Popular Ameriacn Jazz drummer Joe Porcaro is dead.

Joe who was born on April 29, 1930 died yesterday July 6, 2020 at his hometown at the age of 90. He was an American popular jazz drummer who made waves during his time.

The news of his death was shared on Facebook by Nigel Glocker where he said :

“I’m so sorry to hear the news about Joe Porcaro.
A lovely gentleman, I was lucky enough to meet him and have a long chat at NAMM one year, at an event one of our endorsers held.”

The news was also confirmed by his son Steve Porcaro on his official Facebook page:

“The Porcaro Family is heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Patriarch, Joe Porcaro. Surrounded by his wife Eileen and his family, Joe passed peacefully in his sleep on July 6 at 11:37 PM
Please allow a few days before reaching out with phone calls and texts. Given the enormous amount of people who Joe considered family and whose lives Joe has impacted, it would be overwhelming to respond just now. Please know that we so appreciate your love, thoughts, friendship and can’t wait to celebrate his amazing life with all of you.”

Although nothing has been said about the cause of Joe Porcaro’s death yet.

Joe Prcaro’s Brief Bio & Career

Joe Porcaro during his live performances as a professional drummer  made alot of recorded works with notable legends in the world of Jazz music some of them like: 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 has done 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).

Father Joe Porcaro posing with his children Jeff, Mike, Steve, and Joleen

Joe had three sons who were into the rock band Toto: drummer Jeff Porcaro (1954–1992), bassist Mike Porcaro (1955–2015), and keyboardist Steve Porcaro (b. 1957), who still is a session musician and programmer.

He has appeared on every Toto album from Turn Back through Kingdom of Desire, including Toto IV. He has a daughter, Joleen Porcaro Duddy, (Actress and Designer), whose children, Chase and Paige Duddy, formed the electronic duo XYLO.

Porcaro has led a group with Emil Richards, a native of Hartford who plays vibraphone and collects percussion instruments from around the world.

When Joe Porcaro was 48 year old he was responsible for a lot of the percussion recorded for such TV series’ as, The Bionic Woman, Baretta, The Six Million Dollar Man and Wonder Woman, to name a few.

That time his 24 year old son Jeff Porcaro was activly involved as a studio drummer with an astounding list of credits, considering his youthful age. Jeff has worked with pop-rock artists Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, Sonny and Cher, and Barbra Streisand. He is also currently co-leading a band with keyboard player David Paich. The group is called Toto, and it’s projected to be one of the hottest recording groups ever.

Tributes Floods For The Late American Jazz Drummer Joe Porcaro

From Steve Porcaro His son:

“The Porcaro Family is heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Patriarch, Joe Porcaro. Surrounded by his wife Eileen and his family, Joe passed peacefully in his sleep on July 6 at 11:37 PM
Please allow a few days before reaching out with phone calls and texts. Given the enormous amount of people who Joe considered family and whose lives Joe has impacted, it would be overwhelming to respond just now. Please know that we so appreciate your love, thoughts, friendship and can’t wait to celebrate his amazing life with all of you.”

From Izumi Hamaguchi:

“Devasted to hear of the passing of the legend, Mr. Joe Porcaro…Don’t have words…My deepest condolences to the Porcaro Family…”

From Toto Fans Worldwide:

“Yesterday we lost a jazz drumming legend and the father of The Porcaro clan Joe Porcaro. RIP, sending love and suppport the remaining Porcaro family and all friends and family associated with TOTO and the Porcaro family”

From Flo Winter:

“Rest in peace Mr. Joe Porcaro. It was a great honor to meet you and your Family in L.A. My thoughts are with family and friends. My deepest condolencesRest in peace Mr. Joe Porcaro. It was a great honor to meet you and your Family in L.A. My thoughts are with family and friends. My deepest condolences”