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Dan Weiss

Gretsch Artist Since: 
Band or Affiliations: 
Dan Weiss Starebaby and Dan Weiss Trio, Chris Potter, Rudresh Mahanthappa, David Binney, Steve Coleman
Current Kit Setup: 

USA Custom in Satin Natural
14x20 Bass Drum, 8x12 Rack tom, 14x14 Floor Tom, 16x16 Floor Tom, 5x14 Chrome Over Brass Snare Drum


"Elvin Jones, Papa Joe Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Big Sid Catlett, Tony Williams, Kenny Clarke, Frankie Dunlop, Chick Webb, Ahmedjan Thirakwa, Kanai Dutta, Alla Rakha, Samir Chatterjee, John Bonham, Pete Thomas, Neil Peart, Thomas Hakke, Steve Macdonald, Benny Benjamin, Bernard Purdie, Clyde Stubblefield, Paulo Braga, Dou Dou n’diaye Rose, Camaron de la isla, Bach, Mozart, Xenakis, and many more"

We asked...Why Gretsch?: 

"When I play Gretsch drums I feel connected to the jazz lineage more so than if I play any other drum. They feel like home."

Advice to Aspiring Musicians: 

"Practice hard, practice harder when you feel like you have nothing left in the tank. Be on time. Listen to entire recordings over and over again. Play with recordings. Keep a positive attitude. Push yourself to be the worst in the band: you will grow exponentially if you do that often. When you play with musicians who are of a lesser caliber try and make them sound better than they are. Write music. There should be a time in your life when there is nothing but music. Don’t give up if it is in your heart to be a musician."