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Vincent Colaiuta

About this Artist

VINCENT COLAIUTA is a highly regarded drummer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Brownsville, Pennsylvania, he began playing drums as a child and received his first full drum kit from his parents at the age of 14. His break came in April 1978 at the age of 22, when he auditioned for Frank Zappa. Colaiuta's performances on Zappa’s albums Tinsel Town Rebellion, Joe’s Garage, and Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar are considered by many drummers to be among the most astounding ever recorded. Colaiuta went on to work with a long list of notable rock and pop artists, including Gino Vannelli, Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand, Sandy & Junior, Clannad, Wang Chung, and Chaka Khan. He has also appeared with many notable jazz musicians, including Chick Corea, Jimmy Haslip, Quincy Jones, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and Buell Neidlinger. More recently, Colaiuta recorded and toured with Faith Hill, recorded with the thrash metal outfit Megadeth on their album The System Has Failed, and toured with Sting, Jeff Beck, and Herbie Hancock.