Basic Background Info

Birth: June 15, 1976
Location: Unknown
Band: The Bjorkestra, The Identity Crisis, The Sean Nowell Quintet, Tommy and CJ Ramone, The Joe Abba Jazz Project, Monatomic, Jessica Simpson
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Educator


Joe Abbatantuono found his passion for drumming at the age of ten. Beginning in 1988, Joe Abbatantuono took private lessons from Lou Varuzzo, but he did not want his musical education to stop there. In high school, Joe Abbatantuono involved himself in all manner of musical activities like wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, marching band, and jazz band. Joe Abbatantuono dedicated his summers to the study of music as well and attended New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) summer programs five years in a row. Through the various programs, Joe Abbatantuono was able to learn at the feet of the Philadelphia Orchestra percussionists as well as Ed Shaughnessy, Frank Mantooth, and Milt Hinton. Under the tutelage of these great musicians, Joe Abbatantuono grew certain he wanted to dedicate his life to music.

Following high school graduation, Joe Abbatantuono attended The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, earned a B.M. in Music Education, and completed the Master of Arts program at New York University in 2000.

Professionally, as a performer Joe Abbatantuono refused to limit himself to just jazz. He has a recurring gig as Jessica Simpson's drummer, he has his own New York based rock & roll group called Collider, and he plays in the Thelonious Monk tribute band called the Brilliant Coroners. As a session recording artist, Joe Abbatantuono has worked with Tommy and CJ Ramone, Ted Nash, Mike Richmond, and most recently, he has drummed in the critically-acclaimed Bjˆrkestra, which performs big band renditions of songs by Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjˆrk.

Finally, Joe Abbatantuono is a teacher and enjoys giving private lessons, clinics, and master classes across New York State. He is employed by the Paul Effman Music Service and maintains a regular teaching schedule throughout the year.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2006 FireWerks Sean Nowell Quintet
2005 Monatomic Monatomic
2004 I Can't Make It On Time single The Congregation Of Vapors
2004 Sunday Girl Sunday Girl
2003 Galileo: The Emotional Life of a Spacecraft, A Rock Opera Redshift Productions
2002 WCYF Collider
2002 Live at The Infrared Lounge Sean Nowell + 4
2001 Living It Down Rob Paravonian
2001 Live Coppersonic
2000 Directions The Joe Abbatantuono Quartet
2000 In the Near 2000óLive Near
2000 Works for Jazz Orchestra NYU Concert Jazz Ensemble


  • Joe states on his website that he will ONLY play on Yamaha drums and Sabian cymbals.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Sabian

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