Music Creator
Drums, Percussion
Music Style
Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz/Rock, Rock, Improvisational music



Location: SKOKIE, Illinois, United States



Paul Wertico bio:

Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today”, Paul Wertico gained worldwide recognition as a member of the Pat Metheny Group from 1983 to 2001. During that time, he won seven Grammy Awards, won numerous magazine polls, and received several gold records.

He has played with countless artists and has performed in all 50 states and in over 60 countries. Paul has also played drums and percussion on countless recordings, including Paul Winter’s Grammy nominated release, "Earth: Voices Of A Planet," and on four of vocalist Kurt Elling’s Grammy nominated releases. Also, as Musical Director for the crowdsourced TV video series "Inventing The Future," Paul was nominated for a 2012-2013 Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Achievement In Interactivity” category by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Midwest Chapter.

Paul is also extremely active in the field of education. In addition to teaching drums privately for over 40 years, Paul is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. For many years, he has conducted drum clinics around the world and has written educational articles for numerous magazines. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Modern Drummer magazine, the Education Committee of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and he is serving his fifth term on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter.

In 2004, he was a Chicago Tribune “Chicagoan of the Year.” In 2010, the Cape Breton International Drum Festival honored him with a “Life Time Achievement Award” for his “Major Contribution To The World Of Drumming & Education,” and he was also a recipient of the Montréal Drum Fest’s coveted Career Recognition Award.

As a solo recording artist, Paul’s recordings have all received great critical praise and DownBeat magazine awarded Paul’s CD, "Impressions of a City," 4.5 stars and listed it as one its “Best CDs of 2010.” His DVD, "Paul Wertico's Drum Philosophy," was named “One of the best drum videos of the last 25 years” by Modern Drummer magazine. LA Weekly even wrote “His recent records, such as 2000’s "Don’t Be Scared Anymore" and the new "StereoNucleosis," are stunning examples of the electronic, rhythmic and intellectual directions jazz could be going."

His latest releases include a DVD & CD by David Cain & Paul Wertico entitled "Feast For The Senses"; a CD by Paul Wertico & Frank Catalano entitled "Topics of Conversation"; a CD by Fabrizio Mocata, Gianmarco Scaglia & Paul Wertico entitled "Free The Opera!"; a DVD & CD by Wertico Cain & Gray entitled "Sound Portraits," that was the “Best Live Performance Album” winner of the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (2014); and a second CD by Wertico Cain & Gray entitled "Out In SPACE."

In the international press, Paul’s drumming has also been compared to that of an “Impressionist painter,” and he has also been called “an inspired madman,” “a restless innovator,” “a true legend of jazz drums,” “a master of drumming insanity,” and “a genius of the sticks.”

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Suburban 'inspired madman' marches to beat of his own drum

May 28, 2013

Daily Herald feature on Paul Wertico