This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Danny Seraphine.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and pioneering jazz-rock drummer Danny Seraphine, a founding member of the legendary band Chicago, brings his “DANNY SERAPHINE & CTA TAKE ME BACK TO CHICAGO” show to The Suncoast Showroom February 16.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Seraphine talks about Bob Tillis, the man who gave him his musical foundation at an early age; his belief that work is as important as talent; developing his natural tendencies and talents as a drummer; working at a high level with bands that were very demanding; and why he continues to perform and tour.
Chicago initially gained fame opening for music legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and the Beach Boys, hitting its stride almost immediately after their debut effort, Chicago Transit Authority, a double album, came out in 1969.
The iconic group earned 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. They have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles. On April 8, 2016 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Barclay’s Center in New York.
From the beginning, Seraphine, as the drummer, was always the backbone of the operation. It was his job to keep everyone in time and on balance. Critically acclaimed as an instrumentalist and a composer, Rolling Stone magazine has ranked “the father of jazz rock” as one of the top 100 drummers of all time.