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- Seven-Time Grammy Award Winner
- Readers Poll Winner, Modern Drummer Magazine & DRUM! Magazine
- Chicago Tribune 2004 "Chicagoan of the Year"
- Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, Roosevelt University's Chicago College of
   Performing Arts

- Recipient, "Life Time Achievement Award", Cape Breton International Drum

- Recipient, "Lifetime Achievement Award", Montreal Drum Fest

- Independent Music Award Winner, Wertico Cain & Gray's Sound Portraits
- Board of Governors, The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter
- Education Committee, Jazz Institute of Chicago


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Released on July 7, 2017 - Paul's Groundbreaking Book TURN THE BEAT AROUND

"Grammy-Award-winning drummer Paul Wertico will challenge your independence and understanding of groove with this interesting and forward-thinking method book. Whether for musical applications or developing technical independence, Wertico's book will test the hands, feet, and mind." - PAS Percussive Notes, May 2018 - Read Full Review


Paul wrote this book to help drummers explore an alternative way of thinking and grooving, and the book is for all drummers, since it runs the gamut from simple to complex, regardless of their musical style.

Here's a brief description:
Habits and traditions are often hard to change, but discovering new and creative ways of rearranging and rethinking established norms is what distinguishes a great drummer and provides endless challenge and possibilities. TURN THE BEAT AROUND breaks decades-old routine by examining "backbeats" in a whole new light, asking the questions: "Why are backbeats always played on beats 2 & 4?" and "What about playing them on beats 1 & 3?" By delving into this inquiry, Paul Wertico provides drummers with innovative ways of expanding their groove vocabulary, solidifying their time, and mastering coordination and limb independence. Wertico has even coined a new word for these types of reversed beats---frontbeats.

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"Drummer Nation: Paul Wertico"

Check out my new interview with Drummer Nation: Drummer Nation: Paul Wertico


"Drummer Nation: Paul Wertico CD Excerpt"

Here's an excerpt where I talk with Drummer Nation about my new CD Paul Wertico's Drums Without Boundaries: Drummer Nation: Paul Wertico CD Excerpt


"Paul Wertico: The Sound Painter"

Check out my interview in Not So Modern Drummer's December 2019 issue: Paul Wertico: The Sound Painter


"Paul Wertico - Fearlessly Creative"

Check out my interview in DRUM! Magazine's Spring 2019 issue: Paul Wertico - Fearlessly Creative


"Letting The Music Play You with Paul Wertico"

Check out my interview at Musical U: Letting The Music Play You with Paul Wertico



Released on June 30, 2023!!!
Paul Wertico's Drums Without Boundaries


"Paul Wertico, on Drums Without Boundaries, exemplifies what can happen if someone with the ability to realize, respond, and record puts trust in the performers. The result is a sound extravagance that brings the keen listener into the world of the artist’s imagination." - Chicago Jazz Magazine - See Reviews - Order CD - Order CD and/or MP3s

The 8th CD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray -
Windows Of Time


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Gianmarco Scaglia & Paul Wertico Quartet -
Dynamics In Meditation


"This CD is like a book to read, browsing every page with ever more curiosity." - Jazz In Europe - See Reviews - Order CD and/or MP3s

Paul Wertico Trio -
Letter from Rome


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Paul Wertico | John Helliwell Project -
The Bari Session


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Paul Wertico/John Helliwell Project -
Live Under Italian Skies



The 25th Anniversary CD of the Paul Wertico Trio - First Date


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The 7th CD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray -
Without Compromise


Without Compromise is 100% improvised!!!

"This is a wonderful, curious, enigmatic, and virtuosic musical experience, in which the artists build soundscapes that will take you into new worlds. You will hear groove and grit, form and formlessness. This production will keep you thinking and stretching for days." - Kabir Sehgal (Grammy winning producer)

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The VR 360 Video Release by Wertico Cain & Gray -
Without Compromise


Welcome to the virtual world of Wertico Cain & Gray. We'd like to welcome you to our VR 360 recording session at Reelsounds Chicago studios (September 15, 2018 ). You will be seated in the middle of the studio's main recording room, 7 feet from Paul, David & Larry. And each experience of Without Compromise allows you to explore different views with your VR goggles, phone, tablet and computer in amazing stereo and surround sound. Or watch the "Flat Earth" and Dual HD animated versions!

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The 6th CD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray - AFTERLIVE


AFTERLIVE is 100% improvised!!!

Recorded live, AFTERLIVE further documents Wertico Cain & Gray's ongoing fearless commitment to bringing together worlds of styles and inspirations into moments of reality, and creating music for people who love to live an adventure through music and dream through sound.

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The 5th CD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray -
Short Cuts - 40 Improvisations


Short Cuts - 40 Improvisations is 100% improvised!!!

Our intention was to create short, spontaneous compositions. These 40 tracks form a complete compositional thought. The mixes were realized as living, breathing moments of creative flow and the titles of the tracks vibrate as poetry that tells our story.

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The 4th CD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray - Realization


Realization is 100% improvised!!!

Realization is an album that brings together worlds of styles and inspirations into moments of reality. It's music for people who love to live an adventure through music, and dream through sound.


Wertico Cain & Gray's Realization was a nominee for BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE ALBUM & BEST LONG FORM VIDEO in the 15th Annual INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (2016)

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The Video Release by Wertico Cain & Gray - Realization

Realization is the story of back-to-back improvisational time capsules, one at The S.N. Shure Theater, Shure Incorporated headquarters, and one at Reelsounds Chicago.This spontaneous trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word-tech, in-sync with an inner muse that connects to the universe of possibilities, and musically conversing to the point of sheer telepathy.

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The 2nd DVD & 3rd CD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray - Organic Architecture


Organic Architecture is a seamless, genre-expanding marriage of sound and vision performed with a quality never before experienced. Inspired by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Wertico, David Cain and Larry Gray take musical artistry to unchartered waters with explosive, creative improvising that is truly on the cutting edge ... and beyond. A passionate, trailblazing, mind-blowing performance setting a new direction in music and video!

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The 2nd CD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray -


Out In SPACE is 100% improvised!!!

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The Debut CD & DVD Release by Wertico Cain & Gray - Sound Portraits



Wertico Cain & Gray's Sound Portraits won BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE ALBUM in the 13th Annual INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (2014)

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Sound Portraits is 100% improvised!!! Visit our website at

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The CD Release by Paul Wertico & Frank Catalano - Topics Of Conversation


Topics Of Conversation features 100% improvised drums/sax duets!!!

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The CD Release by Fabrizio Mocata, Gianmarco Scaglia & Paul Wertico - Free The Opera!


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The DVD & CD of David Cain & Paul Wertico -
Feast For The Senses


Feast For The Senses: An evening of improvised music presented by seven-time Grammy award winning drummer, Paul Wertico, and award winning musician, artist, filmmaker, author and composer, David Cain.

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Paul Wertico's "Even The Kitchen Sink" Drum Solo from Feast For The Senses:

Paul Wertico Podcasts on Drummeradio

Listen to Paul's two podcasts on DRUMMERADIO.COM, where he plays and talks about some of his all time favorite recordings and is interviewed by Bill Zildjian.

The Drum Channel Presents Paul Wertico with Host Terry Bozzio, and more


"Paul Wertico played for years with Pat Metheny and is now a professor of music at Roosevelt University. He is highly respected in the drum community as one of the most musical melodic drummers which certainly comes through in one of the most amazing drum jams we have had on Drum Channel at the end of this show. This two part series talks about what you should play and how you should approach the drumset and the influences your instructors can have on you."

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Inventing The Future with Robert Tercek, featuring Paul Wertico & What's Next


Inventing The Future with Robert Tercek - Live Composition Sound Design

Apple's Meet the Musician: Roy Haynes - Moderated by Paul Wertico:


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Paul Wertico's Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance - Live From SPACE DVD:


Comprised of the union of the Israeli duo, Marbin, and Chicago's Paul Wertico Trio, Paul Wertico's Mid-East/Mid-West Alliance represents a fresh direction in jazz and improvised music.

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Paul Wertico - Drum Philosophy DVD


The international DVD release of the Paul Wertico instructional video entitled Paul Wertico - Drum Philosophy, published by Alfred Publishing. DVD format: Region 0 for use in all regions. Price: $19.95

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or for Video on Demand. Price: $15.99

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Paul Wertico: Drum Philosophy - 01:31

Masters of Resonance

I'm also thrilled to be included in this fantastic documentary Masters of Resonance


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