Weckl attended Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, MO and graduated in 1978. He majored in jazz studies at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Starting out on the New York fusion scene in the early 1980s, Weckl soon began working with artists such as Paul Simon, Madonna, George Benson, Michel Camilo, Robert Plant and Anthony Jackson. His most famous early work though, where his popularity blossomed, was with the Chick Corea Elektric Band from 1985 to 1991.
Weckl spent a total of seven years with Corea, during which he performed on numerous albums and also appeared with Corea’s Akoustic Band. He augmented his work with Corea by continuing his session work and appearing often with the GRP All-Star Big Band. In addition, he recorded four albums in 1988 and 1989 with the Manhattan Jazz Quintet. Weckl has also released a series of instructional videotapes, and in 1990, he led his first solo date, Master Plan, for GRP. Heads Up followed in 1992, as well as Hard-Wired in 1994.
After leaving Corea’s band, Weckl recorded and toured with guitarist Mike Stern. Under his own name, he has been the leader of ten recordings since 1990, seven of which as the Dave Weckl Band.
Weckl endorses Yamaha drums, pedals & hardware, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, Remo drumheads and mufflers,Shure Microphones, Latin Percussion, M-Audio and XL Cases.
Weckl played and endorsed Zildjian cymbals until 2001, when he switched to Sabian. In 2001, Weckl and Mark Love of Sabian Cymbals designed and released the HHX Evolution line of cymbals in accordance with Weckl’s tastes for bright, open, and responsive sounds. In 2006, Weckl and Love released a new HHX Legacy line of cymbals which Weckl describes as the “darker side” of his sound. Weckl currently plays both lines in concert and recording situations.
Weckl has endorsed Vic Firth drumsticks throughout his career. In 1988, the Dave Weckl Signature series (SDW) was released, which were tailored according to Weckl’s standards at that time. In 2001, the Dave Weckl Evolution Sticks (SDW2) were released. These sticks feature a short tear-drop tip on a 5A shaft with a different balance than the SDW line. These changes comply with the stylistic changes that Weckl made to his playing in the late 1990s, when he began to center his style of playing on openness and rebound.
Around 1996 his style and setup radically changed, in large part because of his studies with renowned drum teacher Freddie Gruber and the influence of Jim Chapin, the father of singer/songwriter Harry Chapin.(by wikipedia)
On drummer Dave Weckl’s GRP set the rhythms are funky but complex and intelligent, Weckl’s sidemen are very complementary and the grooves are quite infectious. Altoist Eric Marienthal and tenor saxophonist Steve Tavaglione get to blow up a storm twice apiece over vamps, Jay Oliver’s synth spot recalls Chick Corea on “Tomatillo” and there are strong cameos by trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jeff Beal. Listeners who hate the sound of electronics would best avoid this date, but within its genre Heads Up is a superior effort.(by Scott Yanow)
Jeff Beal (trumpet)
Randy Brecker (trumpet)
James Earl (bass)
Eric Marienthal (saxophone)
Gary Novak (bass, keyboards)
Jay Oliver (keyboards, synthesizer)
John Patitucci (bass)
Steve Tavaglione (saxophone)
Dave Weckl (drums, bass, synthesizer)Synthesizer, Timbalitos
01. 7th Ave. South (Oliver/Weckl) 5.13
02. Heads Up (Oliver/Weckl) 5.39
03. Taboo (Oliver/Weckl) 5.21
04. Tomatillo (Oliver/Weckl) 5.32
05. Peripheral Vision (Beal) 5.09
06. Tee Funk (Oliver/Weckl) 5.31
07. Against the Wall (Novak/Weckl) 5.44
08. Full Moon (Weckl) 5.36
09. Trigger Happy (Weckl) 3.58