Ascione, Joe [Joseph Vincent]
- Gary W. Kennedy
(b New York, March 14, 1961; d Selden, NY, March 11, 2016). American drummer. He began private tuition on drums when he was ten, and later studied at Suffolk College (AAS 1983) and the New York Institute of Technology (BS 1986). From 1986 he worked regularly with Billy Mitchell, and from 1988 he led a number of small groups; these included Travelin’ Light (1992–4), with Frank Vignola and the tuba player Sam Pilafian, the Joe Ascione Project (from 1996), and an octet (from 1997). As a freelance, Ascione worked mostly in a swing or mainstream context, and played on a number of recordings and performed at international festivals and jazz parties.