Zoro—the man with the hat…

Zoro the drummer has made his mark onstage with acts like Earth Wind and Fire, Vanessa Paradis, and Lenny Kravitz. Add in Jodi Watley,  Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, Bobby Brown, The New Edition, Sean Lennon, and Lisa Marie Presley, and you get a clear picture of career spent at the top of the music industry. Zoro is one of the elite….and he’s done it all under his trademark black hat.

There’s more, though. Zoro the teacher gives lessons, conducts drum clinics, appears at drum festivals, and is in constant demand as a motivational speaker. His recent book, The Big Gig, an inspirational career  manual for musicians, is acclaimed as an important read for anyone interested in self-improvement, musician or not.

Zoro the humanitarian, a man of deep Christian faith who has worked extensively with Compassion International, helping children to rise above poverty in dangerous conditions worldwide.

And here with us also is Zoro the musicologist and R&B historian. When it comes to R&B drumming, Zoro wrote the book—literally: his four-volume set, The Commandments of R&B Drumming,  is unique. It combines instruction and notation with a play-along CD, a fascinating and authoritative history of R&B drumming,  AND…discographies and lists of music to look for, curated from his own massive collection.

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50 Ways to Leave Your Lover — Paul Simon

Album: Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975
Steve Gadd, Drums

Turn On Your Lovelight — Bobby Blue Bland

Single; 1961
John “Jabo” Starks, Drums

Rock Steady — Aretha Franklin

Album: Young, Gifted and Black, 1971
Bernard Purdie, Drums

Cissy Strut — The Meters

Album: The Meters, 1969
Ziggy Modeliste, Drums

Rosanna — Toto

Album: Toto IV, 1982
Jeff Porcaro, Drums

Keep a’ Knockin’ — Little Richard

Single; 1957
Charles Connor, Drums

Rock and Roll — Led Zeppelin

Album: Led Zeppelin IV, 1972
John Bonham, Drums

Funky Drummer — James Brown

Single; 1969
Clyde Stubblefield, Drums

Use Me — Bill Withers

Album: Still Bill, 1972
James Gadson, Drums

Superstition — Stevie Wonder

Album: Songs in the Key of Life, 1972
Stevie Wonder, Drums

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