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Bozzio-O’Hearn-Cuccurullo Power Trio special guest Denny Walley (US)

Patrick O'Hearn

was born in Los Angeles on September 6, 1954, grew up in Oregon and began his musical career at the age of 15 on bass. He appeared together with his parents - both professional musicians - in various nightclubs. Later he studied music with a focus on cello, flute and violin.

After graduation, he moved to Seattle in 1972 to increase his skills in playing the bass as part of a private study with Gary Peacock.

In 1973, he moved on to San Francisco, where he quickly connected to the then flourishing jazz scene. He played bass with established musicians such as Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Joe Pass, Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson.

From mid to the end of the seventies he became a musician with Frank Zappa and a.o. played on the albums Sheik Yerbouti, Zappa New York, Sleep Dirt and Joe's Garage.

He then co-founded the Progband Group 87 and then followed the invitation of Terry Bozzio to play along with the Missing Persons. Since that time he is intensively occupied with keyboard instruments and electronic music.

In 1985 he began his solo career, becoming well-known as a composer for movie soundtracks.

Terry Bozzio

was born on December 27, 1950 in San Francisco. At the age of 13 he started his first drum lessons and later completed a music study. Previously, he assembled all (im)possible household items to work them in the rhythms of albums by Tito Puente or the Ventures. Blue Glass Radio, The Yard and Tamalpai's Jungle Mountain Boys were the names of the first bands he played with.

Already in 1972 he was involved in his first recording. This was played by Luis Gasca and no other than George Duke was one of the producers.

He joined Frank Zappa in 1975, has worked on ten of his albums, and has been involved in three world tours. For Zappa he occasionally played the role of the clown entertainer, who is good for any of the often crude and obscene jokes on stage. On the album "Zappa in New York" he duels with Zappa as a canned-beer-destroying brides-eater in "Titties & Beer" ... a great role and a legendary track!

But it was certainly not for these actions that Terry joined Zappa's formation. He was one of the few drummers to pass the black-page test. Such a complicated title, which made the sheet almost black. This nightmare for any musician can also be heard on "Zappa in New York" (as well as on Halloween `77, Läther, Hammersmith Odeon and Baby Snakes). In 1978 he was kicked out of Zappa’s Band, when he joined the band Group 87, in which a.o. Patrick O'Hearn and Peter Wolf were playing.

This was followed by recordings and sessions with the Brecker Brothers, UK, the Missing Persons, Robbie Robertson, Mick Jagger, Deborah Harry, Dweezil Zappa, Lonely Bears, Polytown, Gary Wright, Don Dokken, XYZ, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Richard Marx, Alan Holdsworth, Pat Mastelotto, Jeff Beck and countless solo concerts to this day. And the appearance at Zappanale #20 on 16 August 2009 can be found in the very extensive biography on his website too.

Warren Cuccurullo

was born on December 8, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York. He started playing drums and guitar at an early age. He was a fan of Frank Zappa already as a teenager and attended all his concerts within 500 miles around Brooklyn. He met Terry Bozzio and Patrick O'Hearn in the mid-70s. The three became friends. Finally, in 1978, he even made it to Zappa's band. Zappa was heavily impressed by Cuccurullo, who was able to do his most tricky guitar parts.

After several live gigs Zappa went to the studio to work on the album Joe's Garage. Cuccurullo not only took over the rhythm guitar parts, but also a lot of vocal performances, together with Terry Bozzio's then wife Dale. Along the way, both Terry and Warren wrote their own songs and finally the idea came up to found their own band ... the Missing Persons emerged. Patrick O'Hearn and Chuck Wild were added.

First contacts to Duran Duran came about as both bands were under contract with Capital Records. In 1986 Cuccurullo first joined Duran Duran as a session musician for the completion of the album "Notorious", but then became a longtime band member until 2001. Therefore, he rejected Zappas offer to join him on his 88 tour.

In the early 1990s, Cuccurullo started a collaboration with Nick Rhodes (then also with Duran Duran), Mark Tinley (keyboard engineer with Duran Duran) and producer / multi-instrumentalist Anthony J. Resta in the band TV Mania. The most interesting anecdote from this period is probably that Rhodes and Cuccurullo composed a title track for the Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies". However, this was rejected and released under the title "Last Day Of Earth" by Duran Duran with a modified text.

In 1994, Cuccurullo recorded the album "Thanks 2 Frank" within just ten days with Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.

In 2010 Cuccurullo founded the free jazz formation "Theoretical 5" with Arthur Barrow (bass), Tommy Mars (keyboards, vocals), Larry Klimas (saxophone) and Andy Kravitz (drums, percussion). In the same year the video for the track "Happy Feet" part 1 was uploaded to YouTube. To date, it has a whopping 5,100 views. The track "Senator Byrd" on only 800 calls in 8 years.

During the following years, several more discs appeared with the participation of many different musicians, such as Terry Bozzio, Lakshminarayana Shankar, Patrick O'Hearn, Pino Palladino, Joe Travers and Nick Beggs.

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