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Steve Gadd 

When: Fri., Nov. 22, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $22-$29
Few drummers are as versatile and consistently creative as Steve Gadd. “Every drummer wants to play like Gadd because he plays perfect,” Chick Corea once stated. The Irondequoit, New York-born musician’s signature grooves have anchored the music of Corea, Paul Simon, Al Di Meola, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, the band called Stuff, the disco productions of Van McCoy, and countless others over the past four decades. Touring in support of a new jazz CD titled Gadditude, the 68-year-old drummer will make a rare local appearance as a leader for two nights at Yoshi’s (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland) in the company of trumpeter Walt Fowler, organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Michael Landau, and bassist Jimmy Johnson, all of whom also work with him in James Taylor’s current band.
— Lee Hildebrand


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