Joe Morello, most known for his drumming with the Dave Brubeck Quartet died yesterday at his home in New Jersey at the age of 82.

Morello was famous for his delicacy, rhythmic acuity, and his execution of the difficult time signatures found in popular Brubeck tunes like “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk”.

Today we pay homage to the jazz great and feature a clip of Morello with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1964, soloing on ‘Sounds of the Loop’. Do you have any stories, videos, or thoughts about Morello? Leave them in the comments below.

Originally posted on on March 13, 2011.

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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