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Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bisonette
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Birthday: June 09
  • Country: United States

Gregg Bissonette is best known for his ability to play in a wide variety of styles, with credits ranging from the big band jazz of Maynard Ferguson to the hard rock of David Lee Roth and Joe Satriani.

Growing up in Detroit in a musical family, Gregg received his Bachelor of Music Education from North Texas State University. While at NTSU, he played for three years in the famed "One O' Clock Jazz Band." After graduation, he joined the Maynard Ferguson Big Band that already featured his brother Matt on bass. The band toured the world and recorded the "Live in San Francisco" CD. It was during this time that Armand Zildjian personally invited Gregg to join the Zildjian family.

Gregg moved to Los Angeles and that has been his home ever since. His big break came in 1985 when David Lee Roth left Van Halen to start his own band, and invited Gregg to play drums. They recorded three albums together as well as toured the globe extensively.

Gregg has played with Joe Satriani, Gino Vannelli, Tania Maria, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Robin Zander, Brandon Fields, Yarbrough & Peoples, Toto, Ray Charles, Don Henley and Santana's Grammy-winning album "Supernatural" including the tune "El Farol" which was named "Best Pop Instrumental" at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Gregg's second solo release Submarine highlights his musicality and great vocal ability. With songs written by brother Matt Bissonette, Submarine features today's hottest guitar players: Frank Gambale, Gary Hoey, Joe Satriani, Steve Stevens, Steve Vai, Robben Ford and Richie Kotzen.

A lifelong Beatle fan, Gregg still beams when he recalls being asked by the one and only Ringo Starr to play with him in support of Ringorama, along with his brother Matt on bass.

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