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03/13/2011

Brubeck quartet drummer Joe Morello dies at 82

March 13, 2011 | 11:19 am

 

Joe Morello, who as part of the Dave Brubeck Quartet became one of the most famous drummers in jazz, has died. He was 82.

Morello died Saturday at his home in northern New Jersey, family members said. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Morello was a member of Brubeck's group for more than 12 years and was featured on such jazz classics as "Take Five," seen in this video.

Morello also played with many leading jazz musicians over the years, including pianist Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio in the early '50s.

After Brubeck disbanded the quartet in 1968, Morello turned to teaching and writing instructional books.

His news obituary can be found here.

-- Associated Press

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