Tony Corbiscello Big Band
Anthony Corbiscello, 1 September 1952, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, d. 15 January 2006, Harrington Park, New Jersey, USA. Raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Corbiscello first played drums in a marching band, then played in pop groups but, inspired by star drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, he turned to jazz. He studied music with trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin who in turn directed him to Sonny Igoe, former drummer with Benny Goodman (1948-49) and Woody Herman (1950-52), who had become a highly regarded teacher in New Jersey. Following graduation from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Corbiscello played drums with several jazz groups, mostly in and around New Jersey and New York, in particular with guitarist John Pizzarelli with whom he played in the early 90s. Most of the engagements with Pizzarelli were in small groups, but he was also in a big band the guitarist assembled to back Frank Sinatra at concerts in 1992 and which also included bass player Martin Pizzarelli.