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LCC welcomes Terry Bozzio
Legendary drummer performs on world’s largest drum and percussion set
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Terry Bozzio brings his solo drum tour to Largo Cultural Center Sept. 5.
LARGO – In September, audiences will have an opportunity to see a music legend perform on the world’s largest tuned drum and percussion set in a unique concert at a Pinellas venue.

Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson with An Evening with Terry Bozzio – a coast-to-coast North American tour.

Bozzio will bring the tour to the Tampa Bay area on Friday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.

Tickets start at $14.50. Call 587-6793 or visit

During the course of the current tour, Bozzio plans to hit more than 40 cities from San Diego to Jacksonville and from Montreal to Vancouver. The performance will showcase Bozzio’s solo drumming and will include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. Neither a clinic nor a workshop, this show will offer audiences an opportunity to enjoy an intimate evening watching Bozzio perform on his monster sculpture of a drum kit.

According to the biography on his website, Bozzio – who was born in San Francisco, California in 1950 – began playing between age 6 and 12, initially using improvised drum sets made up of whatever materials he could find around the house. He would play along to Tito Puente albums or to the “surf drum” music of Sandy Nelson and The Ventures.

Bozzio was 13 when he – like so many other Americans – tuned in to “The Ed Sullivan Show” to watch The Beatles perform. That broadcast served as a turning point for the aspiring musician. He begged his father for drum lessons. His formal training began in 1964, and within a few years Bozzio was playing in a variety of garage bands such as Blue Glass Radio, The Yarde and Tamalpaias Jungle Mountain Boys.

In 1968, Bozzio began his major in music at Sir Francis Drake High School and College of Marin.

At the same time, he was studying with Chuck Brown on drum set as well as Lloyd Davis and Roland Kohloff – both San Francisco Symphony percussionists. He played in baroque chamber ensembles and with the Marin and Napa County symphonies.

In 1972, he played in the rock musicals “Godspell” and “Walking in My Time.” The early 1970s also saw Bozzio playing in various jazz groups and eventually becoming a regular in the Monday Night Jim Dukey Big Band at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.

In 1975, Bozzio auditioned for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Over the next three years, Bozzio records more than 10 albums with Zappa, including “Bongo Fury” (1975), “Zoot Allures” (1976), “Zappa in New York” (1975) and “Studio Tan” (1978). In 1978, Bozzio joined The Brecker Brothers to record “Heavy Metal Be-Bop.”

In 1979, Bozzio replaced drummer Bill Bruford in UK, recording the album “Danger Money” and the live release “Night After Night.” His stint with UK is short-lived: In 1980, he leaves to form Missing Persons with former Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.

American new wave band Missing Persons releases “Spring Session M” in 1982. Tracks such as “Words,” “Windows,” “Destination Unknown” and “Walking in L.A.” get attention on modern rock radio while videos for the songs go into heavy rotation on MTV. Bozzio records two additional albums with Missing Persons, including “Rhyme & Reason” (1984) and “Color in Your Life” (1986).

Bozzio’s solo discography includes “Solo Drum Music I” (1992), “Solo Drum Music II” (1992), “Drawing the Circle” (1998), “Chamber Works” (1998), “Prime Cuts” (2005), “Four From Ten Twenty Nine” (2008) and “Seven Nights in Japan” (2008). He also recorded “Solos & Duets” with Chad Wackerman in 2001 and “Nine Short Films” with Billy Sheehan in 2002.

An Evening With Terry Bozzio promises to be an intense, dynamic, spiritualistic, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric and musical performance. Showcasing the largest tuned drum and percussion set in the world, the show will highlight Bozzio’s unparalleled talent. This enigmatic, evocative and engaging musician is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical and ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Bozzio is a storyteller, able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement and passion. Bozzio’s compositions boast space, classical forms and structures, ambient electronic loops and atmospheric percussion effects – not to mention some exciting and fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet.

Bozzio has enjoyed tremendous success with his last two solo drum performance tours in Europe.
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