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Kenny Aronoff Bio

Kenny Aronoff was born on March 7, 1953 in Massachusetts. He graduated from Indiana University, passing up a number of orchestral offers. Aronoff moved to New York to study Jazz fusion drumming, this is where he grew a lot on the drums. Kenny Aronoff eventually joined up with John Mellencamp, and became the full time drummer for the John Mellencamp Band. It was here where he grew very talented in studio recording, covering over 10 albums with Mellencamp. Kenny Aronoff has amazing talent in the studio, doing session work for such musicians and bands as: The Rolling Stones, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Smashing Pumpkins, Mick Jagger, Alanis Morissette, Bob Sager, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Meat Loaf, Willie Nelson, and Cinderella. To this day he is the most in demand studio drummer around!

Kenny Aronoff currently endorses Tama drums and Meinl cymbals. He has a signature Trackmaster Snare designed with Tama, and a signature cowbell series with Meinl. He uses a decent size set up, as he is not a very flashy drummer. For 4 years of his life, Kenny Aronoff was an associate professor of percussion at the Indiana University. He even has a scholarship awarded annually to a shining student. Aronoff is definitely an influential drummer of our time, being a solid drummer in the studio, and a great technical musician.

Check out a list of his solo’s and studio work below, and see why he is sought after so much for studio sessions.


Kenny Aronoff Videos

Studio Drum Solo # 1