Home » Jazz Musicians » Carmen Intorre

Carmen Intorre

Carmen Intorre Jr. developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age five.  He has performed and recorded with numerous musicians such as George Benson, Larry Coryell, Wynton Marsalis, Monty Alexander, George Coleman, Eric Alexander, George Cables, Benny Golson, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, Lew Tabackin, Bobby Watson, Ira Sullivan, Bucky Pizzarelli, and many others.  Carmen currently holds down the drum chair with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, touring extensively throughout the world with the guitarist's organ trio and quintet.

A 2011 GRAMMY® nominee for his co-producer credit on the critically acclaimed album by Joey DeFrancesco entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson, Intorre also had the pleasure of performing alongside DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith on the PBS show Legends of Jazz, hosted by Ramsey Lewis.

Receiving both his BM and MM degrees from Juilliard Intorre is always eager to uncover the latest information about music and drumming and to share that information with others. He states, "This is my job. I have to give back what I was given a chance to do." He goes on to explain, "Music is an opportunity for me to give up my soul, while in the process connecting with the audiences' souls as well.  I want the musicians on the bandstand and the members of the audience to feel uplifted after a performance, to feel great about themselves through the experience that they encountered.”

Perhaps one word best describes Carmen Intorre and his music: Joy. Reminiscent of Billy Higgins, Intorre brings a palpable swing and drive to virtually every bandstand he performs on.

Carmen proudly endorses Craviotto, DW, Sabian, ProMark, Evans, and LP products.


Liner Notes

John Basile: Heatin' Up

Read "John Basile: Heatin' Up" reviewed by Bill Milkowski

John Basile's warm tone and impeccable articulation on Heatin' Up at first may trigger memories of the late, great Pat Martino, an iconic guitarist whom Basile obviously admires. But listen closer to the elegant phrasing, the confident use of space and “less is more" approach he applies to tunes like Cy Coleman's “See Saw," the oft-covered standard “For All We Know" or his own gorgeous ballad “Countenance," and another influence comes to mind. As Basile put it, “There's no stronger ...

Album Review

Nancy Kelly: Jazz Woman: The Reel to Real Sessions

Read "Jazz Woman:  The Reel to Real Sessions" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Among jazz aficionados in the “real" Upstate New York, that is to say in and around the cities of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, vocalist Nancy Kelly is well known. She has performed at multiple venues, both still extant and defunct, which served as havens for music lovers in the area. Known for her uncompromising artistry and singular approach to standards, Kelly did not limit her activity to her native region. Over half a century she has performed all over the ...

Read more articles


Guitarist John Basile Releases 'Satisfied' with Gary Versace and Carmen Intorre, Jr.

Guitarist John Basile Releases 'Satisfied' with Gary Versace and Carmen Intorre, Jr.

Source: John Basile

Jazz enthusiasts are in for a treat as the highly-acclaimed jazz guitarist John Basile announces his 11th, much anticipated new release, Satisfied. The project brings together a stellar trio featuring the incomparable Gary Versace on Hammond B3 organ, and driving the rhythm forward is the impeccable Carmen Intorre Jr. on drums. The session features a captivating mix of original compositions and reinterpretations of classic jazz standards, each track meticulously crafted to evoke a full spectrum of emotion. “The chemistry and ...

"Carmen is one of my favorite drummers, he has a very wide groove and strong beat and most important of all, he swings his ass off! I LOVE EM! —Joey DeFrancesco


"I've been in music for a long time, and I've been fortunate enough to interact with some of the greatest players. As a top level drummer, Carmen Intorre is one of those artists, ..... gifted to the max!"

-Pat Martino


"An exciting and visceral player, Carmen provides the solid underpinning that propels the soloist, but also creates highly musical textures and patterns that demonstrate an individual voice." 

Read more




Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Heatin' Up

Stringtime Jazz



Springtime Jazz


For the Soul

Pony Canyon Records


Moon And Sand

From: Heatin' Up
By Carmen Intorre

Straight Punches

From: Satisfied
By Carmen Intorre


Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.