Los Angeles, CA (January 19, 2013). Guitar Center's 2012 Drumoff competition held at L.A. Live's Club Nokia ended with drummer Steve Gadd being inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk for his contributions to the drumming community. Attendees were treated to a short film about Steve Gadd's life as a musician. Then, in a special ceremony, Gadd made his hand prints and received an honorary plaque. The spry sixty-seven-year-old was all smiles.
Highly regarded by his peers, Gadd was trumpeted as of the most influential drummers of all time. Most well known for playing with Paul Simon, Gadd has also played for Steely Dan, George Benson, Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, and many others. He has played the drums since he was seven years old.
Gadd capped off the evening by performing with the Pedrito Martinez Group on the drum kit. Martinez and his Cuban crew delighted the audience with Latin percussion and salsa tunes. Ariacne Trujillo laid down percussive melodies on her keyboard. Gadd was in perfect form playing Latin jazz until past midnight.
Check out the video of Steve Gadd playing with Pedrito Martinez at Guantanamera Restaurant in New York City. A duplicate plaque to the one given to Gadd will be kept on display at the Guitar Center on Hollywood Boulevard. Read more about Guitar Center's 2012 Drumoff.
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