Denny Seiwell
January 17,1910 - March 25,1951

Denny Seiwell
In a career that has travelled from the intimacy of New York's most respected jazz clubs, to Rock's biggest stadiums to countless sessions in the studio, Denny has proven himself one of the most respected musicians at work today.

Denny was 5 years old when his father introduced him to the drums; he turned professional musician while barely a teenager. A stint with the Navy Jazz Band after high school led to a year's assignment in Chicago under the tutelage of the great Roy Knapp, legendary teacher to such masters as Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson.

Then came New York where Denny's first job took him to the famed Half Note Jazz Club playing with the Zoot Sims/Al Cohn Quintet. From there a string of studio work which established him as the Big Apple's Premiere session Drummer.

Having played with the crème de la crème of the Jazz elite, Denny's Rock-n-Roll resume is no less envious, beginning with an invitation from Paul McCartney to move to London and become a founding member of the post-Beatles phenomenon "WINGS." Denny also toured with Wings playing on many of that era's biggest hits, "My Love" and the Oscar nominated "Live and Let Die" to name a few. Other Highlights of Denny's London years included work with Joe Cocker, Donovan, and The Who with the London Symphony Orchestra in their ground breaking version of the Rock Opera "Tommy."

Denny's Signature Drumming can be heard on records by Art Garfunkel, James Brown, Astrud Gilberto, Deniece Williams, Janis Joplin's posthumus Farewell Song album, Billy Joel's "Cold Spring Harbor" and McCartney's "Ram", "Wildlife" and "Red Rose Speedway" albums.

While playing on some of LA's most prestigious TV and Film dates, his passion for music, his human spirit, his training and abilities have earned him the reputation as one of the industry's most respected drummers.

Paul McCartney - Denny Seiwell

One day I had a jingle cancel out, but my service said I was wanted for a demo. I thought, ‘Geez, I’m too busy to do a demo. But what the heck, I’ll do it since something canceled out.’ I went to the address—43rd Street between 8th and 9th Aves. ...and it was a burned-out building. I thought I was going to get mugged. I thought, "There can't be a studio here." I walked in and was directed to the basement, "Oh no!" But I went down to find Paul and Linda sitting there next to a ratty old set of drums!

"I had no idea he was in town auditioning players," Seiwell continues. "Paul said, ‘Would you mind playing some drums for me?’ I said, ‘You got a guitar or bass to play with me?’ He said, ‘No, just you. Play some drums.’ Right then and there I realized he was looking for attitude more than anything, so I went right to the tom-toms and did a Beatles kind of manic thing. He then asked me to play some different beats, and then I left."

Before hearing whether or not he got the gig, Denny was presented with an opportunity to buy Ringo’s Shea Stadium Beatles kit. Well, Seiwell did get called for the gig, and when McCartney turned up for the first session, the former Beatle was quite surprised to see Ringo’s kit behind him!

NAMM 2004
Steve Jordan - Will Lee - Denny Seiwell - Peter Erskine - Manu Katche

Denny Seiwell - Lee Sklar

© Ethan Miller

© Jim Cornall

Paul, Linda, Denny and Denny Laine

Abe Laboriel - Curt Bisquera - Denny Seiwell

Thomas Brumley - John King (Zildjian) - Denny Seiwell -
Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld)

Vinnie Colaiuta - Danny Seiwell

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