Joe Porcaro (born April 29, 1930) is an American jazz drummer.

Joe Porcaro
Born (1930-04-29) April 29, 1930 (age 89)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
  • Drums
  • percussion
Associated actsToto

Porcaro has recorded with 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).

His three sons were in the rock band Toto: drummer Jeff Porcaro (1954–1992), bassist Mike Porcaro (1955–2015), and keyboardist Steve Porcaro (b. 1957). Joe appeared on every Toto album from Turn Back through Kingdom of Desire, including Toto IV. He has a daughter, Joleen Porcaro Duddy, 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.[1]


As leaderEdit

  • 2002 Better Off Back Then

As sidemanEdit

With Rosemary Clooney

  • 1992 Girl Singer
  • 1993 Still on the Road
  • 1995 Demi-Centennial
  • 1996 Dedicated to Nelson
  • 1997 Mothers & Daughters
  • 2002 Out of This World

With Lalo Schifrin

With Toto

  • 1981 Turn Back
  • 1982 Toto IV
  • 1986 Fahrenheit
  • 1988 The Seventh One
  • 1992 Kingdom of Desire

With others


  1. ^ Mattingly, Rich. "Emil Richards". Percussive Arts Society. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Joe Porcaro | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2017.

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