Vinnie Colaiuta

Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Colaiuta (born February 5, 1956) is an American drummer known for his versatility and technical prowess. Throughout his career, he has played with a wide array of artists across various genres, making him one of the most sought-after session drummers in the world.

Timeline of Career Highlights

1978 Joins Frank Zappa's band, gaining recognition for his work on the album "Joe's Garage."

1981 Begins working as a session drummer in Los Angeles.

1985-1993 Drummer for Sting, playing on several albums and tours.

1994 Joins the band for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

1996 Releases a self-titled solo album.

2005 Wins the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame award.

2010s Continues to perform and record with a variety of artists, maintaining a busy session schedule.

~Bands He Has Played With

Frank Zappa Notable albums include "Joe's Garage" and "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar."

Sting Key albums include "Ten Summoner's Tales" and "Mercury Falling."

Joni Mitchell Worked on albums like "Wild Things Run Fast" and "Taming the Tiger."

Megadeth Played on the album "The System Has Failed."

Herbie Hancock Collaborated on various projects and live performances.

Jeff Beck see the video below.


Solo Album "Vinnie Colaiuta" (1994)

With Frank Zappa "Joe's Garage," "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar," "Tinsel Town Rebellion."

With Sting "Ten Summoner's Tales," "Mercury Falling," "Brand New Day."

With Joni Mitchell "Wild Things Run Fast," "Taming the Tiger."

With Megadeth "The System Has Failed."

With Herbie Hancock Various projects.


Drums Gretsch USA Custom

Cymbals Paiste Signature and 2002 series

Heads Remo

Sticks Vic Firth Vinnie Colaiuta Signature

Pedals DW 5000 series


Vinnie Colaiuta is known for his impeccable timing, versatility, and ability to adapt to any musical style. His sound is characterized by precise execution, dynamic control, and a deep understanding of rhythmic complexity. Whether playing jazz, rock, pop, or fusion, Colaiuta's drumming always adds a unique and sophisticated touch to the music.

Notable Albums

Frank Zappa "Joe's Garage," "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar," "Tinsel Town Rebellion."

Sting "Ten Summoner's Tales," "Mercury Falling," "Brand New Day."

Joni Mitchell "Wild Things Run Fast," "Taming the Tiger."

Megadeth "The System Has Failed."

Herbie Hancock Various projects.

Solo "Vinnie Colaiuta" (1994).

Grammy Awards

2000 Best Pop Instrumental Album for "Brand New Day" with Sting.

Famous Songs or Compositions

  1. "Joe's Garage" (Frank Zappa)
  2. "Seven Days" (Sting)
  3. "Brand New Day" (Sting)
  4. "Wild Things Run Fast" (Joni Mitchell)
  5. "Die Dead Enough" (Megadeth)


Music is a journey, and every beat is a step towards discovering something new.


Vinnie brings something to my music that no other drummer can.

Gossip and Trivia

Reputation Known in the industry for his professionalism and perfectionism.

Influence Colaiuta has influenced numerous drummers with his innovative approach and technical skill.

Personality Despite his fame, he is often described as humble and dedicated to his craft.


Vinnie Colaiuta's extraordinary career and contributions to music have made him a legendary figure in the drumming community. His work spans numerous genres and has left a lasting impact on musicians and fans alike.

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