-Rock Candy John Tropea
2005 Ultimate Collection Michael McDonald
2005 Zuccchero & Co. Zucchero
2005 Z Russell Morris
2006 I'm Alive Garland Jeffreys
2006 Music for Lovers Earl Klugh
2006 Simba O'Donel Levy
2006 Stroke Of Genius Marc Black
2006 Revenge Janis Ian
2006 Feelin' Good Joe Sample & Randy Crawford
2006 Joy! Celebrate Upstate Holiday Vol.1 Various
2006 From the Big Apple to the Big Easy(DVD) Various
2006 A Christmas Album James Taylor
2006 Consequence of Chaos Al Di Meola
2006 Prayer Toshiki Kadomatsu
2006 A Musicares Person of the Year Tribute (DVD) Various
2006 Super Trio Gadd/Corea/McBride
2006 Suprise Paul Simon
2006 The Ultimate Adventure Chick Corea
2006 There You Are Again Livingston Taylor
2007 10-The Time is Right John Tropea
2007 Arrival Russ Miller
2007 Live it Out Alain Clark
2007 Take Me Back to the Ol' School John Tropea
2007 The Last Mimzy (Soundtrack) Various
2007 Some Enchanted Evening Art Garfunkel
2007 Music From Here To Andromeda Michael Lee Hill
2007 Free Joe Brucato
2007 The Essential Paul Simon (CD & DVD) Paul Simon
2007 Graceland (Special Edition: Bonus Tracks) Paul Simon
2007 Gold Etta James
2007 Some Enchanted Evening Art Garfunkle
2007 The Manhattan Affair Mike Catalano
2008 Cannon Reloaded Tom Scott
2008 The Works Jonathan Brooke
2008 Kingsway Roman Klun
2008 Live at Montreux 1976 Stuff
2008 Here & Gone David Sanborn
2008 Nonstop Travels (DVD) Michel Petrucciani
2008 V.S.O.P. Manhattan Jazz Quintet
2008 Our Bright Future Tracy Chapman
2008 Covers James Taylor
2008 No Regrets Randy Johnson & Joe Sample
2009 Harper Simon Harper Simon
2009 Don't Go To Strangers Colleen McNabb
2009 Other Covers James Taylor
2009 Colour Me Free Joss Stone
2009 Continental Talk Ratko Zjaca
2009 2.0 L'lmage
2010 Marimba Madness (DVD) Mika Yoshida
2010 Mikarimba Mika Yoshida
2010 Colorblind Alain Clark
2010 The Truth About Love Songs Lesley Meguid
2010 Live At Voce Deluxe Steve Gadd & Friends
2010 Last Alaska Moon Livingston Taylor
2010 Only Everything David Sanborn
2011 The Moon, the Stars and You Nils Landgren
2011 The Gaddabouts The Gaddabouts
2011 Jazz for Japan Various Artists
2011 Catch a Corner Cinque
2011 50 Words for Snow Kate Bush
2011 Director's Cut Kate Bush
2011 Songwriter Paul Simon
2011 In the Beginning Vol. 2 Hubert Laws
2012 La Grande Madre Pino Daniele
2012 Look Out Now The Gaddabouts
2012 Live Randy Crawford
2012 NOW L'lmage
2013 Quartet Humaine Bob James & David Sanborn
2013 The Pedrito Martinez Group Pedro Martinez Group
2013 Old Sock Eric Clapton
2013 If You Believe Mika Stoltzman
2013 Gadditude Steve Gadd Band


  • Gadd's favorite coffee comes from Starbucks.
  • "Steve Gadd is to drumming as Pablo Picasso is to painting: modern yet elemental, groundbreaking but earthy, simple yet complex...and an important/ever-present part of our cultural panorama." -Peter Erskine
  • "I know the phrase one of a kind is used very often, but in this case, it really applies. Steve Gadd is solely responsible for inspiring an entire generation or more of players and their approach to the music. In other words, he's the real thing!" -Freddie Gruber
  • Many people assume that he played with the British rock band Charlie, but that is a different Steve Gadd.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Yamaha
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Shure
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Vic Firth

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