The World’s Greatest Drummer Concert returns on Tuesday 26th May 2015 at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton. Since the very first World’s Greatest Drummer Concert in 2007, the event has featured some of the finest drummers alive today. However it has always been organisers Ian Palmer’s ambition to showcase the drumming of the legendary Eric Clapton's longtime sticksman Steve Gadd, who is now confirmed to play the show.
As usual, this should be the event of the year for drummers, who'll have the chance to see four true living legends showcasing some of the finest drumming skills in the world today!
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ABOUT THE EVENT
This will be Steve Gadd’s first drumming show in the UK for more than five years and his only UK appearance outside of his concerts with Eric Clapton. The critically acclaimed UK drummer Steve White (Paul Weller, Style Council) will also be performing as well Pete Cater and Ian Palmer.
The evening will be a celebration of the art of drumming with all four drummers accompanying the award winning 15-piece Peter Cater Big band, featuring some of Britain’s finest players. The orchestra has received worldwide acclaim for playing the legendary ‘World’s Greatest Drummer’ Buddy Rich repertoire and includes some of the original members of Buddy’s band. This special concert will pay homage to the legendary trailblazers who elevated drumming to an art form. Names such as Gene Krupa, Joe Morello and Louie Bellson.
Organised and presented by Ian Palmer, this totally unique event will also celebrate the occasion of Steve Gadd’s 70th birthday, a man whose signature style has enhanced countless million selling records and who quite simply changed the way every drummer plays. Plus it will feature songs from his forthcoming album 70 Strong.
This concert is for one night only and tickets are now on sale at a cost of £30 or £35 each and are available from the Derngate Theatre. For further information please see https://www.facebook.com/WGDUK.
ABOUT THE DRUMMERS:
Steve Gadd (Eric Clapton / James Taylor / Paul Simon / Chick Corea): One of the most accomplished, most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry. His seminal sound and signature style have influenced and inspired drummers across the globe. He easily bridges different musical styles – quite simply he can play anything. He is just about to release his new album ’70 Stong’.
Check this video to see why he's the "guest of honour" at the event:
Steve White (Paul Weller / Style Council / The Who / Oasis / La Roux): His cultured drumming has been the pillar of strength behind many of the UK’s most successful artists for the last three decades. A legend within the drumming community, he remains passionate about education and appears at drum clinics across the country always keen to inspire and support the next generation of drummers.
Pete Cater (Pete Cater Big Band/ Glenn Miller Orchestra/ Matthew Herbert): One of the most sought after sticksmen on the jazz scene today. He has played with just about every big band in London and currently leads the popular ‘Pete Cater Big Band’ who won the Big Band of the Year in the British Jazz Awards 2000 and the Critic’s Choice the following year.
Ian Palmer (The Ghosts / Georgie Fame / Julian Smith / Alan Skidmore): He plays practically every style of music from rock and pop to jazz and classical, playing alongside many leading and household names. Ian has been the driving force behind the ‘World’s Greatest Drummer’ events since 2007 and is also a senior first officer for Virgin Atlantic Airways.
By Ivan Silva