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.
5 replies
  1. GWP3
    GWP3 says:

    Hey Daniel, what’s up Nick? What’s up whom ever is handling this. I can’t find the Jeff Porcaro Playlist on Spotify.
    Let me know thx

  2. stephen teipe
    stephen teipe says:

    I really enjoyed this conversation. I have and always will be a disciple of Jeffs artistry. Chris was spot on when he spoke of Jeffs presence. It was uncanny. Very hip sense of style, carried himself w a ton of confidence and had this uber cool factor about him. I had the great fortune of being able to meet and speak w him briefly at NAMM shows long past and at the Spud. I stood literally right next to his floor tom when he, his brother Mike, and David Garfield played in this tiny demo room at the Paiste booth at NAMM waaaaay back when. That experience will never leave my body. One thing I never really hear discussed about Jeff was his ability to hear/ grasp the whole song/ composition, and how the melody fit w the harmony. I can hear it in the way he crafted his drum parts and the way he could carry the whole song from beginning to middle to end, and be present in each moment in the composition. He had a very crisp, tight controlled sound but his feel was very loose and had this undercurrent w it that just lifted everything up. Man i still miss that guy, Peace and Kindness, Thank you for your work and contribution to the drumming community.

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