Joe Porcaro

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Joe Porcaro
Birth name Joseph Porcaro
Born (1930-04-29) April 29, 1930 (age 87)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, educator
Instruments Drums, percussion
Associated acts Toto, Steve Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro

Joseph (Joe) Porcaro (born April 29, 1930 in Hartford, Connecticut, currently residing in Los Angeles, California) is an American jazz drummer, percussionist and educator. His Italian-American heritage has its roots in San Luca in Calabria.

His three sons were all musicians in the band Toto: drummer Jeff Porcaro (1954–92), bassist Mike Porcaro (1955-2015), and keyboardist Steve Porcaro (b.1957). He also has a daughter, Joleen Porcaro Duddy, whose children, Chase and Paige Duddy, formed their electronic duo XYLO. Joe guested on every Toto album from Turn Back through Kingdom of Desire, including Toto IV. Along with fellow music educator and drummer, Ralph Humphrey, Joe was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) located in Pasadena, California.

Porcaro has recorded with Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Sarah Vaughan, Natalie Cole, The Monkees, Howard Roberts, Gladys Knight and Madonna. He has also done film score work, including with James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell and his son Steve.


With Stan Getz

With Lalo Schifrin

With Gerald Wilson

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