Jazz drummer Joe Morello dies at 82

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Jazz drummer Joe Morello has died. He was 82.

The drummer best known for his work with The Dave Brubeck Quartet in the 1950s and 60s was announced dead on Saturday on his website joemorello.net. He died at his U.S. home in Irvington, New Jersey according to New York Times. No cause of death was given.

A message on his site says, “His impact on the world of music and on all those whose lives he touched will live forever.”

Morello, started his musical life learning the violin according to his online biography, but after hearing his idol Jascha Heifetz play, Morello decided to play drums because he would never meet his standards.

before taking up with The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1995, Morello played everything from weddings to military marches.

During which Morello proved his ability to handle the difficult meters favored by Brubeck, that turned into a collaboration lasting more than 12 years.

According to New York Times, those included “Take Five, a composition in 5/4 which became one of the most successful singles in jazz music

 

 

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