Dave Weckl in July 2004
|Born||January 8, 1960|
|Genres||Jazz fusion, post-bop|
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. 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. 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.
Endorsements and equipment
Weckl endorses Yamaha drums, pedals & hardware, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, Remo drumheads and mufflers,Shure Microphones, Latin Percussion, M-Audio and XL Cases.
Weckl played and endorsed Zildjian cymbals until 2001, when he switched to Sabian. In 2001, Weckl and Mark Love of Sabian Cymbals designed and released the HHX Evolution line of cymbals in accordance with Weckl's tastes for bright, open, and responsive sounds. In 2006, Weckl and Love released a new HHX Legacy line of cymbals which Weckl describes as the "darker side" of his sound. Weckl currently plays both lines in concert and recording situations.
Weckl has endorsed Vic Firth drumsticks throughout his career. In 1988, the Dave Weckl Signature series (SDW) was released, which were tailored according to Weckl's standards at that time. In 2001, the Dave Weckl Evolution Sticks (SDW2) were released. These sticks feature a short tear-drop tip on a 5A shaft with a different balance than the SDW line. These changes comply with the stylistic changes that Weckl made to his playing in the late 1990s, when he began to center his style of playing on openness and rebound.
Around 1996 his style and setup radically changed, in large part because of his studies with renowned drum teacher Freddie Gruber and the influence of Jim Chapin, the father of singer/songwriter Harry Chapin.
For drum heads, Dave endorses Remo Coated Ambassadors (toms), Coated Ambassadors (snare), Coated Ambassador (bass), Clear Ambassador (Resonant Tom Heads), Ambassador Snare Side (Snare side), Weckl Bass Drum Muffle and Weckl Active Snare Dampening System.
- 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)
Dave Weckl and Jay Oliver:
- 2014 – Convergence
- 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)
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