- Doane Perry
Doane Ethredge Perry (born June 16, 1954 in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York) is an American musician, composer and author. He has been working since 1984 as drummer and percussionist with Grammy award winning band Jethro Tull.
From New York City, Perry began playing the piano at age seven and then took up drums at eleven. After hearing The Beatles, he decided to take up drums because of what he describes as "the possibility, however unlikely that might have been, of young girls chasing me down the street if I took up the drums." By the time he was 14, he was working with his own band on weekends, and continued to do so until he graduated high school at the age of 17.
He attended Browning, St. Bernard's and Collegiate Schools in New York City. Later he briefly attended New York University and extension programs at The New School, Rutgers, and Juilliard, followed by extensive private musical study in Jazz and Orchestral Percussion.
By the time Perry was 18, he turned professional while simultaneously attempting to attend college. This led to a serious conflict, finally resolved when he opted to pursue music full time. He began gaining a broader musical background, in a wide variety of styles, which included genres such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Fusion, R&B, Classical, World and Folk. He has appeared on over 100 successful records within his musical career in various musical capacities as a performer, composer and producer, that have achieved gold to multi-platinum status. He has worked with Lou Reed, Pat Benatar, Bette Midler, Todd Rundgren, Teo Macero Big Band, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, Anouska Shankar, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Peter Cetera, Dweezil Zappa, David Foster, Michael Omartian, Marc Shaiman, Snuffy Walden, Diane Warren, Bernie Taupin, Kitaro, Jon Anderson, Greg Lake, Dionne Warwick, Phyllis Hyman, Michel Colombier, Liza Minnelli, Peter Allen, Laura Branigan, Dragon (a.k.a. Hunter), Tommy Emmanuel, Vince DiCola, Thread, Maxus, Jess Roden, Bobby Kimball, Gary Brooker, Fairport Convention, The Chieftains, Dave Mason, Bill Champlin, Brenda Russell, Jim Messina, Katey Sagal, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Charles Aznavour, Jimmy Giuffre Big Band, Baird Hersey and the Year of the Ear, Spencer Davis, Martha and The Vandellas, amongst dozens of others, in addition to the many other accolades that fill his resume. He has worked extensively on television and film scores, TV commercials and Broadway shows, in addition to many records, DVD's and tours with internationally renowned artists, having been a highly sought after drummer for years before landing a spot in Jethro Tull, one of the most acclaimed, ground breaking, unique and intricate of progressive rock bands.
Member of the faculty of the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Ca. from 1988-1996. He continues to perform solo clinics at Drum Festivals and Music Colleges around the world. In 1992, released a critically acclaimed instructional video entitled “Creative Listening”, still widely used in the curriculum of music schools in the USA and abroad.
In 1984 Perry joined Jethro Tull as drummer and percussionist to replace Gerry Conway. He is the second member of Jethro Tull to have been born in the United States; (the first was drummer Mark Craney). He continues to record and tour with the band today and is the third longest standing member of Jethro Tull.
He has played on the following Jethro Tull albums and DVD's:
Live at Hammersmith 1984
20 Years of Jethro Tull (Boxed Set) - CD & Video
Crest of a Knave (Grammy award winner-1989)
25th Anniversary Box Set - CD & Video
A New Day Yesterday - DVD
Jethro Tull - In Concert
Through The Years
The Very Best of Jethro Tull
Live at Montreux 2003 - CD & DVD
Living With The Past - CD & DVD
The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull
Jack in The Green-Live in Germany - DVD
Jethro Tull - Classic Artists - 40th Anniversary-Fully Authorised Story - DVD
Live at AVO Sessions 2008 - CD & DVD
Jethro Tull members - solo recordings:
With Ian Anderson - Divinities - 12 Dances With God
With Martin Barre - The Meeting
With Dave Pegg - Box of Peggs
Doane Perry has used a wide variety of equipment over the years. He will use different drum kits depending on several factors, such as whether he is performing live or recording in the studio. On recent Tull tours and records, he has been using Premier's Artist Series maple drums, but will occasionally use birch Genistas or maple Signia Series drums, Paiste cymbals, DW Pedals & Hardware, Pro Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads, Rhythm Tech Percussion, LP Percussion.
In 1990 he married actress Heather Woodruff. They currently reside in Woodland Hills, California.
- Biography at the Official jethro Tull Website
- Jethro Tull official website
- Doane Perry Interview on NotableInterviews.com
Jethro TullMick Abrahams · Clive Bunker · Glenn Cornick · Barriemore Barlow · Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond · John Evan · David Palmer · John Glascock · Mark Craney · Peter-John Vettese · Eddie Jobson · Dave Pegg · Gerry Conway · Maartin Allcock · Dave Mattacks · Jonathan Noyce · Andrew Giddings · Tony Iommi Studio albumsThis Was · Stand Up · Benefit · Aqualung · Thick as a Brick · A Passion Play · War Child · Minstrel in the Gallery · Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! · Songs from the Wood · Heavy Horses · Stormwatch · A · The Broadsword and the Beast · Under Wraps · Crest of a Knave · Rock Island · Catfish Rising · Roots to Branches · J-Tull Dot Com · The Jethro Tull Christmas Album Live albums CompilationsLiving in the Past · M.U. – The Best of Jethro Tull · Repeat – The Best of Jethro Tull – Vol II · Original Masters · 20 Years of Jethro Tull: Highlights · The Best of Jethro Tull – The Anniversary Collection · Nightcap · Through the Years · The Very Best of Jethro Tull · Essential · The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull Boxed sets Videos Singles"Sunshine Day" / "Aeroplane" (as "Jethro Toe") · "A Song for Jeffrey" / "One for John Gee" · "Love Story" / "A Christmas Song" · "Living in the Past" / "Driving Song" · "Sweet Dream" / "17" · "Bouree" · "Witch's Promise" / "Teacher" · "Inside" / "Alive and Well and Living In" · "Life Is A Long Song" · "Hymn 43" · "Living in the Past" · "A Passion Play" · "Bungle in the Jungle" / "Back-Door Angel" · "Minstrel in the Gallery" / "Summerday Sands" · "Living in the Past" / "Requiem" · "Too Old to Rock And Roll, Too Young to Die" / "Rainbow Blues" · "Locomotive Breath" · "The Whistler" · "A Stitch in Time" / "Sweet Dream" · "Beastie" · "Fallen On Hard Times" · "Lap of Luxury" · "Farm on the Freeway" · "Jump Start" · "Steel Monkey" · "Said She Was a Dancer" · "Part of the Machine" · "Kissing Willie" · "Another Christmas Song" · "Rocks on the Road" · "Living in the (Slightly More Recent) Past" · "Bends Like a Willow" ToursToo Old To Rock 'N' Roll Tour · Heavy Horses Tour · Stormwatch Tour Related articles
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