Joe Ascione, American jazz drummer, Died at 54

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Joe Ascione was born on March 14, 1961, and died on March 11, 2016.

He was an American jazz drummer.

He began playing drums at only age 2.

Joe Ascione parents bought him his first drum set at age 4, and he was playing professionally by the time he was 12.

During his teenage years, Joe was a roadie for Buddy Rich.

Joe Ascione has been on about 70 recordings to date.

He performed, recorded or toured with musicians from the worlds of jazz, rock and pop including Cab Calloway, Donald Fagen, Della Reese, David Grisman, George Coleman, Billy Mitchell, Flip Phillips, Al Hirt, Dr. John, Phoebe Snow, Jon Hendricks, Dick Hyman, Joey DeFrancesco and Herb Ellis.

Joe Ascione passed away at 54 yrs old.

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