Skip Hadden joins TIP Advisory Board


Skip Hadden
Skip Hadden

Hudson Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Skip Hadden to the Teacher Integration Program’s Advisory board. Skip joins other respected educators such as Ed Soph, Peter Retzlaff, John Ramsay, Rod Morgenstein, Sherrie Maricle, Donny Gruendler, Jeff Salem, Allison Miller, Steve Houghton, Neil Garthly and Carl Allen as part of the advisory panel.

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Skip Hadden is originally from Port Chester, New York. He studied as a youngster with Ralph Pace and later in Cleveland with Bob McKee, Eddie Bobick and Ramnad Raghavan. He has been performing and recording with various artists since1968; a partial list includes Michael Bocian, Ira Sullivan, Ernie Krivda, Sonny Stitt, Bill DeArango, John Ambercrombie, Lou Donaldson, Johnny Hartman, Billy Pierce, Bill Dobbins, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Smith, Billy Drewes, Dewey Redman, Ed Saindon, Eddie Gomez, Joan Solar, Xavi Folch, Horacio Fumero, Temo Xabar, Jacek Smietana, Emanuelle Cici, Remo Remondetti, Francesco Bertone, Paulo della Porta, Jesus Sandandraeu, Abe Rabade, Paco Charlin 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 another recent recording is with Michael Bocian, Dewey Redman, and Cameron Brown and is on the ENJA label and is entitled,”Reverence”. 

He has a Masters Degree in Education and is a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he has taught since 1982. At Berklee College he developed and taught such courses as Jazz Drum Styles, Fusion Drum Styles, Funk Drum Styles, Rock Drum Styles and World Drum Styles, Basic Time and Pulse and Improv., Lead Sheet Interpretation, Rhythmic Concepts: Broken Eighth Note Feel, Survey of Drum Styles Post 60’s, Survey of Jazz Drumming 1920’s-1960’s, Linear Time Feels and Phrasing, and Fusion I/II. 

He is an endorser of Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Vic Firth Sticks and LP Percussion and with their support presents workshops and seminars in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Australia based on his text, “World Fusion Drumming”, published by Alfred Music. 

The “World Fusion Drumming” book contains 2 CD’s, one of Skip demonstrating the exercise material and another featuring the exceptional talents of Giovanni Hidalgo, Alain Mallet, Victor Mendoza, Oscar Stegnaro, Alberto Netto, and Hector Quintanilla demonstrating musical examples of the rhythms in the book. 


He has three other books are available through his website, 


“The Beat, The Body, and The Brain II,” deals with utilizing the basic building blocks of rhythm in groups of twos and threes in odd time signatures and phrases, 

“Rhythmic Concepts: Broken Eighth Note Feel” deals with the study of the broken eighth note jazz feel and “Profiles in Jazz Drumming,” is filled with profiles of jazz drummers from the 1960’s through this century with bios, style notes, lists of their recordings and 39 transcriptions and a CD of the transcriptions at full speed and also slowed down. These books are available through his website and are also Berklee College of Music Percussion Department required text. 


He is a featured artist on the Vic Firth Education website 


His articles on drumming have appeared in Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, Percussioni, Drum Club, Muzyk and Top Drummer.


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