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Joe Morello

An American jazz drummer perhaps best known for his twelve and a half year stint with "The Dave Brubeck Quartet".

He is frequently noted for playing in the unusual time signatures employed by that group in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk".

One of the true great jazz drummers who would play with "The Dave Brubeck Quartet" in Australia and around the world.

Morello suffered from impaired vision since he was born, and devoted himself to indoor activities.

At six years old he began studying the violin, to feature three years later as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and again three years later.

At the of age 15 Morello met the violinist Jascha Heifetz and decided that he would never be able to equal Heifetz's "sound", so switched to drumming.

After moving to New York City, Morello worked with numerous notable jazz musicians.

He would later change to playing drums aged fifteen.

He was to eventually to concentrate on the playing of jazz.

Playing with many top artists even playing "The Grand Ole Opry" backing Hank Garland.

Morello declined invitations to join both Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey's band, favoring a temporary two-month tour with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1955.

Joe is mainly known for the drummer of "The Dave Bruebeck Quartet" during the fifties through to 1968 when the group disbanded.

Local Adelaide entreprenuer Kym Bonython would bring ’The Dave Bruebeck Quartet’ to Australia in the early sixties.

Voted Downbeat Award for best drummer five years in a row.

Elected to Modern Drummer Magazine's Hall of Fame in 1988.

Throughout his career, Morello has appeared on over 120 albums, 60 of which were with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Joe Morello died on March 12, 2011, at his home in Irvington, New Jersey. He was 82 years old. His death was announced on his website, although no cause of death was given.

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