Born: July 17, 1929
Country: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
A brilliant drummer, Joe Morello played early on with Phil Woods and Sal Salvador. He had short stints during 1952-1953 with Johnny Smith, Stan Kenton's Orchestra, and Gil Melle, but really gained a strong reputation for his work with the Marian McPartland Trio (1953-1956); he also played during the period with Tal Farlow and Jimmy Raney. Morello gained fame as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet during 1956-1967, making it possible for Brubeck to experiment with unusual time signatures. Due to his failing eyesight (he went blind in 1976), Morello mostly worked as a drum instructor in later years (Danny Gottlieb was a student), but still played and participated in reunions with Brubeck and McPartland. He led sessions for Score (1956), RCA (1961-1962), Ovation (1969), and DMP (1993-1994). Morello died on March 12, 2011 at his home in Irvington, NJ. He was 82
Books for Percussion
Morello, Joe. Master Studies: Exercises for the Development of Control and Technique. Fairfield, NJ: Modern Drummer Publications Inc., 1986.
Morello, Joe. Master Studies II: More Exercises for the Development of Control and Technique. Fairfield, NJ: Modern Drummer Publications Inc., 2006.
Morello, Joe. New Directions in Rhythm: Studies in 3/4 and 5/4 Jazz. Chicago IL.: Jomor, 1963.
Works for Percussion
- http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/arts/music/joe-morello-drummer-with-dave-brubeck-quartet-dies-at-82.html Accessed March 16, 2015
- PAS.org Accessed March 16, 2015
- http://www.allmusic.com/artist/joe-morello-mn0000207988/biography Accessed March 16, 2015