Jeff Porcaro

431 – [Daniel Glass Show]: Deconstructing Jeff Porcaro

In this episode, Daniel and Chris Brady analyze the career of the legendary Jeff Porcaro, and explain why his drumming style remains so influential, more than 25 years after his death.

What’s covered in this session:

  • Jeff Porcaro’s early years, growing up in a musical family and getting his first pro gigs when still a teenager.
  • First important gigs and breakout work with Steely Dan on Pretzel Logic and Katy Lied.
  • An overview of the incredible variety of artists and styles that Jeff Porcaro conquered as a trail blazing studio musician.
  • How Jeff helped define a new generation of L.A studio musicians in the 1970s and ’80s, following in the path of the legendary “Wrecking Crew.”
  • How Toto came together, and what made this “supergroup” so important.
  • Chris shares personal stories of the times he hung out with Jeff Porcaro at the legendary Baked Potato Club in Studio City, CA.

Resources/Links/People Mentioned:

  • The Jeff Porcaro Blogspot page offers an incredible overview of Jeff Porcaro’s career. Includes a massive discography, tons of cool videos, articles, interviews and tributes.
  • Download out Chris Brady’s Jeff Porcaro Excel Spreadsheet, which organizes many of the songs we discussed into various categories and groove types.
  • Check out the Jeff Porcaro Spotify Playlist, which features many of the songs discussed in the podcast.
  • Website for the legendary Baked Potato Club, where Jeff Porcaro spent many nights thrilling audiences with bands like Karizma and Los Lobotomys.
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