Tony Corbiscello Big Band Biography

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.

Corbiscello also played with Bucky Pizzarelli, appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival and played with the New York Pops and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He also led his own big band for dates in his home state, including appearing in Atlantic City, playing concerts and also providing the music for visiting entertainers such as Bob Hope. Corbiscello also played club and hotel engagements in New York City. He died of cancer in 2006.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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