Jeff Porcaro

Toto

Jeff Porcaro

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About

Paiste Artist Since
April 1982

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Toto

Other Affiliations
Session Great
Steely Dan

Setup

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" 2002 Heavy Hi-Hat
19" 2002 Crash
21" 2002 Crash (discontinued)
22" 2002 Ride
19" 2002 Crash
20" 2002 China

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" Formula 602 Classic Heavy Hi-Hat
8" 2002 Bell (discontinued)
10" 2002 Splash
19" 2002 Medium (discontinued)
18" 2002 Crash
8" 2002 Splash
20" Formula 602 Classic Medium Ride
18" 2000 Power Crash (discontinued)
19" 2002 Crash

Cymbals listed from left to right

13" Signature Heavy Hi-Hat (discontinued)
16" Signature Fast Crash
10" Signature Splash
18" Signature Full Crash
20" Signature Full Ride
12" Signature Heavy Hi-Hat (discontinued)
20" Signature Thin China (discontinued)
20" Signature Flat Ride (discontinued)

Biography

01.04.1954-05.08.1992 Jeff Porcaro got interested in drumming due to the influence of his father Joe, a renowned jazz drummer and excellent educator. Since leaving high school during his senior year to accompany Sonny and Cher in Las Vegas Jeff has toured and recorded with Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs, and Steely Dan. From the start of his career, Jeff Porcaro was viewed as one of the music industry's top drummers. Porcaro possessed an impeccable sense of rhythm as well as a versatility that bridged virtually every style. Among the hundreds of albums he played on were Dire Straits" "On Every Street", Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Elton John's "Jump Up", Don Henley's "End Of The Innocence", Warren Zevon's "Excitable Boy", Rickie Lee Jones' debut, and Bruce Springsteen's "Human Touch". However, he is best known as co-founder and drummer of Toto. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV (1982), Toto became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. A partial list of other artists he played with includes Bonnie Raitt, the Bee Gees, Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Lowell George, Hall & Oates, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Nils Lofgren, Manhattan Transfer, Greg Lake, George Benson, Larry Carlton, Paul McCartney, Pink Flyod, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Peter Frampton, Airplay, Peter Allen, America, and Stanley Clarke. Jeff Porcaro suffered a heart attack and died on August 5, 1992.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, powerful, crisp. Fairly narrow range, clean mix. Heavy feel. Bright, cutting open sound, clear, defined closed sound. Crisp chick sound. Bright hi-hat with a wide range for articulate playing in medium loud settings to cutting power in very loud situations.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Brilliant, warm, full, high pitched. Wide range, clean mix. Fairly heavy feel. Bright, strong, full open sound. Crisp, full, cutting chick sound. Versatile hi-hat for energetic playing. A rock classic.

  • Sounds