Wally Schnalle plays Billy Cobham

Wally Schnalle plays Billy Cobham

Beat guru Wally Schnalle pays tribute to fusion master Billy Cobham in a banging Hotplate tribute sure to satisfy the pickiest of drum aficionados.


Includes FRONT BURNER session on the life and times of Billy Cobham, led by SFJAZZ Education Director Rebeca Mauleón.

About Billy Cobham

Widely considered the greatest jazz-fusion drummer of all time, Billy Cobham’s influential style and impact is widespread. After brief stints with Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine and the Brecker Brothers, he landed jobs with Miles Davis & the Mahavishnu Orchestra on their groundbreaking efforts in the early 70s. Deciding to head off in his own direction, Cobham debuted his project Spectrum in 1973, which at times included John Scofield, Jan hammer and John Abercrombie. By 1980 he was working with rock legend Jack Bruce, and in 1984 he even managed to join Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead’s side project Bobby and the Midnites.

About Wally Schnalle
In 1984, Wally Schnalle decided to quit his Silicon Valley desk job in order to pursue a career in playing drums. What could have been perceived as a “bad decision” at the time, has allowed him to become a notable drummer in the Bay Area jazz scene, as well as an editor for Drum! Magazine. With one sold-out Cobham tribute at Yoshi’s under his belt already, Schnalle means business!

Artist Personnel

Wally Schnalle drums
Jeff Massanari
Murray Low keyboards
Charles McNeal sax
Mads Tolling violin
Jason Muscat bass

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