Classic Drummer Hall of Fame
Honoring Music's Most Influential Drummers
As voted by the readers of Classic Drummer Magazine
To those who know music, the name Vinnie Colaiuta is synonymous with virtuoso drumming over a wide range of styles and with an impressive array of artists. Having studied at the Berklee College of Music, he began his career with the Christopher Morris Band.
After auditioning for Frank Zappa by performing the legendary “Black Page”, Colaiuta was selected as his principle drummer, leading him to hold down one of the most challenging jobs in percussion for years. During this association he was credited on 18 Zappa albums and countless live performances.
His impressive versatility also led to extensive work with Joni Mitchell that resulted in six albums, and he spent the lion’s share of the 1990’s touring and recording with Sting performing on five of his albums.
His 21st Century output includes work with artists as diverse as Faith Hill, Megadeth, Herbie Hancock, Sting and Jeff Beck. With countless awards from music publications and organizations, along with vast body of recent work that includes sound tracks, commercial music and studio tracks, Vinnie Colaiuta remains in demand as one of the industry’s premier studio artists. He is widely respected as a drummer’s drummer whose music and virtuosity put him on a short list of the most skilled to have ever played the instrument.