Ben Andrews

Steve Gadd as a Student

The Democrat and Chronicle highlights Steve Gadd’s early career and smash hits.

[Steve Gadd] has appeared on hundreds of albums and worked with music’s biggest stars, from Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton to The Bee Gees… But back in 1968, he was simply one of the Eastman School of Music’s first percussion majors. [Pictured], he and fellow student Ruth Cahn get a lesson from professor John Beck.  In a January interview with the Democrat and Chronicle, Beck called Gadd the “most revered, most imitated drummer in the world” and said he didn’t teach him so much as guide him. Perhaps — but he had to start somewhere.

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