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Terry Bozzio performing with Fantômas at Quart Festival, Norway on July 9, 2005.
|Birth name||Terry John Bozzio|
|Also known as||Terry "Ted" Bozzio|
December 27, 1950 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, jazz/fusion, synthpop, classical, alternative, progressive|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals|
|Associated acts||Frank Zappa, UK, Missing Persons, HoBoLeMa, Jeff Beck, Fantômas, Debbie Harry|
Terry Bozzio was born December 27, 1950 in San Francisco, California. He started at age 6 playing makeshift drum sets. At the age of 13 he saw The Beatles premier performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and begged his father for drum lessons. During the 1960s, he played in the garage bands Blue Grass Radio, The Yarde, and Tamalpais Jungle Mountain Boys.
In 1968 Bozzio attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California, where he received a music scholarship award, and later went on to the College of Marin. During this time he studied concurrently with Chuck Brown on the drum set and Lloyd Davis and Roland Kohloff on a percussion and timpani scholarship. He also played Bartok-Dahl-Cowell & Baroque chamber ensembles with the Marin and Napa County Symphonies.
In 1972 Bozzio played in the rock musicals Godspell and Walking in my Time. He also began playing in local jazz groups with Mark Isham, Peter Maunu, Patrick O'Hearn, Mike Knock, Art Lande, Azteca, Eddie Henderson, Woody Shaw, Julian Priester, Eric Gravatt, Billy Higgins, Andy Narell, Hadley Calliman, Mel Graves, and Mel Martin. He became a regular in the Monday Night Jim Dukey Big Band at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.
He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, and appeared, also as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa's most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, and in the concert movie Baby Snakes (which includes him singing lead on a portion of the song "Punky's Whips"). He is noted for performing Zappa's "The Black Page", a piece of music designed to be a "musician's nightmare" a page so filled with notes as to be almost black.
In 1977 he joined The Brecker Brothers with long time San Francisco friend and guitarist Barry Finnerty. With The Brecker Brothers, Bozzio toured and recorded the album "Heavy Metal Be-Bop." Shortly after, he was dismissed by Zappa as he joined Group 87 with Mark Isham, Peter Maunu, Patrick O'Hearn and Peter Wolf. The group auditioned for and got a record deal with CBS; Bozzio declined membership in the group and then auditioned unsuccessfully for Thin Lizzy.
After Bill Bruford & Allan Holdsworth departure from the band UK in late 1978, Bozzio joined Eddie Jobson and John Wetton to continue UK as a trio. The trio recorded Danger Money and Night After Night and toured the US twice (supporting Jethro Tull), as well as Europe and Japan.
After UK disbanded in early 1980, Bozzio, ex-Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and then-wife and vocalist Dale Bozzio founded the band Missing Persons. Missing Persons released the albums Spring Session M (which went Gold), Rhyme & Reason, and Color in Your Life. They also toured the US & Europe and appeared on TV and radio shows.
After Missing Persons breakup in 1986, Bozzio joined ex-Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor's solo band. He also played on sessions with Robbie Robertson, Gary Wright, Don Dokken, XYZ, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Dweezil Zappa, and Richard Marx. During this time he also began touring as a clinician/solo drummer and recorded Solo Drums which was his first instructional video for WB. Bozzio also joined Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck to make the video Throwaway, and teamed up with Beck & keyboardist Tony Hymas to co-write/produce and perform on the Grammy Award winning album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, promoted on the Arsenio Hall show - Jeff Beck's first ever live appearance on American TV, .
In 1988 Bozzio married Ev Kvamme. They have one son.
Between the years of 1990–1995 Terry developed ostinato-based drum solo compositions and recorded his second instructional video Melodic Drumming and the Ostinato Volumes 1, 2, and 3, as well as Solo Drum Music Volumes 1 & 2 on CD. He also joined Tony Hymas, Tony Coe, and Hugh Burns to form the band Lonely Bears and record The Lonely Bears, Injustice, and The Bears are Running, while living in Paris, France. He also formed the band Polytown with David Torn and Mick Karn.
From 1995 to 2002 Bozzio did tours of the US, Australia, Canada & Europe as a solo drum artist as well as recording two solo CDs: Drawing the Circle and Chamberworks. With bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin and guitarist Steve Stevens, he formed the group Bozzio Levin Stevens, which released two albums, in 1997 and 2000, respectively.
In 2001, he teamed up with Chad Wackerman to produce the Duets video and Alternative Duets CDs. Bozzio was inducted into the Modern Drummer "Hall of Fame" and won the Clinician of the Year award twice as well as Drum Magazine's Drummer of the Year and Best Clinician. Internationally, he received Slagwerkkrant Magazine's (Netherlands) and Player Magazine's (Japan) Best Drummer Award.
Bozzio was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Hollywood on January 17, 2007 along with rock and roll icons Ronnie James Dio and Slash. Bozzio also worked with the nu-metal band Korn on their 8th studio album after the departure of their drummer David Silveria. He was scheduled to play on the road with the band during the Family Values Tour, but he left and was replaced by Joey Jordison of Slipknot and later Ray Luzier.
UK have recently reformed with John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio for a world tour in 2012.
In most of Bozzio’s works, the ostinato is played using various bass drum and hi-hat permutations while he solos against these rhythms using his hands. Sometimes (often in the same composition) the opposite is true, where he will hold an ostinato pattern with his hands and solo with his feet. Of late Mr. Bozzio (always a melodic player) has taken a more structural approach to his playing and composition. He uses two octaves of pitched toms and several "tuned" metallics (cymbals, spokes, bells, gongs, etc.) to play melodies much like a marimba, but with all the rhythmic variation of conventional drumming. Combined with his use of ostinato he has made quite a career of solo drumming (not to mention his status as a sideman).
Below is Terry's 'Big Kit' drum setup(2012) 
Drum Workshop Collector's Series Vertical Grain Low Timber shells in Ziracote finish over Mapa Burl Exotic black powdercoat lugs – black powdercoat rims – with TB "tunerz" lug locking adapters to prevent detuning & back turning. All heads are Terry Bozzio Attack signature in clear Mylar.
Bass Drums: 12x20", 16x18", 16x20" (x2), 14x24", 14x16" All bds are mounted on PDP cradles that allow the most tone & resonance and adjustment for striking the sweet spot on the head. Beaters are Puresound Percussion hard plastic or felt.
Snare Drums: 5.5x12" Solid Maple Craviotto snare tuned to B (Puresound snares) 10″ snare tuned to D (Puresound snares)
Tom-Toms: 5x8", 5x10" (x5), 7x10", 6x12" (x2), 8x12", 9x13", 11x14"
Specialty Drums: 2x8"(x14) Piccolo Toms designed by Bozzio and John Good. Chromatically tuned from high C to C an octave lower. (drums descend in 1/2 step in pitch from upper L down to lower R at a diagonal angle)
(all bass drum pedals w/nylon strap & TB’s special cam modifications)
9000 Single Bass Drum Pedal (x2)
5002L Remote Bass Drum Pedal (x2)
5002R Remote Bass Drum Pedal (x2)
Remote pedals are 9000 single post (right side pedal posts are reversed because linkage goes to the right and to allow for the pedals to sit close to each other)
9500 Hi-Hat with custom linkage (x5)
DW Rack Component Bars, Clamps, Arms and Memory Locks.
All cymbals are Sabian Radia Terry Bozzio signatures.
- Solo Drum Music I (1992)
- Solo Drum Music II (1992)
- Drawing The Circle (1998)
- Chamber Works (1998)
- Solos & Duets (with Chad Wackerman) (2001)
- Nine Short Films (with Billy Sheehan) (2002)
- Chamber Works (2005, with Metropole Orchestra)
- Prime Cuts (2005)
- Four From Ten Twenty Nine (2008)
- Seven Nights in Japan (2008)
- Bongo Fury (October 1975), US No. 66
- Zoot Allures (October 1976), US No. 71
- Zappa in New York (March 1977), US No. 57
- Studio Tan (1978)
- Sleep Dirt (January 1979), US No. 175
- Sheik Yerbouti (March 1979), US No. 21
- Joe's Garage (September 1979), US No. 27 (vocals only)
- Orchestral Favorites (1979)
- Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (May 1981)
- Baby Snakes (March 1983)
- Thing-Fish (November 1984)
- You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (May 1988)
- You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (November 1989)
- You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (July 1991)
- You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 (July 1992)
- You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 (July 1992)
- Läther (September 1996)
- Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute (October 1996)
- The Lost Episodes (1996)
- FZ:OZ (August 2002)
- QuAUDIOPHILIAc (September 2004)
- Trance-Fusion (October 2006)
- One Shot Deal (June 2008)
- Joe's Menage (October 2008)
- Philly '76 (Dedember 2009)
- Missing Persons EP (1980) No. 46 US
- Spring Session M (1982) No. 17 US
- Rhyme & Reason (1984) No. 43 US
- Color in Your Life (1986) No. 88 US
- Late Nights Early Days (1999)
- Lost Tracks (2002)
- Back to the Beach Soundtrack (Wipe Out) with Herbie Hancock (1987)
- My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama (1988)
- Shampoohorn (1994)
- Automatic (2000)
- Born To Love You Luis Gasca (1974)
- Eye of the Beholder Ray Baretto (1977)
- Deceptive Bends 10cc (1977)
- Heavy Metal Be-Bop Brecker Brothers (1978)
- Group 87 Group 87 (1980)
- Andy Taylor Andy Taylor (1986)
- Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson (1987)
- Castalia Mark Isham (1988)
- Rivers Gonna Rise Patrick O'Hearn (1988)
- Who I Am Gary Wright (1988)
- Def, Dumb and Blonde Deborah Harry (1989)
- El Dorado Patrick O'Hearn (1989)
- How Long Michael Thompson (1989)
- Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop Jeff Beck & Tony Hymas (1989)
- Twins Soundtrack Jeff Beck (1989)
- Girlfriend from Hell Jorgenson (1990)
- Mark Isham Mark Isham (1990)
- Up From The Ashes Dokken (1990)
- Beckology Jeff Beck (1991)
- In Your Face Earl Slick (1991)
- Rush Street Richard Marx (1991)
- Retrograde Planet Zazen (1992)
- Vol. Pour Sydney Lonely Bears (1992)
- White Sands Soundtrack Patrick O'Hearn
- Sex and Religion Steve Vai (1993)
- Big Bang: In the Beginning Was a Drum Compilation (1994)
- Hide Your Face hide (1994)
- Polytown Polytown (1994)
- First Signs of Life Gary Wright (1995)
- Thank You Duran Duran (1995)
- Trust Patrick O'Hearn (1995)
- Black Light Syndrome Bozzio Levin Stevens (1997)
- Dream Castles Sly (1997)
- Something With a Pulse Mark Craney & Friends (1997)
- Age of Impact Explorer's Club (1998)
- Best of the Lonely Bears Lonely Bears (1998)
- Proof: The Very Best of the Knack The Knack (1998)
- Zoom The Knack (1998)
- Lonely Bears Lonely Bears (1999)
- Injustice Lonely Bears (2000)
- Situation Dangerous Bozzio Levin Stevens (2000)
- The Bears are Running Lonely Bears (2000)
- Compression Billy Sheehan (2001)
- Feeding The Wheel Jordan Rudess (2001)
- XYZ XYZ (2001)
- Big Delta Omar & The Howlers (2002)
- Delete & Roll Bozzio Preinfalk & Machacek (2002)
- Queen of the Damned Soundtrack Jonathan Davis, Richard Gibbs (2002)
- Raising The Mammoth The Explorers Club (2002)
- Bozzio - Mastelotto with Pat Mastelotto (2003)
- Alamo Soundtrack Carter Burwell (2004)
- Boogie Man Omar & The Howlers (2004)
- Drum Nation, Vol. 1 Various Artists (2004)
- Two Sides of If Vivian Campbell (2005)
- Sic Alex Machacek (2006)
- Untitled Korn (2007)
- Live with the Tosca Strings DVD (2008)
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- "The Drum Gods - 25 Legendary Talents Who Changed Drumming" / Modern Drummer Publications (Terry Bozzio is one of the 25 drummers profiled)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Terry Bozzio.|
- Terry Bozzio – Official site
- Terry Bozzio on Drum Channel
- Terry Bozzio : Sabian Cymbals - Artist Set-up
- Drum Workshop site, artists section : Contains an illustration of Terry Bozzio and other drummers' drum kits
- Terry Bozzio's Discography and Equipment List at BehindTheDrums