Joe Porcaro is an enigma in the most positive sense.  He is regarded as one of the best jazz drummers in modern times, a driving force in the area of musical education, and, he is also the patriarch to one of the most renowned musical families in history which spawned the brothers Porcaro (Mike, Jeff, and Steve).  So, why the enigma?  Why the mystery? Because, if anyone could pull rank (so to speak) and get away with it, “Joe P.” can or could. Yet, if you spend any time at all with Joe you quickly realize that he’s not like that. Joe is in fact the exact opposite; he is the first to offer a helping hand as well as provide needed advice.  In fact, despite his great accomplishments, his brilliant career and, his stature in the music business, Joe P. is just simply a really nice–and approachable–guy. What Joe possesses in class, dignity, and respect, he lacks in arrogance, entitlement and pretentiousness.   That explains why he is genuinely one of the more beloved artists in the industry.

That would also explain why we chose to talk with Joe P. and do a feature on Joe’s career.  A career that was a great one in and of itself and in and apart from the daunting success achieved by his three sons. Yes, the brothers Porcaro–in their own right–have accomplished so much.  However, before the three brothers there was a determined and talented young man by the name of Joe Porcaro.  That young man hailed from the State of Connecticut and he then made the courageous move to California that resulted in the paying of historic dividends for both Joe P. and his three boys as well as the entire Porcaro family.

In our upcoming feature, we’ll talk to Joe about his career from the beginning all the way up to his recent trek to Tokyo for some memorable performances at The Cotton Club. We’ll also hear from Joe about his thoughts on the music industry and his family as well as some of the events that helped shape Joe’s career path. Not surprisingly, Joe has a lot to say along with the telling of some great stories.  We think it’s well worth the trip.  Therefore, please look for our upcoming feature on the Jazz Master and his magnificent career.  Despite the old saying, in this case the nice guy didn’t finish last.


Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor




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