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Paul Wertico

Paul Wertico
Paul Wertico
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
Performing Arts
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Paul Wertico is internationally known as "one of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today". Paul gained world recognition as a member of the Pat Metheny Group from 1983 until 2001, performing on ten recordings, appearing on many television shows, and touring the world dozens of times. During these years he won seven Grammy Awards (for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Best Contemporary Jazz Performance, and Best Rock Instrumental Performance), numerous magazine polls, and received several gold records.

Paul has played with such jazz greats as Eddie Harris, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Bob Mintzer, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Jay McShann, Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, Jerry Goodman, Ramsey Lewis and many others. He's currently a member of the Larry Coryell Trio. From 2000 to 2007 he was a member of the legendary, platinum-record winning Polish progressive rock band, SBB.

In 2004, Paul was honored as a "Chicagoan of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune, and he has also been honored by both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times with numerous album of the year nods. He has written educational articles for magazines such as Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Drums & Drumming, Drum Tracks, and Downbeat, as well as for He also performs drum clinics and master classes at universities, high schools, and music stores in the U.S. and around the world, and has released two instructional videos, "Fine Tuning Your Performance" and "Paul Wertico's Drum Philosophy".

Paul's recordings have been critically acclaimed, and include work with the Paul Wertico trio, Earwax Control, Gregg Bendian, Laurence Hobgood, Brian Torff, Brian Peters, Derek Bailey, Silvano Monasterios, Mark Egan, and Pat Metheny. Paul also played drums on Paul Winter's 1990 Grammy nominated release "Earth: Voices Of A Planet", and has played on and produced a number of albums for various other artists, including four Grammy nominated releases by vocalist Kurt Elling.

Paul was voted "Fusion Drummer Of The Year" in DRUM! magazine's Reader's Poll and he has placed in the "Top Five in the Electric Jazz Category" in Modern Drummer magazine's Reader's Polls. He has been featured on the covers of magazines such as Drum Tracks, Modern Drummer and Chicago Jazz Magazine, as well as on international drum publications such as Italy's Percussioni, Belgium's Belgo Beat, Poland's PerQsja and South America's Bateristas al Sur. He has served as a featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Modern Drummer Drum Festival. Paul is also one of the featured artists on Drum Workshop's videos, "The American Dream II" and "The American Dream III". Paul also has his own "signature" drum sticks: the Paul Wertico model (TX808W), as well as new "signature" products that he invented called "Tubz" and "KidzTubz", are all made by Pro-Mark.