He was standing right in front of me asking about different types of Maduro cigars when it dawned on me that I was talking to the one and only Steve Gadd. Who is Steve Gadd? I can hear you saying, “I’ve never heard of him.” Oh, yes, you have.
Here’s a very short list of people Gadd has played drums for:
- Jim Croce
- Steely Dan
- Al Jarreau
- Chick Corea
- James Taylor
- Peter Gabriel
- Eric Clapton
- Rikki Lee Jones
- The Brecker Brothers
- Carly Simon
- Frank Weber
(alright, that’s a weird one, but I have the album to prove it)
- Michael Franks
- The BeeGees
Go to Gadd’s website by clicking on his picture. Go to “discography” and check out the list. It’s really an amazing achievement for one individual.
I can’t stand it anymore so I say, “Aren’t you Steve Gadd?”
He smiles and says, “Hey, how ya doin’, man! You play drums?”
I go on to tell him that I play piano but have listened to him for 25+ years and have always loved his playing.
He was genuinely appreciative of the compliment and amazed me (again) with his total sense of humility.
“I’ve been very lucky over the years,” he goes on to say before I realize that I’m almost shaking. Yes, shaking.
This guy is a God to me and I don’t even play drums.
I know almost more about Gadd than he knows about himself.
I just happened to have the Steely Dan CD “Aja” at the store and asked if he would honor me with his signature.
Needless to say, the liner notes are now signed and from a musical standpoint, I’ve died and gone to heaven.
So the next time someone asks if you’ve heard of this drummer named Steve Gadd, (I’m sure it won’t be anytime soon)
you can say, “Oh, God, yes. I’ve heard a lot of his stuff. What a drummer!”
I’m sure Dr. Gadd thanks you for the listen.