Born Joseph Peter DeRenzo, November 1st 1958 in Orange County, CA.
Fashions his own pair of drumsticks after seeing The Beatles on TV. While his dad's record collection included Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Ray Charles, Joe was drawn to the sounds of the late 60's via album covers. Most notably Jimi Hendrix and Cream. The music from such albums as Are You Experienced? and Disraeli Gears was in stark contrast to the vinyl turning on the home stereo. This juxtaposition of jazz and rock would would be the beginning of his musical influences. After hearing the Chick Corea album ''Light as a Feather'' and the Weather Report masterpiece ''Mysterious Traveller'', Joe began listening to the music of Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock.
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