You know Steve Gadd. Even if you think you don't, you probably do. A drummer who has played on countless studio sessions, Gadd has solidified himself as one of the most sought after timekeepers in modern music. From James Brown and James Taylor to Chet Baker and Chick Corea, he's rolled with royalty. As Corea himself once said, "Every drummer wants to play like Gadd because he plays perfect."

Gadd has the body of work to back the lip service, too. To list just 10 percent of his collaborations here would turn this article into a glorified Wikipedia entry.

The Steve Gadd Band will journey through Japan from Dec. 8 to 20 with a lineup that features Grammy Award-winning pianist Kevin Hays. While Gadd's studio session work shows him proudly playing in service of the song, his own outings give him a chance to cut loose and bring the house down. A featured guest on the tour will be seasoned guitarist David Spinozza, who holds a special place in Fab Four lore, being the only musician to record with both John Lennon and Paul McCartney following the breakup of The Beatles.