Zoro is an internationally renowned rock star and the consummate definition of the rare man who marches to the beat of a different drum. As one of the world’s most respected drummers, Zoro's touring and recording credits range from super power Lenny Kravitz to the incomparable Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to the legendary New Edition, along with countless other global acts.
Zoro’s worldwide appeal is evident from his numerous awards and accolades. He is consistently voted "#1 R&B Drummer & Educator" in Modern Drummer, Drum! and Rhythm Magazines. Zoro’s best-selling book and DVD, The Commandments of R&B Drumming, were awarded the prestigious, "#1 Best Educational Products Title” in the Modern Drummer & Rhythm Magazine reader’s polls. He is also featured on the celebrated DVD release, Modern Drummer Festival 2005 (Hudson Music).
The Minister of Groove continues to be a favorite of media around the world, with television, print, radio and online stories profiling Zoro's achievements and activities.
He has been described as tenacious, dedicated, and passionate – qualities that stand out to anyone who crosses his path. Not your stereotypical rock star, Zoro is a positive role model whose example of hard work and clean living has served as an inspiration to generations.
Zoro has relocated to Nashville, TN from Los Angeles. For those seeking private lessons, that means you can either catch him on the road (see the events page), or, when in Nashville, contact him at 818-257-2414.
We've added a new video player we've called the "Groove TV" to zorothedrummer.com where you can see Z in both video and live performances with Bobby Brown, Lenny Kravitz and Vanessa Paradis. Turn it up!
Let Z know you're a friend by joining him at his new Facebooki Fan Page .
See a collection of Zoro hanging with everyone from Lenny Kravitz to Regis and Kelly! Can you name all the stars? See the picture book
Video excerpts are now online!
your own autographed copy of the new Modern Drummer Festival
2005 3-DVD set today, featuring blistering performances
Kravitz, R&B authority)
Rodney Holmes (The Steve Kimock Band)
Keith Carlock (Steely Dan and Sting)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
Jojo Mayer (with Nerve)
Sheila E (Prince, solo artist)
Alex Acuña (Latin drum set and percussion great)
Raul Rekow (Santana)
Karl Perazzo (Santana)
Roy Haynes (jazz legend)
Featuring 14 of the funkiest tunes in such styles as gospel, blues, soul, funk, go-go, new jack swing, and hip-hop, this play-along package chronologically documents the evolution of R&B drumming from the 1950s through the late '90s. Included are songs made popular by R&B legends such as James Brown, The Meters, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson. The CD tracks are performed by an all-star R&B band featuring Al McKay, the legendary guitarist of Earth, Wind & Fire. The book also provides historical insight, tips for approaching the music, groove examples, rare photos, and album cover artwork.
$20.00 USD + 3.00 shipping/handling
pay 7% sales tax on purchases)
“Simply put, this is an essential requirement for every drummer’s library.”
“This book/CD package is well researched, clear in its goals, and enlightening and inspiring in its approach. Keep this one on your bottom shelf; you’re going to want to return to it again and again.”
-Modern Drummer Magazine
You've heard about it for years, but Z wouldn't let anything but the best, most authoritative tome on early rhythm and blues join the Commandments family. Now, the new, must-have pre-quel to the #1 DRUM INSTRUCTIONAL
the world is finally here. Zoro teams with R&B historian Daniel Glass for a masterpiece of Biblical proportions.
Technique, timekeeping, groove, phrasing and making it in the highly competitive music business - Zoro goes deep on these subjects and more at the Christian Musician's Summit 2013 at Overlake Church in Redmond, WA for one day only - Thursday, November 7th.
Learn more and sign up here
The Big Gig is an intriguing and comprehensive insider’s guide for independent musicians who want to break into the highly competitive music industry. And it's much more! The Big Gig provides a template for success – for everyone, regardless of career – by covering the vocational, personal and spiritual aspects of achievement. With more than 400 motivational quotes, The Big Gig is certain to awaken the dreamer in all of us and help lead the way to purposeful living and personal fulfillment.
Visit The Big Gig Book Site
In the summer of 1991, Zoro met long time friend, music and business partner, Jerry Hammack. Jerry invited Z to play on a session for his enduring "Throttle Body M/C" project, and while on the Seattle stop of Lenny's "Mama Said" tour, they made it happen. A couple years later, after returning from Z's European tour with Vanessa Paradis, they got together again for another session - this time around, joined by Vanessa band mate Osama Afifi on bass. The grooves were sharp as a razor.
"Hits 1992-1994: The Greatest Band That Never Was (But Still Is) Part I", the latest digital release from Throttle Body M/C, brings these two sessions together for the first time with brilliantly remastered clarity from the original DAT master tapes.
You can get it from the band site (http://www.throttlebodymc.com/) or on iTunes (worldwide) (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hits-1992-1994-greatest-band/id534291183), Amazon, Google Play, eMusic, Rhapsody, MySpace, Spotify, rdio, simfy, Nokia, last-fm, Zune, Medianet, Mog, tradebit, Great Indie Music, 24-7, 7-Digital, Myxer, iHeartRadio, and Deezer.
Z is really proud of his work on the eight songs of this collection and we know you'll dig hearing them. Please check them out!
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