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Joe Abbatantuono was born in the Bronx, NY and grew up in Wappinger Falls. He began playing drums in school in the fourth grade and studied privately with countless drummers and percussionists, including John Riley, Tony Moreno, Adam Nussbaum, Ed Shaughnessy, Jim Petercsak, Rick Barbour, Joe Morello, and others. With a B.M. in Music Education (Crane School of Music) and an M.A. in Jazz Performance (New York University), Joe has paved his musical path with musicians of all styles of music for years. He has performed on national and international TV performances, including MTV's Spring Break, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Apprentice, Nightline, famed NYC rock and jazz clubs, theaters such as Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, and plenty of NYC dive bars. Performances/Collaborations include: The Bjorkestra, The Identity Crisis, The Sean Nowell Quintet, Tommy and CJ Ramone, Travis Sullivan, Donny McCaslin, The Joe Abba Jazz Project, Monatomic, Jed Davis, Dennis Mitcheltree, Alexis Cuadrado, Wayne Batchelor, Matt Clohesy, Collider, Jerry Jemmott, Jon Cowherd, Edmar Castaneda, George Dulin, Sheldon Low, Dave Kain, Francois Moutin, Rez Abassi, Alan Ferber, Benny Reitveld, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jessica Simpson. Joe Abba is a professional musician, clinician, as well as a music educator of all ages, from grade school through adults.