Basic Background Info

Birth: February 5, 1956
Location: Brownsville, Pennsylvania
Band: Frank Zappa, Sting, Jing Chai
Genres: Rock, Progressive, Jazz, Fusion
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Hailed as one of the greatest drummers in modern music, Vinnie Colaiuta has earned the respect of musicians, critics, and fans. Reflecting on a practice session with Frank Zappa, guitarist Steve Vai said of Vinnie Colaiuta's playing, "It was the sickest thing I have ever seen."

Vincent Colaiuta played drums as a child in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and his parents gave him his first real drum kit when he was fourteen. Vinnie Colaiuta studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music for one year, before moving to Los Angeles.

Vinnie Colaiuta seamlessly performed a difficult piece, "The Black Page," for a Frank Zappa audition in 1978, and subsequently performed Zappa's infamously complicated arrangements during studio and live performances. Vinnie Colaiuta recorded Tinsel Town Rebellion, Joe's Garage, and Shut Up n' Play Yer Guitar with Zappa. Vinnie Colaiuta worked well with Zappa because of his aptitude with challenging time signatures and rhythmic innovation.

After performing with Zappa, Vinnie Colaiuta performed with Joni Mitchell for several years. Then Vinnie became a preferred studio musician in Los Angeles. Vinnie Colaiuta worked with rock, pop, and jazz artists, including Gino Vannelli, Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Jackson, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, , Wang Chung, Chaka Khan, Jeff Beck, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Haslip, Quincy Jones, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and Buell Neidlinger.

An audition in 1990 landed Vinnie Colaiuta a position drumming with Sting for the next seven years. Vinnie Colaiuta worked with Sting again in 2003 on the album Sacred Love. While working with Sting, Vinnie released his first solo album in 1994, featuring guest artists John Patitucci, Herbie Hancock, Sting, and Michael Landau.

In 2002, his trio with Robben Ford and Jimmy Haslip, Jing Chi, released their self-titled debut album. Vinnie Colaiuta continues performing in studios in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and London.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1977 Christopher Morris Band Christopher Morris Band
1979 Collection Lee Ritenour
1979 Joe's Garage Frank Zappa
1980 Upright Philip Aaberg
1980 Nightwalker Gino Vannelli
1981 Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Frank Zappa
1981 Tinsel Town Rebellion Frank Zappa
1981 Swing Richard Perry
1981 Pages Pages
1981 Tiger's Baku Tiger Okoshi
1982 Wild Things Run Fast Joni Mitchell
1982 Desire Tom Scott
1982 New York City Barry Finnerty
1982 The Direction West Kazu
1982 I Wanna Do It With You Barry Manilow
1982 Venus Logic System
1982 Dreams And Themes Patrick Williams
1982 Mudd Cake Tiger Okoshi
1982 Time Of Our Lives Judy Collins
1982 Championship Wrestling Al Kooper
1982 Juice/Quiet Lies Juice Newton
1982 Blues Trilogy Clare Fischer
1982 Right Here And Now Bill Medley
1983 Sergio Mendes Sergio Mendes
1983 The Man From Utopia Frank Zappa
1983 Imagination Helen Reddy
1983 Standing On The Outside Kazu Matsui Project
1983 Walk A Fine Line Paul Anka
1983 Not The Boy Next Door Peter Allen
1983 Blind Luck Nielson/Pearson Band
1983 Bossa Nova Hotel Michael Sembello
1983 Dirty Looks Juice Newton
1984 Standing in the Wings The Kazu Project
1984 Is That The Way To Your Heart? Kazu Matsui Project
1984 That's R & B-Bop Pastiche
1984 Emotion Barbra Streisand
1984 Fiesta Victor Feldman
1984 Bouncin' off the Walls Matthew Wilder
1984 Inamorata Poco
1985 Dog Eat Dog Joni Mitchell
1985 Freeway Mentality Doug Cameron
1985 Without Walls Michael Sembello
1985 Lights On Broadway Barry Finnerty
1985 Himalaya Jeff Richman
1985 Soul Kiss Olivia Newton-John
1985 Night Shift The Commodores
1985 Maurice White Maurice White
1985 Secret You Keep Joe Lamont
1986 The Bridge Billy Joel
1986 Digital Madness Barnaby Finch
1986 Time Zone Jakob Magnusson
1986 For Earth and Heaven Indra Lesmana
1986 Images Bill Meyers
1986 To Be Continued... Temptations
1986 Let Them Talk Stone Fury
1986 Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar Frank Zappa
1987 Voices of the Heart Eric Marienthal
1987 BÍte Noire Bryan Ferry
1987 GRP Super Live in Concert GRP All Stars
1987 Trapped in Body of a White Girl Julie Brown
1987 Memento Clare Fischer
1987 Streamlines Tom Scott
1987 Collaboration George Benson
1987 Buscando Soles Frank Quintero
1987 Policy Martha Davis
1987 Joyride Joyride
1987 Passion Suite Doug Cameron
1987 I'm Only Fooling Myself Eric Martin
1987 Between The Lines Five Star
1987 Don't Give Up Your Day Job Jack Wagner
1987 Birds of Passage Sadao Watanabe
1987 Gringo Gregg Rolie
1987 Views of the Future Pat Kelley
1987 Birds of Passage Sadao Watanabe
1987 Portrait Lee Ritenour
1987 Famous Blue Raincoat Jennifer Warnes
1987 Swing Street Barry Manilow
1987 Northern Nights Dan Siegel
1987 My Ballads Malta
1988 Talk to Your Daughter Robben Ford
1988 Close-Up David Sanborn
1988 Kilimanjaro Rippingtons
1988 Yutaka Yutaka
1988 Positive Peabo Bryson
1988 The Way In Jeff Richman
1988 Dreams Come True Suzanne Dean
1988 Y KANT TORI READ Tori Amos
1988 Get Here Brenda Russell
1988 Time No Longer Kazu Matsui
1988 Last Days of the Century Al Stewart
1988 John Patitucci John Patitucci
1988 Guitar Frank Zappa
1988 Butterfly Les McCann
1988 The Real Me Patti Austin
1988 Flight Perri
1988 Flashpoint Tom Scott
1988 Breakfast for Dinosaurs The Fowler Brothers
1988 Traveler Brandon Fields
1988 Lay It on the Line Sam Riney
1988 GRP Christmas Collection Various Artists
1988 At Last Sam Riney
1988 Claus Ogerman Featuring Michael Brecker Claus Ogerman
1988 Bird of Paradise Djavan
1988 I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen
1989 Thunder from Down Under Frank Gambale
1989 Selected Sadao Watanabe
1989 The Warmer Side of Cool Wang Chung
1989 Barry Manilow Barry Manilow
1989 Secrets Allan Holdsworth
1989 Mil Amores Doug Cameron
1989 On the Corner John Patitucci
1989 The Works Nik Kershaw
1989 Big Harvest Indio
1989 Still Cruisin' The Beach Boys
1989 Late One Night Dan Siegel
1989 The Best of Feldman and the Generation Band Victor Feldman
1989 Drop of Water Keiko Matsui
1989 Under Northern Lights Keiko Matsui
1989 Mr. Jordan Julian Lennon
1989 No Borders Keiko Matsui
1990 Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series
1990 Amazon Secrets Ricardo Silveira
1990 A Total Eclipse Vernell Brown
1990 Bedtime Stories David Baerwald
1990 Night Watch Ricky Peterson
1990 Inner Motion David Benoit
1990 Hi Ashley Maher
1990 War Stories Kimo Williams
1990 The Language of Life Everything But the Girl
1990 The Colour Of The Truth Bill Meyers
1990 Signs of Life Barbara Higbie
1990 Paint Another Picture Darlene Love
1990 Beth Nielsen Chapman Beth Nielsen Chapman
1990 Blue Pacific Michael Franks
1990 Other Voices Paul Young
1990 Sketchbook John Patitucci
1990 Welcome to the St. James' Club Rippingtons
1990 Monna Bell Ahora Monna Bell
1990 Nice Moves Steve Bach
1990 Because It's Christmas Barry Manilow
1991 For The Boys: Music From The Motion Picture Various Artists
1991 Crossroads Eric Marienthal
1991 Swept Julia Fordham
1991 The Soul Cages Concert Sting
1991 Worldwide Everything But the Girl
1991 Smile Blue Ricky Peterson
1991 Windham Hill Sampler '92 Windham Hill Records Sampler
1991 Mood Swing Bob Malach
1991 House of Hope Toni Childs
1991 Awa Yio Ivan Lins
1991 Night Ride Home Joni Mitchell
1991 Journey to You Doug Cameron
1991 Claus Ogerman Featuring Michael Brecker Claus Ogerman
1991 Free Rick Astley
1991 This Is Now Eddie Daniels
1991 Going Home Dan Siegel
1991 Any Way the Wind Blows Frank Zappa
1991 Saarbrucken 1979 Frank Zappa
1992 GRP 10th Anniversary Collection Various Artists
1992 The Future Leonard Cohen
1992 Fat City Shawn Colvin
1992 Wardenclyffe Tower Allan Holdsworth
1992 Taken to Heart Tom Lellis
1992 Dedication Bunny Brunel
1992 Me Siento Tan Sola Gloria Trevi
1992 Greatest Hits Brenda Russell
1992 High Heels Pat Kelley
1992 The Hunter Jennifer Warnes
1992 Life Is Messy Rodney Crowell
1992 Still Tony Banks
1992 Wild About Nothing Helen Hoffner
1992 Other Places Brandon Fields
1992 Indian Summer Go West
1992 Heartscapes Tom Fowler
1993 Tigress Sonya Jason
1993 Here It Is Jevetta Steele
1993 Big Drum Buell Neidlinger Quartet
1993 Vanishing Race Air Supply
1993 Three Graces Jeff Beal
1993 My World Ray Charles
1993 Ten Summoner's Tales Sting
1993 Double Tuff Kal David
1993 Providence Tim Weston
1993 Another Sun Yutaka
1993 The Wedding Album Duran Duran
1994 Heart to Heart Diane Schuur
1994 Aqui Estoy Rosco Martinez
1994 Voce E Minha Roberto Carlos
1994 Brandon Fields Brandon Fields
1994 El Camino del Alma Cristian
1994 Meanwhile Third Matinee
1994 Emperors of Soul Temptations
1994 Vinnie Colaiuta Vinnie Colaiuta
1994 Ride 4Him
1995 007 Gold Singer SMAP
1995 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 6 Frank Zappa
1995 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 4 Frank Zappa
1995 Ulisse Fiorentino Umberto
1995 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore - Vol. 1 Frank Zappa
1995 Good News from the Next World Simple Minds
1995 Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits Don Henley
1995 Love Songs David Sanborn
1995 If My Heart Had Wings Melissa Manchester
1995 Time Was Curtis Stigers
1995 No Resemblance Whatsoever Dan Fogelberg
1995 Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa Frank Zappa
1995 The Promise John McLaughlin
1995 Voglio Una Donna Drupi
1995 Soul Survivor Bobby Caldwell
1996 Tales From the Bulge Michael Landau
1996 Nessun Pericolo...Per Te Vasco Rossi
1996 Oceano Sergio Mendes
1996 It's Good Eve Vonda Shepard
1996 Donde Hay Musica Eros Ramazzotti
1996 Lore Clannad
1996 Lost Episodes Frank Zappa
1996 Mercury Falling Sting
1996 Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa Frank Zappa
1996 Eat The Phikis Elio E Le Storie Tese
1996 Hits Joni Mitchell
1996 Misses Joni Mitchell
1996 Sanctuary: 20 Years of Windham Hill Various Artists
1996 Dove C' E Musica Eros Ramazzotti
1996 Thanks to Frank Warren Cuccurullo
1997 Santa Rita De Sampa Rita Lee
1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion
1997 Tribute to Jeff David Garfield
1997 Blue Tav Steve Tavaglione
1997 New Spirits in Jazz - Vol. 3 New Spirits in Jazz
1997 Live From Blue Note Tokyo Chick Corea
1997 Carnival: Rainforest Foundation Concert Various Artists
1997 Fiesta & More Victor Feldman
1997 Cocoon Soundtrack James Horner
1997 More Best of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen
1997 Starfish And The Moon Bill Evans
1997 Have I Offended Someone? Frank Zappa
1997 Greatest Hits Vol. 3 Billy Joel
1998 Celeste Azzurro E Blue Gianni Morandi
1998 Spirit Jewel
1998 My Favorite Songs Gitte Haenning
1998 Canzoni Per Me Vasco Rossi
1998 Outlandos D'Americas: A Rock En Espanol Tribute To The Police Various Artists
1998 Todo el Amor Myriam Hernandez
1998 Space Age Blues Barry Finnerty
1998 Sun Song Tony Darren
1998 Wigged Out Randy Waldman
1999 We Offer Praises Ron Kenoly
1999 Enrique Iglesias Enrique Iglesias
1999 Sessions Kenny Pore
1999 Sessions Kenny Pore
1999 Amarte Es Un Placer Luis Miguel
1999 Not the Same Old Song & Dance: Aerosmith Tribute Various Artists
1999 Supernatural Robben Ford
1999 Touch Bill Evans
1999 Smokin' Section Tom Scott
1999 Bien Frank Quintero
1999 Brand New Day Sting
1999 Son of Cheap Thrills Frank Zappa
2000 My Kind of Christmas Christina Aguilera
2000 Friendship T-Square
2000 The Jazz Channel Presents Chaka Khan Chaka Khan
2000 Basie and Beyond Quincy Jones & Sammy Nestico
2000 A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins Ivan Lins
2000 Come Fa Bene l'Amore Gianni Morandi
2000 Tomorrow's Yesterday Melvin Lee Davis
2000 Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy Various Artists
2000 Paris Rain Brenda Russell
2000 Fearless Crystal Lewis
2000 Los Lobotomys Los Lobotomys
2000 Time Code Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Mike Figgis
2000 Freedom Melissa Ferrick
2000 Rainmaker Lothar Kosse
2000 Fingerprints Larry Carlton
2000 Two Against Nature Steely Dan
2000 Celebrating the Music of Weather Report Jason Miles / Various Artists
2001 MTV Unplugged Alejandro Sanz
2001 Greatest Hurts: The Best of Jann Arden Jann Arden
2001 Christmas Memories Barbra Streisand
2001 Glorify Edify Testify The Martins
2001 Tracking Kimo Williams
2001 Whole SHeBANG: All Mixed Up SHeDAISY
2001 Reverence Richard Bona
2001 Live at the Baked Potato 2000 Dyno Four
2001 Voices Mike Stern
2001 Live at the Baked Potato - Vol. Two Various Artists
2001 Spirit Room Michelle Branch
2001 UnReel Randy Waldman
2001 Acacia Yumi Matsutoya
2001 Aura Asia
2001 Modern Drummer Festival 2000 Various
2001 Live at the Baked Potato - Vol. One Various Artists
2001 M2 (M Squared) Marcus Miller
2001 Trouble In Shangri-La Stevie Nicks
2001 Document Karizma
2001 Living Aydin Esen
2001 Stupido Hotel Vasco Rossi
2001 Phenomenal Woman Amy Sky
2001 Surfacing John Beasley
2002 From The Inside Laura Pausini
2002 Cry Faith Hill
2002 Testimony Dana Glover
2002 Twisted Angel LeAnn Rimes
2002 Morning Noon & Night Bob James
2002 For You Jack Russell
2002 The Very Best of MTV Unplugged Various Artists - Pop (Sting)
2002 Let's Roll: Together in Unity Various Artists
2002 Blue Moon Robben Ford
2002 Queen of the Damned Original Soundtrack
2002 An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs Of Pink Floyd Various Artists
2002 Jing Chi Jing Chi
2002 Rit's House Lee Ritenour
2002 Beautiful World Take 6
2003 Measure of a Man Clay Aiken
2003 Clean Up Ilse Delange
2003 Munia: The Tale Richard Bona
2003 Sacred Love Sting
2003 No Es Lo Mismo Alejandro Sanz
2003 Vivencias Marcos Witt
2003 Inside Out Nate Sallie
2003 Timing Is Everything Randy Waldman
2003 Jing Chi Live at Yoshi's Jing Chi
2003 Cave Men Cave Men
2003 Giving Back David Garfield
2003 The Very Best of MTV Unplugged 2 Various Artists (Sting)
2003 Michael BublÈ Michael BublÈ
2003 Big Fun Bill Evans
2003 Halloween Frank Zappa
2003 Earth + Sky Andy Summers
2003 One Two Jeff Richman
2003 1 2 to the Bass Stanley Clarke
2004 Speak Lindsay Lohan
2004 Animals Frank Macchia
2004 Drums of Avila Vito Rezza
2004 Merry Christmas with Love Clay Aiken
2004 Razon De Sobra Marco Antonio SolÌs
2004 A Christmas Album James Taylor
2004 Motown Two Michael McDonald
2004 Something To Fall Back On Jaffe
2004 Heart and Soul Joe Cocker
2004 Shall We Dance? (Soundtrack) Various Artists
2004 American Drummers Achievement Awards Honoring Steve Gadd Various Artists
2004 Dana Owens Album Queen Latifah
2004 Hilary Duff Hilary Duff
2004 When I Fall In Love Chris Botti
2004 System Has Failed Megadeth
2004 Nightcap Marilyn Scott
2004 West Coast Groove Greg Mathieson
2004 Bourne Supremacy Original Score
2004 3D Jing Chi
2004 Smooth Jazz: Cruisin Various Artists
2004 Rediscovery On GRP Dianne Schuur
2004 Benoit/Freeman Project 2 David Benoit
2004 Lost and Found Karizma
2004 Renee Olstead Renee Olstead
2004 Tribute To Jimi Hendrix: Power Of Soul Various Artists
2004 Greatest Hits Jim Brickman
2004 Spin The Bottle: Tribute To Kiss Various Artists
2004 Buoni O Cattivi Vasco Rossi
2004 Mad Love Robi Draco Rosa
2004 Kimotion Live 2002 - With My Friend Vinnie Kimo Williams
2004 Tribute To Aerosmith Various Artists
2004 Live in Switzerland Abe Laboriel
2004 These Times Mike Stern
2005 This Woman LeAnn Rimes
2005 Adentro Ricardo Arjona
2005 Flying Over Bridges Ashley Maher
2005 Pieces of a Dream Anastacia
2005 Calma Apparente Eros Ramazzotti
2005 At This Time Burt Bacharach
2005 #1's Destiny's Child
2005 Revolution Of The Spirit Various Artists
2005 To Love Again Chris Botti
2005 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas Various Artists
2005 Beautifully Insane P.J. Olsson
2005 The State Of Things David Garfield
2005 Paris Blue Kyle Eastwood
2005 Blues Beppe Cantarelli
2005 PCD Pussycat Dolls
2005 Soulgrass Bill Evans
2005 The Secret Of Movin' On David Pack
2005 The Loner - A Tribute To Jeff Beck Various Artists
2005 Fusion For Miles Various Guitarists
2005 Fireflies Faith Hill
2005 Handpicked Marilyn Scott
2005 The Colours Of Life Amber Whitlock
2005 Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse Various Artists
2005 Hurricane Eric Benet
2005 Lord of the Past Bob Bennett
2005 Never Gone Backstreet Boys
2005 Rock Swings Paul Anka
2005 Against the Clock: The Best of Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth
2005 Time Zone Jakob Magnusson
2005 Songs of a Prairie Girl Joni Mitchell
2005 Welcome to the Nightmare: An All-Star Salute to Alice Cooper Various Artists
2005 Lo Mejor de Marta Sanchez Marta Sanchez
2005 It's Time Michael BublÈ
2005 Sketchin' Rob Whitlock
2005 That's Live Julia Fordham
2006 Legends Of Jazz With Ramsey Lewis Box Set Various Artists
2006 Yo Canto Laura Pausini
2006 Michelle Tumes Michelle Tumes
2006 Awake Josh Groban
2006 Soulful Christmas Brian Culbertson
2006 Trance-Fusion Frank Zappa
2006 Givin' It Up George Benson
2006 Kinesthetics Scott Kinsey
2006 Cool Yule Bette Midler
2006 James Taylor At Christmas James Taylor
2006 Pioneer The Kazu Matsui Project
2006 Aneurythms Jeff Berlin
2006 Here's to the Heroes The Ten Tenors
2006 Overnight Sensational Sam Moore
2006 Tiki Richard Bona
2006 Smoke 'n' Mirrors Lee Ritenour
2006 This Crazy Life Joanna
2006 Cool To The Touch Greg Adams
2006 Summer Jam Session Various Artists
2006 Whatever We Wanna LeAnn Rimes
2006 '80s Metal Tribute to Van Halen Various Artists
2006 Departure Dan Siegel
2006 Rendezvous in Rio Michael Franks
2006 My Destiny / Somewhere Over the Rainbow CD-SINGLE Katharine McPhee
2006 Back in Town Matt Dusk
2006 Gringo Gregg Rolie
2006 Industrial Zen John McLaughlin
2006 Innocent of Nothing Marilyn Scott
2006 Return to the Dark Side of the Moon: A Tribute to Pink Floyd Various Artists
2006 The Royal Dan: A Tribute Various Artists
2006 Life Lessons: The Best of Amy Sky Amy Sky
2006 Official Bootleg USA '06 Jeff Beck
2006 Legends of Jazz Showcase Various Artists
2006 Sketchin' 2 Rob Whitlock
2006 What Love Is Erin Boheme
2006 The Very Best of Tom Scott Tom Scott
2006 Pink Floyd's The Wall Revisited Various Artists
2006 Wood II Brian Bromberg
2006 Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne Various Artists
2006 Funk Academy Various Artists
2006 Mo' Animals Frank Macchia
2006 The Ultimate Adventure Chick Corea
2006 Amore Andrea Bocelli
2006 More or Less Jazz Two Various Artists
2006 Ace of Bass Jeff Berlin
2007 Warchest Megadeth
2007 Hits Faith Hill
2007 Italia Chris Botti
2007 River: The Joni Letters Herbie Hancock
2007 Sweet Drive Les Sabler
2007 Damn Near Righteous Bill Medley
2007 The Last of Seven Pat Monahan
2007 Fuzzy Oz Noy
2007 The Storm Travis Tritt
2007 Forever Cool Dean Martin
2007 Home At Last Billy Ray Cyrus
2007 Freeway Jam: To Beck and Back Various Artists
2007 Call Me Irresponsible Michael BublÈ
2007 For Her Brian Buckley
2007 Mondo Trio Jeff Babko
2007 On My Way to You Daniel Lee Martin
2007 He Had a Hat Jeff Lorber
2007 Buffalo Frank Zappa
2007 Downright Upright Brian Bromberg
2007 We All Love Ennio Morricone Various Artists
2007 Jill Scott Collaborations Jill Scott
2007 Plays Well With Others Wayne Bergeron
2008 Alla en el Sur Ilona
2008 X2 Celine Dion
2008 Soul Peak Michael McDonald
2008 Randy Jackson's Music Club Randy Jackson
2008 Vivere Andrea Bocelli
2008 Motown Hitsville USA Boyz II Men
2008 Unbreakable: Tour Edition Backstreet Boys
2008 Lucky Penny Julia Francis
2008 LeAnn Rimes Collector's Edition Tin LeAnn Rimes
2008 The Ultimate Tribute to Led Zepplin Various Artists
2008 Chante Moore Love the Woman
2008 The Collection Leonard Cohen
2008 Si Tu Te Vas Los Temerarios
2008 After Hours Vibes Alive
2008 Meet Glen Campbell Glen Campbell
2008 Dukey Treats George Duke
2008 The L.A. Chillharmonic L.A. Chillharmonic
2008 Greatest Hits Dave Koz
2008 The & Now: Definitive Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
2008 Anthology: Set the World Afire Megadeth
2008 On Line Simone Borghi
2008 Les Paul & Friends: Tribute To a Legend Various Artists
2008 Christmas & Hits Duos Brian Culbertson
2008 Aire Luz Rios
2008 Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott's Jeff Beck
2008 Progressive Rock Friends Asia
2009 Bare Bones Madeleine Peyroux
2009 So Far From Home Torcuato Mariano
2009 Duplicity (Movie Soundtrack) James Newton Howard
2009 From 8 To Infinite Soup
2009 Harmonic Crusader Lyle Workman
2009 My One & Only Thrill Melody Gardot
2009 Five Peace Band (Live) Five Peace Band
2009 80s Metal: A Double Dose Various Artists
2009 Ali e Radici Eros Ramazzotti
2009 Tide Luciana Souza
2009 Reunion Jeff Lashway
2009 Amina Ashley Maher
2010 Truth Be Told Mark Egan
2010 Emotion and Commotion Jeff Beck
2010 Now Is the Time Jeff Lorber
2010 The Imagine Project Herbie Hancock
2010 In the Moment Tom Hemby
2010 6 String Theory Lee Ritenour
2010 Brian Bomberg Plays Jimi Hendrix Brian Bomberg
2010 Like That Jeff Richman
2010 ...Featuring Norah Jones Norah Jones
2010 Christmas Jazzmaz Anna Mjoll
2010 Reveile Kermit Driscoll
2011 The Road... Keiko Matsui
2011 The Doug Lunn Project Doug Lunn
2011 Umbigobunker!? Jay Vauger
2011 Dream Of the Peaceful Warrior Mark Stevens
2011 Centrafugal Satz Clack: Morning Steve Kusaba
2011 Twisted Blues Vol. 1 Oz Noy
2011 The Charlie Brown Collection Vince Guaraldi
2012 Guerreros de Luz Frank Quinterro
2012 Galaxy Jeff Lorber
2012 Kisses on the Bottom Paul McCartney
2012 Organic Instrumentals Michael Landau
2012 Amor Es una Cosa Simple Tiziano Ferro
2012 5th House Dominic Miller
2012 Howie 61 Wayne Krantz
2012 Evolution Msm Schmidt & Team Amerika
2012 Impressions  Chris Botti
2012 Jacaranda Trevor Rabin
2012 Compared To That Brian Bromberg
2012 Rhythm Sessions Lee Ritenour
2012 Perfect Harmony Karizma
2012 Remember Mickey Dolenz
2012 On the Way To Everything Soleil Moon
2012 Drew Zingg Drew Zingg
2013 The Beat  Boney James
2013 49 (Forty Nine) Yoonchan Kwak
2013 Unstoppable Momentum Joe Satriani
2013 Hacienda Jeff Lorber
2014 Nathan East Nathan East
2014 Surya Namaskar Dewa Budjana
2014 Purposeful Porpoise Purposeful Porpoise


  • Vinnie on Frank Zappa: 'He sort of took me under his wing, he was like a mentor to me. The band, it was like Juliard meets boot camp meets, I don't know, comedy, you know?'

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Gretsch
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshoo
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Rode
Percussion: Factory Metal
Sticks: Zildjian

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