Joe Porcaro (April 29, 1930 – July 6, 2020) was an American jazz drummer.


Personal life

The Porcaro family is, on the paternal side, originally from San Luca, an Aspromonte village in the province of Reggio Calabria. Joe Porcaro, a well-known jazz drummer and percussionist, born in Hartford, capital of Connecticut (USA) to Mike, an Italian immigrant from San Luca, Calabria, and a mother from Caserta, Campania. The couple had moved to the US in the early twentieth century. Grandfather Mike was himself a percussionist who played with numerous Italian bands based in the U.S., and it is with him that the family musical tradition began, passed on to his son Joe and then to his three famous grandchildren. His three sons were in the rock band Toto: drummer Jeff (1954–1992); bassist Mike (1955–2015); and keyboardist Steve (b. 1957), who still is a session musician and programmer. Joe contributed additional percussion to every Toto album from ''Turn Back'' through ''Kingdom of Desire''. He also has a daughter, Joleen Porcaro Duddy (actress and designer), whose children, Chase and Paige Duddy, formed the electronic duo XYLO.


Porcaro recorded with Natalie Cole, Don Ellis, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Gladys Knight, Madonna, The Monkees, Gerry Mulligan, Pink Floyd, Howard Roberts, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughan. He performed film scores with James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell and his son Steve Porcaro. With educator and drummer Ralph Humphrey, he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena, California, which is now called the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM). Porcaro led a group with Emil Richards, a native of Hartford who played vibraphone and collected percussion instruments from around the world. He died, aged 90, on July 6, 2020."Toto: morto Joe Porcaro", ''Metalpit.it'', July 7, 2020


As leader

* 2002 ''Better Off Back Then''

As sideman

With Rosemary Clooney * 1992 ''Girl Singer'' * 1994 ''Still on the Road'' * 1995 ''Demi-Centennial'' * 1996 ''Dedicated to Nelson'' * 1997 ''Mothers & Daughters'' * 2002 ''Out of This World'' With Lalo Schifrin * ''The Fox'' (MGM, 1968) * ''There's a Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On'' (Dot, 1968) * ''Kelly's Heroes'' (MGM, 1970) * ''Rock Requiem'' (Verve, 1971) * ''Enter the Dragon'' (Warner Bros., 1973) With Toto * 1981 ''Turn Back'' * 1982 ''Toto IV'' * 1984 ''Isolation'' * 1986 ''Fahrenheit'' * 1988 ''The Seventh One'' * 1992 ''Kingdom of Desire'' With others * 1962 ''Blues on the Other Side'', Mike Mainieri (Argo) * 1967 ''Sugar'', Nancy Sinatra * 1968 ''California Soul'', Gerald Wilson * 1969 ''Instant Replay'', The Monkees * 1970 ''The American Dream'', Emitt Rhodes * 1971 ''Electronic Progress'', Harvey Mandel * 1971 ''The Age of Steam'', Gerry Mulligan * 1974 ''150 MPH'', Louie Bellson * 1975 ''Home Plate'', Bonnie Raitt * 1975 ''Mirrors'', Peggy Lee * 1975 ''Touch'', John Klemmer * 1976 ''Barefoot Ballet'', John Klemmer * 1976 ''Silk Degrees'', Boz Scaggs * 1977 ''Southern Nights'', Glen Campbell * 1977 ''Making a Good Thing Better'', Olivia Newton-John * 1978 ''Change of Heart'', Eric Carmen * 1978 ''Cheryl Lynn'', Cheryl Lynn * 1979 ''Raw Silk'', Randy Crawford * 1979 ''Yvonne'', Yvonne Elliman * 1979 ''Headlines'', Paul Anka * 1979 ''Children of the World'', Stan Getz * 1981 ''Big Mouth'', Milt Jackson * 1981 ''Messina'', Jim Messina * 1981 ''Songs of The Beatles'', Sarah Vaughan * 1981 ''Rit'', Lee Ritenour * 1982 ''Donna Summer'', Donna Summer * 1982 ''Ride Like the Wind'', Freddie Hubbard * 1984 ''Emotion'', Barbra Streisand * 1987 ''Freedom at Midnight'', David Benoit * 1988 ''Reunion'', Mel Tormé * 1989 ''Like a Prayer'', Madonna * 1992 ''Brasileiro'', Sergio Mendes * 1993 ''Devotion'', Warren Hill * 1993 ''When My Heart Finds Christmas'', Harry Connick Jr. * 1993 ''Windows'', Roger Kellaway * 1994 ''Dreams in Motion'', Felix Cavaliere * 1994 ''Richard Marx'', Richard Marx * 1996 ''Luntana'', Emil Richards * 1996 ''Organic'', Joe Cocker * 1997 ''Conspiracy Theory'', Carter Burwell * 1997 ''Tribute to Jeff Porcaro'', David Garfield * 2005 ''Christmas Songs'', Diana Krall


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