5 Drummerszone artists - Terry Bozzio

Terry Bozzio
* December 27, 1954
United States
Terry Bozzio, born Terry John Bozzio 12/27/50, San Francisco, Cal.

Started at age 6 to 12 with makeshift drum sets of various and dubious materials (coffee cans, broken arrow sticks, crumpled high voltage signs etc.) by playing to records of Tito Puente and the "Surf Drum" music of Sandy Nelson and The Ventures.

At age 13 witnessed The Beatles premier performance on The Ed Sullivan TV Show, and begged his father for drum lessons. July 15,1964 began 6 mos. of lessons with Todd Fleming and Ken Blewer. (Reading, Rudiments, Stick Control and Basic Beats) Plays in garage bands: "Blue Glass Radio, The Yarde and Tamalpais Jungle Mountain Boys" through 1968.

1968-69: Begins to major in music at Sir Francis Drake High School and College of Marin. Studies concurrently with Chuck Brown on drum set and Lloyd Davis and Roland Kohloff (S.F. Symphony percussionists) on percussion and timpani scholarship. Plays Bartok-Dahl-Cowell & Baroque chamber ensembles- & with the Marin and Napa County Symphonies.

1972: Plays in rock musicals "Godspell" and Walking in my Time". Begins playing in local jazz groups with Mark Isham, Peter Maunu, Patrick O'Hearn, Mike Knock, Art Lande, Azteca, Eddie Henderson, Woodie Shaw, Julian Priester, Eric Gravatt, Billy Higgins, Andy Narell,Hadley Calliman, Mel Graves and Mel Martin. Becomes a regular in the Monday Night "Jim Dukey Big Band" at S.F.'s Great American Music Hall.

Records 1st album on Fantasy Records for Latin trumpeter Luis Gasca, produced by Orin Keepnews with Jack DeJohnette, George Duke, and Joe Henderson.