Steve Gadd: Groove Poetry In Motion

Steve Gadd is the master of groove. Put him on any bandstand and the room levitates. In honor of his birthday, we asked the video wizards at Hudson Music to recommend some Gadd vids. What follows are some clips from the Mission From Gadd clinic tour of a few years ago. These three videos contain a lot of knowledge, and even if you’ve caught him live, you might want to take another look. They include Gadd’s whistling, shuffling intro to “Bye Bye Blackbird,” his infamous drum fills from Steely Dan’s “Aja,” and rhythms from Paul Simon’s hit “Late In The Evening.”

Mission From Gadd: “Bye Bye Blackbird.”

Mission From Gadd: Steve demos the fills from the Steely Dan classic, “Aja.”

Mission From Gadd: “Late In The Evening.”