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Danny Seraphine
Zildjian Drummer Danny Seraphine
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: CTA
  • Country: United States

Danny Seraphine is one of the world's most highly-respected rock drummers, rated by the legendary Buddy Rich as one of his favorite young drummers. He was the drummer, percussionist, and a founding member of the multi-million selling, Grammy award winning band Chicago. From 1967 to 1990, Seraphine played on and helped produce 18 Gold and 13 Platinum albums, 50 Top 40 hits, including 20 Top 10 singles, and 5 number ones. Danny's innovative integration of jazz chops with a rock feel and arrangements has been cited as a major influence in many of today's great drummers. Simply put: Danny Seraphine is one of the greatest drummers of all time.

Seraphine grew up in Chicago, Illinois and started playing drums at the age of nine, eventually studying privately with famed percussionist Bob Tillis. After forming Chicago in 1967, he continued studying the drums, first with big band drummer Chuck Flores, then with legendary jazz drummer Jo Jones. When Danny and Chicago parted company in 1990, he moved to Colorado to set up his own label and production company. Returning to Los Angeles in 2001, Seraphine continued to produce and manage recording artists, and produce Broadway and off-Broadway shows.

All this time, Danny continued playing drums, but it was after conversations with his friend, composer and musician Peter Fish, which started him thinking about forming a band. Danny was introduced to Marc Bonilla by friend and drummer extraordinaire Gregg Bissonette and as soon as they started jamming together, they developed a rapport. Seraphine and Bonilla initially put a band together to play for several charity benefit shows. The response was so overwhelming that they decided to get serious and put a full 70-minute set together and so 'CTA' was born. For Danny Seraphine, this is the first time in 15 years that he has played with a live band. "I was born to play. It's been my calling since I was nine years old, and it's what I do best," he explains.

In 2006, Danny returned to the public eye in a major way, as a featured performer (along with 'CTA') at the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival. Danny and the band's performance were nothing short of spectacular, and have been documented on a DVD available through Hudson Music.

As a Zildjian Artist since 1969, Danny uses a mixture of K Custom Hybrid and A Custom cymbals, although he recently rediscovered the classic "A Zildjian" sound, heard on all the classic Chicago recordings.

Look for Danny and 'CTA' in support of their debut release Full Circle.

"It is an honor to be playing with such a talented group of musicians who are also great people. It's going to be a great ride."

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