Dave Weckl

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Dave Weckl
Dave Weckl in July 2004
Background information
Born (1960-01-08) January 8, 1960 (age 54)
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, post-bop
Instruments Drums
Years active 1981-present
Labels GRP, Stretch
Website www.daveweckl.com
Dave Weckl live with the Mike Stern Band in 2009
Playing with the Chick Corea Elektric Band at the Blue Note in New York in December 2007

Dave Weckl (born January 8, 1960) is an American jazz fusion drummer. Weckl attended Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, MO and graduated in 1978. He majored in jazz studies at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Starting out on the New York fusion scene in the early 1980s, Weckl soon began working with artists such as Paul Simon, Madonna, George Benson, Michel Camilo, Robert Plant and Anthony Jackson. His most famous early work though, where his popularity blossomed, was with the Chick Corea Elektric Band from 1985 to 1991.

Weckl spent a total of seven years with Corea, during which he performed on numerous albums and also appeared with Corea's Akoustic Band.[1][2] He augmented his work with Corea by continuing his session work and appearing often with the GRP All-Star Big Band. In addition, he recorded four albums in 1988 and 1989 with the Manhattan Jazz Quintet. Weckl has also released a series of instructional videotapes, and in 1990, he led his first solo date, Master Plan, for GRP. Heads Up followed in 1992, as well as Hard-Wired in 1994.[2]

After leaving Corea's band, Weckl recorded and toured with guitarist Mike Stern.[3] Under his own name, he has been the leader of ten recordings since 1990, seven of which as the Dave Weckl Band. Dave endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drumsticks, all of whom he has assisted with the design of new products, such as Sabian's HHX Evolution and HHX Legacy cymbal lines.

Around 1996, his style and setup radically changed, in large part because of his studies with Freddie Gruber.

Drum heads[edit]

Remo Coated Ambassadors (toms), Coated Ambassadors (snare), Coated Ambassador (bass), Weckl Bass Drum Muffle and Weckl Active Snare Dampening System


Dave Weckl:

  • 1990 – Master Plan (GRP records)
  • 1992 – Heads Up (GRP records)
  • 1993 - J.K. Special (Lipstick Records)
  • 1994 – Hard Wired (GRP records)

Dave Weckl Band:

  • 1998 – Rhythm of the Soul (Stretch records)
  • 1999 – Synergy (Stretch records)
  • 2000 – Transition (Stretch records)
  • 2001 – The Zone (Stretch records)
  • 2002 – Perpetual Motion (Stretch records)
  • 2003 – Live (And Very Plugged In) (Stretch records)
  • 2005 – Multiplicity (Stretch records)


  • 1988 – Back to Basics (DCI music)
  • 1990 – The Next Step (DCI music)
  • 1993 – Working It Out: Latin Percussion I - With Walfredo Reyes, Sr. (DCI music)
  • 1993 – Working It Out: Latin Percussion II - With Walfredo Reyes, Sr. (DCI Music)
  • 2000 – How to Develop Your Own Sound (Carl Fischer publishing)
  • 2000 – How to Practice (Carl Fischer publishing)
  • 2000 – How to Develop Technique (Carl Fischer publishing)


  • 1988 – Back to Basics
  • 1992 – The Next Step (Manhattan Music)
  • 1994 – Contemporary Drummer + One (Manhattan Music)
  • 1997 – Ultimate Play-Along for Drums level I vol. I (Alfred Publishing Company)
  • 1997 – Ultimate Play-Along for Drums level I vol. II (Alfred Publishing Company)
  • 2001 – In Session with the Dave Weckl Band (Carl Fischer Music)
  • 2004 – Exercises for Natural Playing (Carl Fischer Music)



  1. ^ Freedman, Stefanee (9 March 2006). "Dave Weckl: Rhythm Talk". AllAboutJazz.com. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Dave Weckl Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dave Weckl at All About Jazz". Retrieved 27 March 2010. 

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