Chad Wackerman Trio
Long Beach, CA
A phenomenally skilled jazz and rock drummer, Chad’s professional career began in 1978 with the Bill Watrous band. Since then he has amassed a remarkable body of work including a seven year association with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured the USA and Europe and recorded 26 albums including the London Symphony recordings.
He has also recorded 6 albums and toured with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, played on the ‘One Voice’ album and video with Barbra Streisand, and recorded albums and toured with artists as diverse as Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Men At Work, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, Dweezil Zappa, Pasqua/Holdsworth/Haslip/Wackerman Group, Terry Bozzio, Carl Verheyen and David Garfield.
Chad has also toured with James Taylor, John Patitucci, Joe Sample, Banned From Utopia and The World Drummers Ensemble (Bill Bruford, Luis Conte, Dou Dou Ndiaye Rose and Chad Wackerman) .
As a band leader and composer Chad has five critically acclaimed CDs: ‘Forty Reasons’, ‘The View’, ‘Scream’, ‘Legs Eleven’ and his latest release, Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations. Chad has written music for the television show ‘The Dennis Miller Show’, as well as composing music for Allan Holdsworth’s ‘Secrets’ , ‘Wardenclyffe Tower’ and ‘Sixteen Men of Tain’ CDs. His trio has a performance DVD, ‘Hits Live’.
Chad’s drumming combines the power and conviction of rock with the sensitivity and finesse of jazz. His playing is remarkably free of predictable patterns and licks, relying instead on invention and interplay with the musicians around him.
Mike Miller, born in Sioux Falls , South Dakota, the Hub of the Universe, is a Los Angeles based guitarist known for playing just about every kind of music there is.
Currently touring with legendary songwriter singer Boz Scaggs, Mike has played Jazz with Chick Corea, George Duke, Brand X and The Yellowjackets, Pop with Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, Bette Midler and Quincy Jones, Rock with Gino Vanelli, Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) and Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), as well as numerous orchestral soloist performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, both the Seattle, Wa. and Portland, Ore. Symphonies, and the Israeli Philharmonic.
He first came to Los Angeles to record with the Fowler Brothers Airpocket, and has been playing the music of Frank Zappa since high school. He toured and recorded with Don Preston, Jimmy Carl Black, and Napoleon Murphy Brock in several versions of The Grandmothers, and also performed/recorded/composed and toured with the acclaimed Zappa alumni group “Banned from Utopia” on their U.S. and European tours and subsequent album, “So You Don’t Like Modern Art”.
He has been fortunate to have played and collaborated with some of the world’s great drummers, in particular, Mark Craney (Gino Vanelli, Jethro Tull), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa), Vinnie Coliauta (Frank Zappa, Sting), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Steve Gadd (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, James Taylor), Simon Phillips (The Who), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Ndugu (George Duke), Sonny Emory, Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr), Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea), Alex Acuna (Weather Report), Gary Novack (Alanis Morrisette), Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joey Heredia, and Joel Taylor.
Mike has appeared on more than 200 albums and has released a number of his own, as well as writing music for other artists’ releases, and continues to work on numerous film and television projects, which has garnished two Grammy nominations (Chick Corea and The Yellowjackets) and co/composing the music for the Academy Award winning film, “Breathing Lessons.”
Jimmy Johnson (born 1956) is an American bass guitarist best known for his work with James Taylor, Allan Holdsworth and Flim & the BB’s. Raised in a rich musical environment, his father was a 47-year member of the Minnesota Orchestra’s bass section, his mother a piano teacher and accompanist, and his brother Gordon is also a professional bassist.
In 1976, Johnson worked with Alembic and GHS to create one of the first 5-string bass guitars with a low B string. Living in the Los Angeles area since 1979, Johnson continues to record and tour with singer-songwriter James Taylor and also appears with various groups at The Baked Potato jazz club in Studio City, California.