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Jeff Tortora


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Jeff Tortora, a New York native, began his career at age 5 in his parent’s basement. As a small child he set up his own “custom” drum kit, fashioned from buckets, metal lunch boxes, and tar cans. As his skill level increased he emerged from the basement to perform with the Syracuse Symphony at the age of 8 and in the all-county/state jazz and concert bands in high school. At the age of 21 he was performing with Joey Belladonna the multi-platinum singer from the band Anthrax and was simultaneously recording albums with Grammy nominated Berkeley professor and guitar virtuosos Joe Stump. Jeff’s skill set has allowed him to play in a myriad of bands ranging from disco to heavy metal performing not only as a drummer but as a writer and lead singer as well. In 1999, Jeff was approached by a casting agent from the Blue Man Group who was quite impressed with his performance as drummer/singer in his band the United Booty Foundation. Of the 600 drummers that auditioned for the BMG Jeff was selected as one of the original cast members for the opening of the BMG show in Las Vegas. As a member of BMG Jeff has had the opportunity to perform on a number of exciting projects to include the recording of BMG CD’s “The Complex”, “Live at the Venetian”, and How to be a Megastar Live!, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard’s DVD charts. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the “How to Be a Megastar version 2.0/2.1 World Tour”, the 2011 pre-game super bowl performance in Dallas, and the largest Brazilian street party known as Carnival featuring the infamous Carlinhos Brown. In addition to his position as cast member with BMG Jeff is involved in many other musical projects in LAS Vegas including drumming for Uberschall (an improvisational band featuring members of BMG and Chris Angel’s live show), Franky Perez of Scars on Broadway on his project FXP, writing and recording for his original hard rock band Shooting Hemlock, pop/rock band Feel, electronic industrial band Means to an end and singing in his metal infused band Tinnitus. Whether behind the kit, or taking on the role of lead singer, Jeff’s chaotic presence and unique style never goes unnoticed. Jeff currently performs with the following artists:

Blue Man Group Jimmy Crespo {Aerosmith/Rod Stewart-Billy Squier

Todd Kerns {Slash/Sin City Sinners

Brent Muscat {Faster pussycat/Sin City Sinners

Franky Perez

Tinnitus

Uberschall

Feel Shooting

Hemlock

Means To and end

Jizzy Pearl

And whatever else comes his way

Jeff has jammed, shared the stage or recorded with the following:
Brian “Head” Welch {Korn
Joey Belladonna {Anthrax
Daron Malakian {System of a down/Scars on Broadway
Sammy Hagar
David Coverdale {Whitesnake
Doug Aldrich {Whitesnake
DJ Ashba {Guns and Roses}
Terry Bozzio
Franki9e Moreno
Paul Shortino {Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot/King Cobra
Marq Torien {Bullet Boys
Sebastian Bach {Skid Row Recycles Percussion
Chris Holmes {W.a.s.p.
Franky Perez {Scars on broadway
Chad Wackerman {Frank Zappa/James
Taylor John Wackerman {Terry Fator/Lindsey Buckingham
Marco Minneman {Adrian Belew
Danny Seraphine {Chicago
Johnny Rabb {Tonya Tucker
Scott Johnson {The Blue Devils
Blas Elias {Slaughter/Blue Man Group
Keith Hubacher {Jersey boys/Frankie Valli
Skip Martin {Kool and the Gang/Dazz Band
Dan Walker {Zowie Bowie
Kyle Kiederling {Bang Tango/Frankie Perez
Frank Klepacki {Sly and the Family Stone
Brent Fitz {Slash
Lez Warner {The Cult
Mike Szuter {Paul Gilbert
Craig Martini {Colin Hay
Brian Troch {Cyclone Temple Otherwise
Tracy Bonham
Carlinhos Brown
Jimmy Gnecco {Ours The Syracuse Symphony
Among many others, as well as countless tv/radio and magazine inter views and an all-star jam at the 2009 HBO Emmys after party in downtown LA. Jeff also performed at the Vegas Rock Magazine awards in August of 2012 at the Joint inside the Hard rock hotel in Vegas with the Sin City Sinners who were the house band which aired live on AXS tv to millions of views and Monday September 13th and rebroadcast on September 26th 2012 Jeff, drummer friends from Blue Man Group and his improve band Uberschall performed on Dw’s Drum Channel live with Terry Bozzio




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