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Joe Morello

Joe was born on July 17, 1929, in Springfield, Mass. Having impaired vision since birth, he devoted himself to indoor activities. At the age of six, his family’s encouragement led him to study violin. Three years later, he was featured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as soloist in the Mendelsohn Violin Concerto. At the age of twelve, he made a second solo appearance with the orchestra. But upon meeting and hearing his idol, the great Jascha Heifetz, Joe felt he could never achieve “that sound”. So, at the age of fifteen, Joe changed the course of his musical endeavors and began to study drums. Joe’s first drum teacher, Joe Sefcik, was a pit drummer for all the shows in the Springfield area

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Bill Bruford: In the Court of the Percussion King

Read "Bill Bruford: In the Court of the Percussion King" reviewed by Mike Brannon

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. A charmed life might be a good way of describing that of Bill Bruford. Always at the center of and driving vastly creative projects, including King Crimson, Yes, Earthworks, Genesis, Bruford, Gong and many other collaborations of like minds, ...

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The Darius Brubeck Quartet: Live In Poland

Read "Live In Poland" reviewed by Chris May

Early on in his career, the pianist Darius Brubeck bowed to the inevitable. Accepting that he was always going to be compared to his father, Dave Brubeck, he both embraced his heritage and sidelined it. In the 1970s, embracing it, he was a member of Two Generations Of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet, groups which ...

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Mauricio de Souza: Five Roads

Read "Five Roads" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If your idea of a great drummer's album is an album full of sonic bombast, do not pick up Five Roads by drummer Maurício de Souza and his ensemble Bossa Brasil. If you love showy drum fills, histrionic drum solos, or volume masquerading as intensity, you'll find none here. Instead, the drummer leads Bossa Brasil down ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband Rocks Piloo Records & Productions LLC 2019 The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

Take Five With Mauricio de Souza

Read "Take Five With Mauricio de Souza" reviewed by Mauricio de Souza

Meet Mauricio de Souza: Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early ...

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Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Timeline

Read "Timeline" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie had gone before him as Eisenhower's jazz ambassadors for America, when pianist Dave Brubeck--along with his sizzling quartet comprising alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene White--set out on their 1958 State Department-sponsored tour. The group gave around 80 official performances across 14 countries, taking in ...

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Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

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Rolling in Rhythm: Philly Joe Jones and Charles Wilcoxon

Read "Rolling in Rhythm: Philly Joe Jones and Charles Wilcoxon" reviewed by Dustin Mallory

Drummer “Philly" Joe Jones is known as one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history, appearing on more than 200 albums. His legacy as a studio drummer appears on seminal classics like John Coltrane's Blue Train, Thelonious Monk's Blues at the Five Spot, Miles Davis's Milestones, and Bud Powell's Time Waits. Beside these recordings, Jones ...


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