Wackerman at the 2007 The Hague Jazz festival
|Born||March 25, 1960|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz fusion, jazz, rock|
|Associated acts||Bill Watrous, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Men At Work, Colin Hay, Dweezil Zappa, Tom Grant, Allan Holdsworth, Steven Wilson|
Chad Wackerman (born March 25, 1960) is an American jazz, jazz fusion and rock drummer, who has played with Frank Zappa and Allan Holdsworth. He has worked as a band member, session musician, sideman, and leader of his own ensembles. He is the older brother of rock drummer Brooks Wackerman.
Chad Wackerman was raised in Seal Beach, California, in a family immersed in music. His father Chuck Wackerman, a drummer, is an award-winning music teacher who has taught at both high school and middle school levels with a specialization in jazz. Chad and his brothers, John, and Brooks Wackerman are all proficient drummers and multi-instrumentalists. John recorded an album titled Drum Duets Vol.1.
Chad joined the Bill Watrous band in 1978, and then worked with Frank Zappa from 1981 to 1988. Gaining and keeping a place in Zappa's band was not easy; Zappa demanded high musical standards and imposed exacting discipline in rehearsal and on tour. The auditions for his band were gruelling, according to Steve Vai and Chad himself. Two pieces of music, "Mo 'n Herb's Vacation", and "The Black Page" were considered exceptionally difficult. Only three drummers throughout Zappa's career were able to play them successfully: Wackerman, Terry Bozzio, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
In addition to appearing on Zappa's rock albums and tours, Chad performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1983 on a concert and recording session of Zappa's compositions.
Sideman and session musician
In 1985, Chad toured with, but did not record for, Australian rock act Men at Work. He played on the album and supporting video One Voice with Barbra Streisand. He has also recorded albums and toured with diverse artists such as Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, Dweezil Zappa and Tom Grant. Chad was also the drummer for the house band on the first Dennis Miller late night talk show.
Chad has also toured with James Taylor, Mark Linn-Baker and Larry Sweeney, John Patitucci, Jeff Lorber, and Joe Sample, as well as fellow Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio in a series of all-percussion concerts. Chad lived in Australia for ten years between 1995 and 2005, but moved back to California in July 2005.
Chad Wackerman Trio
- Forty Reasons (1991)
- The View (1993)
- Scream (2000)
- Legs Eleven (2004)
- Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations (2012)
- "Chad Wackerman will replace Marco Minnemann on North/South American Tour –". Stevenwilsonhq.com. February 5, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- Wackerman, Chad (2001–2006). "Chad Wackerman Website". Official Website Faqs. Evolutionweb.com. Retrieved May 12, 2009.