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Mike Shaw (with Bill Bruford's drums...) - photoo by M Crouter

Mike Shaw - Drums and percussion

Mike Shaw Bio

bulletBorn in Chinatown (East L.A.), yeah that's right, me and Cheech Marin!!
bulletI was raised a poor black child, and never knew why the blues made me so sad.
bulletThe first instrument I played was the violin (at age 10).
bulletThen at age 13, I came to my senses and started learning drums via Hal Blaine's drum records.
bulletI was involved in the school music program from age 13 through high school.
bulletDuring high school, I auditioned for and was accepted into two all-state music groups,  thanks to my great drum teacher Ken Smith (Tympanist with the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra).
bulletAfter high school, I hitch-hiked around the western portion of the U.S.A. for a couple of years and ended up in Wenatchee, where I took up the flute at age 20 and studied under Don Lanphere  and Jon Pugh. And I met and married my clarinet playing wife of 23 years now.
bulletPlayed in a couple of God-rock bands in the 80's and several musicians in between then and now.

Musical influences:

Todd Rundgren, Frank Zappa, E.L.P., Yes, Chicago, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Beatles, Pink Floyd etc.

Drumming influences:

Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, Jeff Porcaro, Willie Wilcox, Danny Seraphine, Simon Phillips, Carl Palmer etc.

Mike's equipment:

Custom made Jerry Garcia drums @ Seattle Drum Shop, Gibralter hardware, Paiste cymbals and accessories are; a mounted tambourine, cowbell and marktree chimes.

           Mike also plays with Chip in a funk/jazz group called Mavi -  http://home.centurytel.net/mavi


Mike Shaw - photo by C Utterback

Mike Shaw  from the other side - in a drum booth at a recent studio session.

Below are additional photos of Mike in action - please click on the thumbnail to view the larger version....

Mike Shaw - photo by J Rhoton     Mike Shaw - photo by J Rhoton     Mike Shaw - photo by J Rhoton     Mike Shaw - photo by M Crouter

Mike Shaw - photo by J Rhoton     Mike Shaw - photo by J Rhoton     Mike at the KWJZ Summer Cruise 2002   Mike at the wedding we did summer 2002....

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