Basic Background Info
As a young boy in San Francisco, California, Terry John Bozzio pounded beats on coffee cans and crumpled high voltage signs, playing along with Tito Puente, Sandy Nelson, and The Ventures. Terry Bozzio begged his father for drum lessons after he saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Then he began taking lessons and playing in garage bands.
After graduating from Sir Francis Drake High School, Terry Bozzio attended the College of Marin and studied under Chuck Brown, Lloyd Davis, and Roland Kohloff. He played in several chamber ensembles with the Marin and Napa County Symphonies at that time. Terry Bozzio then played in local jazz groups with Mark Isham, Eddie Henderson, and Woody Shaw. Terry recorded his first album with Latin trumpeter Luis Gasca, drumming great Jack DeJohnette, prolific pianist/vocalist George Duke, and jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson.
After auditioning for the position, Terry Bozzio joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in 1975. In three years with Zappa, Terry Bozzio recorded more than ten albums, performed in three world tours, starred in the film Babysnakes, and appeared on Saturday Night Live. Zappa's infamous Black Page was composed solely for Terry Bozzio to perform. After parting ways with Zappa, Terry Bozzio went on to play with The Brecker Brothers and Group 87. Following an audition for an opening, Terry was turned down for a gig with Thin Lizzy.
In 1979, Terry Bozzio cut all obligations and committed himself to Missing Persons with former Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and vocalist Dale Bozzio (Terry and Dale married after working together with Frank Zappa). Missing Persons led the new wave movement with a space age look and sound. Their debut album, Spring Session M, went gold with the popularity of the singles, "Words" and "Destination Unknown." However, Missing Persons' subsequent releases, Rhyme & Reason and Color in Your Life, failed to match the initial success. The band (as well as Terry and Dale) split up in 1985.
In the late 1980s, Terry Bozzio recorded and performed with Duran Duran's Andy Taylor while he worked on several solo pop projects. Terry Bozzio also recorded with Robbie Robertson, Gary Wright, Don Dokken, XYZ, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Dweezil Zappa, and Richard Marx. After recording Solo Drums, an instructional video, Terry Bozzio began an enduring instructional career and toured the world as a clinician. In the early 1990s, Terry recorded a series of instructional videos that featured ostinato-based solo drum compositions.
In 1989 Terry Bozzio and keyboardist Tony Hymas joined guitar legend Jeff Beck, recording the powerful and unforgettable album, Guitar Shop. The blues and hard-rock album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental in 1990. While on the road supporting Guitar Shop, Beck, Bozzio, and Hymas performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. Terry Bozzio again toured with Jeff Beck in 1999, 2001, and again in 2003; in the mid-90s Terry joined Beck on a tour with legendary Carlos Santana. Terry Bozzio also later worked with Hymas in the progressive fusion group The Lonely Bears between 1990 and 2000. With guitarist Hugh Burns and saxophonist Tony Coe, The Lonely Bears recorded a self-titled debut, The Bears Are Running, and Injustice.
Also in the 1990s, Terry Bozzio created the power trio BLS with Steve Stevens and Tony Levin. BLS generated a unique blend of rock, fusion, jazz, and classical music; they recorded two albums, Black Light Syndrome and Situation Dangerous.
After several years living in Los Angeles, Terry Bozzio, wife Ev Kvamme, and son Raanen moved to Austin, Texas, in 1994. Now based in Austin, Terry toured throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Europe as a solo artist. He also recorded solo albums and duets with both Chad Wackerman and Pat Mastelotto. Terry premiered "Five Movements for Drums, Strings, and Winds" from his Chamberworks compositions at the Vienna Jazz Festival. He also toured solo throughout Holland and played with clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Michael Riessler.
In 2003, Terry Bozzio recorded and performed Chamberworks with the Metropole Orchestra in Holland. Terry Bozzio toured with Fantomas in Europe and Brazil in 2005 and recorded with Viv Campbell, Billy Gibbons, and Warren Cuccurullo. The following year Terry Bozzio, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Abbos Kasimov toured throughout India, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Terry Bozzio returned to his Zappa roots in 2006, more than thirty years after he first played with Frank Zappa. He joined Dweezil Zappa for a Zappa Plays Zappa tour through Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Iceland, and the U.S. Most recently, Bozzio recorded with Korn in 2007 for their untitled album.
Although Terry Bozzio wasn't endorsed by Drum Workshop until 1995, he worked closely with the company developing hardware and drums in the late 1970s. When Terry Bozzio commissioned a double pedal, created from Camco strap pedals, he shared the universal joint idea with Drum Workshop. The idea was eventually developed into their popular double pedal technology.
Terry Bozzio has not only been innovating pedal technology, but also drum technology in general for years. Terry Bozzio built his first electronic drum kit in 1983, and he received three patents for the design. Bozzio also popularized stacking cymbals on top of each other. Terry later developed a ground-breaking overhead cymbal rack, a gong-beater, and a roto tom mounting system. Terry also developed the Radia line of cymbals, bells, and gongs for Sabian.
After a long relationship with Don Lombardi through Drum Workshop, Lombardi invited Terry to serve as the resident artist for his new project, Drum Channel. Terry has relocated to Southern California to help Drum Channel come into existence and has been working with other artists, including Peter Erskine, Danny Seraphine, Gregg Bissonette, Doane Perry and many more, to build a powerful education and entertainment community.
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