Skip Hadden is originally from Port Chester, New York. As a youngster he studied with Ralph Pace and later in Cleveland with Bob McKee and Ramnad Raghavan. He has been performing and recording with various artists since 1968. A partial list includes Michael Bocian, Ira Sullivan, Ernie Krivda, Sonny Stitt, Bill DeArango, John Abercrombie, Lou Donaldson, Billy Pierce, Bill Dobbins, Larry Karush, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Smith, Billy Drewes, Dewey Redman, Garrison Fewell, Ed Saindon, Eddie Gomez, and Kenny Werner.
He can be heard on the Weather Report album "Mysterious Traveler" with Josef Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Alphonso Johnson, Dom Um Ramao, and Ishmael Wilburn. He can also be heard on "This Is Jazz 10, Weather Report," and the recent recording "Reverence" with Michael Bocian, Dewey Redman, and Cameron Brown on the ENJA label.
Skip has a Master’s in Education and is a Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he has taught since 1982. At Berklee he has developed and taught numerous courses, including Fusion Repertoire and Development, Advanced Fusion, Basic Time and Pulse, Lead Sheet Interpretation, Rhythmic Concepts: Broken Eighth Note Feel, Linear Time Feels and Phrasing, Jazz Drum Styles, Fusion Drum Styles, Funk Drum Styles, Rock Drum Styles, World Drum Styles, Survey of Drumming post ‘60s and Acoustic Characteristics of the Drumset.
He is the author of four books: World Fusion Drumming, published by Alfred Music Publishers, The Beat, The Body, & The Brain II, Rhythmic Concepts: Broken Eighth Note Feel, Profiles In Jazz Drumming, published by Who's Counting? Publications. He has also written numerous articles on drumming and music education for a variety of music industry publications. His books are used by numerous educators and institutions and are also required texts of the Berklee Percussion Department curriculum.
As an endorser of Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Heads, Vic Firth Sticks, and LP Percussion, he has presented workshops and seminars throughout the U. S., Europe, and Australia. His presentations are often based on the concepts from his texts.
An often sought performer and educator, Skip makes his home in Gloucester, MA., an inspiring seaside community just north of Boston.