Joe Morello

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Drumming’s Biggest Names To Play LIVE Tribute to Their Big Band Heroes

Seven All-Star Drummers Including Peter Erskine, Dennis Chambers, Russ Miller and Steve Smith will Perform October 20 and 21 HITKOR ( today announced its first-ever charity event which will take place over two days in mid-October. “A Salute to the…

Modern Drummer
Oct 13, 2022

Time OutTakes: Newly Discovered Tracks from Dave Brubeck Classic to Feature Unreleased Joe Morello Performances

Brubeck Editions has announced the December 4, 2020, release of Time OutTakes, the label’s inaugural release, timed to celebrate Dave Brubeck’s centennial. The release features recently discovered outtakes from the historic 1959 Time Out sessions by the Dave Brubeck Quartet,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2020

On The Beat with Gerry Polci of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and the Hit Men: What’s Up After All These Years

Hello MD Drummers! My name is Gerry Polci. I have been playing professionally for more than fifty years, yes, fifty years, and I’m happy to say I still love what I do and love to share my acquired skills with…

Modern Drummer
Feb 1, 2018

On the Beat With David Frangioni: Inspired by Carl Palmer

Hello Modern Drummer readers, fellow drummers, and music lovers. My name is David Frangioni and I’ve been playing the drums since I was two years old. Doing the math, that gives me about forty-five plus years of drum time. As…

Modern Drummer
Jun 15, 2016

Greg Burrows

Hi, Greg Burrows here. I’m honored to write a blog for Modern Drummer magazine, a publication I’ve been reading since the very first issue, which came out when I was in my early teens. There have been hundreds of articles…

Modern Drummer
Jun 24, 2011

Joe Morello: 1928–2011

No one has done more to reveal the inner science and outer beauty of odd time signatures than the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s beloved drummer. Friend and student Steve Fidyk created this fitting musical tribute. Click here to view the complete transcription…

Modern Drummer
May 17, 2011

Steve Fidyk’s Tribute to Joe Morello

May 2011 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Rudimental Jazz Revisited by Steve Fidyk Army Blues drummer and MD contributor Steve Fidyk plays a 5/4 drum solo dedicated to his longtime teacher, Joe Morello. See Fidyk’s two-part educational column based on Morello’s recently…

Modern Drummer
Mar 16, 2011

Joe Morello: Changing The Way We Think About Time

In his classic book The Great Jazz Drummers, Modern Drummer founder Ron Spagnardi said, “Throughout his storied career, Joe Morello displayed a rare combination of drumming talents. He revealed an exceptional sense of swing and finesse combined with astounding technical ability. Along with…

Modern Drummer
Mar 14, 2011

John Riley : Master Player/Master Teacher

John Riley, one of the most respected drummer/educators of the past thirty years, was born in 1954, and began playing drums at the age of eight. At twelve Riley began playing in rock bands and was first exposed to jazz…

Modern Drummer
Nov 2, 2010

Joe Morello: Rudimental Jazz

(November 2010 Issue) Revealing why rudiments remain relevant in the modern age—and how they can be applied in a limitless variety of contemporary situations—Rudimental Jazz by legendary drummer, teacher, and author Joe Morello is designed to help drummers develop their…

Modern Drummer
Sep 27, 2010

Gloria Gaynor’s Swiss Chris

Hello, MD! I am currently doing spot dates in North and South America with Gloria Gaynor. I’m also playing drums for this great group Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew. Check these guys out; they’re great artists with a message.…

Modern Drummer
Nov 5, 2009

Joe Morello: Revisiting A Master

  By John Riley In the '50s and '60s, jazz groups had plenty of work. Most would do location gigs of two to nine weeks in a club before they would move to the next club in another city. This…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2006