Joe Tomino attended Cleveland State University, studying classical percussion with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. He also studied composition and jazz performance at the New England Conservatory. Since relocating to New York in 2000, Joe has had the opportunity to play, tour, and record with The Fugees, Mike Patton, Wyclef Jean, Matisyahu, Leela James, Rahzel, Del Amitri, Lauren Hill, Simply Red, Ying Yang Twins, Maxi Priest, Wayne Krantz, Meshell Ndegeocello, and others. He has written, produced and played for producers/songwriters David Khane (Sublime, Regina Spektor), Gordon Williams (Lauren Hill, Santana), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Warren Riker (Michael Jackson, Fugees), Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed), Jamie Segal (Taking Back Sunday, Lauren Hill), Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty), Rob Fusari (Destiny’s Child, Will Smith), and more. Currently, Tomino spends several months each year touring with his dub-metal project, Dub Trio.
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BORN IN: Cleveland, OH
LIVES IN: Cleveland, OH
DRUMMING SINCE: 1987
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT: Dub Trio, Matisyahu
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Tony Williams, Jay Bellerose, Terry Bozzio, Sly Dunbar, John Cage, Mark Rothko
FAVOURITE ALBUM PLAYED ON: “Another Sound is Dying”, Dub Trio; “Find”, Birth
FAVOURITE ALBUM DIDN’T PLAY ON: “Highlights from the Plugged Nickel”, Miles Davis; “King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown”, Augustus Pablo; “The Best Of”, Missing Persons; “Obzen”, Meshuggah
CAREER HIGHLIGHT(S): Playing 2010 Winter Olympics, Madison Square Garden and American Music Awards.
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: Saturation Crash and Memphis Ride.