Vinnie Colaiuta

Vinnie Colaiuta

Vinnie Colaiuta

Vincent Colaiuta (born February 5, 1956) is an American drummer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Republic, Pennsylvania, he began playing drums as a child and received his first full drum kit from his parents at the age of 14. He is notable for his technical skill and his musical versatility, having played with many artists from a wide variety of genres.

After attending the Berklee College of Music in BostonĀ  for a year, Colaiuta had his first big break as a member of the Christopher Morris Band in 1976-1977. Playing and recording with the Christopher Morris BandĀ  (MCA 2282) in 1977, Vince relocated with the band to Los Angeles. After leaving the Christopher Morris Band, Vince made a mediocre living playing with lounge bands. His next break came in April 1978 at the age of 22, when he auditioned for Frank Zappa, an audition that involved performing the notoriously difficult piece entitled “The Black Page”. The audition was successful and Colaiuta went on to work with Zappa as his principal drummer for studio and live performances. Colaiuta played on the successful Zappa albums Tinsel Town Rebellion, Joe’s Garage, and Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar. Joe’s Garage was named one of the top-25 drumming performances of all time in a 1993 Modern Drummer Magazine article.


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