Artie Cabral

Jazz, Music Educator

Coming soon…

Members of the Historical Archive Committee of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame are researching and documenting the career of this great Ocean State musician. When work is completed, we will be posting an in-depth biography and complete discography on this page. In the meantime, please enjoy this introduction to Artie’s career and a mini-documentary about his induction into the Hall of Fame produced and directed by our friends Norm Grant and Dr. Tom Shaker at Pete & Buster Films.

by Rick Bellaire

Born in Providence in 1940, Artie Cabral is a world-renowned jazz drummer and a dedicated music educator. He began his career in 1956 and spent two decades touring the world with a host of jazz masters including Stan Kenton, Junior Mance, Dakota Staton and Mel Torme. In 1969, he joined Woody Herman’s Seventh (and final) Herd which included backing R&B great Dionne Warwick. Along with bassist Bob Petteruti, he was a member of pianist Mike Renzi’s trio which served as the house band at the Kings & Queens in Pawtucket in the 1960s and Allary in Providence in the 1970s backing the guest artists including Blossom Dearie, Mose Allison, Johnny Hartman and Phil Woods. His discography includes recordings with Ben Webster, Carol Sloane, Charlie Mariano, Toshiko Akioshi, Gray Sargent, Greg Abate and Herb Pomeroy. He holds a BA from Berklee and has taught in the Pawtucket Public School System, served on the faculty of Berklee and the Rhode Island School of Music, founded the R.I. School of Performing Music with trombonist Hal Crook, and, in private instruction, has mentored dozens of New England’s finest drummers. From 1988 to 2017, he served as President of the Providence Federation of Musicians.