5 Drummerszone artists - Jeffrey Porcaro

Jeffrey Porcaro
* April 01, 1954 † August 05, 1992
United States
The magazine "Modern Drummer" published an article in 1990 with Jeff Porcaro. In the next section he talks about his very first session, at the early age of 17:
My first session was with Keltner with Jack Dougherty. It was a rehearsal band, and Hal Blaine was the drummer, and then the contractor called to see if I wanted to do the rehearsal band on Saturdays.
I did about five of them. I knew they were planning to do a record, and they stopped calling me for rehearsals, so I figured they were going to use a studio guy for the album. Then Dougherty called me and asked if I had ever heard of a drummer named Keltner. At that time, my biggest heroes were Keltner and Gordon. I said yes, and he said, "He just got off the road with Joe Cocker, and you and he are going to do the rehearsal band for a couple of weeks. So we rehearsed a couple of times before the session.

I was 17 and didn't even have my driver's license, so my mom drove me to the session at A&M. I borrowed my dad's black diamond pearl Ludwig set, which was just like Keltner's, because I wanted to be just like him: I wore a vest like Jim Keltner, I tried to get the heaviest boots I could, because like everyone else has said, you just wanted to emulate your heroes. Just before I got through the door, I was so nervous, I threw up right in the corner.

Thank God the tune was this uptempo samba, because my stick was going so fast. I remember Jim sits down next to me, and he looks over to me and says, "Man, do you read?" I go, "No," and he said, "I don't read that good either, you do the fills and I'll just keep time." I'm going "Right!"

Joe Porcaro, famous percussionist, let all his three sons play the drums when they were young: "My dad was doing the Hartford Symphony and all of us, my other two brothers Mike and Steve, were taking lessons from him at the same time. We would go down with him on the weekends to the drum shop and he would find some free time from his regular students and give us lessons." (Jeff Porcaro, Downbeat 1977)
Since Jeff, Mike and Steve Porcaro had to fight over the drumkit, Mike picked up the bass and Steve switched to playing piano and keyboards.

In an interview with German magazine Sticks (1992), Mike Porcaro tells how his mother gave the Porcaro brothers their feeling for rhythm by patting their backs like a cymbal:
Yes, she did that with all of us, Jeff, Steven and myself. She has a very good ear for music and plays the German flute. She has a great feeling for rhythm. Maybe that's where we got our 'time feel' and no from our father, I don't know where it came from.

After dinner she would pat our backs with "ding daa de-ding daa". Jeff's godfather Enil Richards said that in Billboard. She did that with all of us, even our sister. Why has one person got a good 'time feel' and the other hasn't? Is it decided by the genes or is it a gift of God? I don't know, but it is interesting, you should think about that, drummers with baby's: give them some help! Get 'em started early!"