Jody Cortez has quite the early beginnings of drumming, having grown up alongside the Porcaro family. By the age of 21, he began his professional career by touring the world with and ultimately becoming the stateside musical director for Boz Scaggs (1981-83). He was in high demand around the Los Angeles area by referral, and began to carve out a niche of studio drumming and producing live events. In 1984 he began touring with both Brenda Russell and T.J. Parker, and still tours with Russell today. He went on to play for Cinderella, replacing drummer Jim Drnec, and recorded Night Songs.
In 1989 Jody began touring the world with David Crosby (through 1995). But in 1994 he went on the road for the 25th Anniversary Tour of Crosby, Stills & Nash after playing on the live version of the hit single “Hero” by Crosby and Phil Collins. The tour included a performance at Woodstock 2. Also in 1989-90, he recorded with The Jacksons, and was in the studio with Pat Leonard, Five T’s with Michael Blum (Madonna), Billy Sherwood (Yes) and Jimmy Haun of Yoso, Cinderella, Steve Lukather, John Fogerty, Foreigner, Brenda Russell, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Mike Finnigan and more.
From 1990 through 2001 he toured with Christopher Cross.
He actively participates in charity functions and began this by performing with Billy Idol and Steve Lukather with the Porcaro Brothers for St. Francis benefit concerts in 2000 through 2004.
2010 saw Jody Cortez performing with Yoso, and he put together an all-star band including Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood (Yes) and Bobby Kimball (Toto) to perform at Frankfurt Musikmesse.
- William MacGregor, Welcome to the Carnival 2007
- Cinderella – Gold 2006
- Judy Henske – She Sang California 2005
- Cinderella – Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits 2005
- David Crosby – Greatest Hits Live 2003
- David Crosby – From the Front Row Live 2003
- Chicago – The Box (Bonus DVD) 2003
- Lisa Ono – Serenata Carioca 2000
- Tony Gilkyson – Sparko 2000
- Christopher Cross – Greatest Hits Live 1999
- Paul Williams – Back to Love Again 1999
- Mark Hayes – Transmitter 1999
- Marcos Valle – Marcos Valle Songbook, Vol. 2 1998
- Patricia Kaas – Dans ma chair 1997
- Tania Alves – Amores E Boleros, Vol. 2 1996
- Tamara Champlin – You Won’t Get to Heaven Alive 1996
- Michael Blake – End of the Century 1996
- Christopher Cross – Window 1995
- Oriental Spas – Pain 1995
- David Crosby – It’s All Coming Back to Me Now… 1995
- Crosby, Stills & Nash – After the Storm 1994
- Keith Chagall – Angels on the Faultline 1994
- Christopher Cross – Rendezvous 1993
- Louie Louie – Let’s Get Started 1993
- Various Artists – A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2 1992
- Sam Kinison – Leader of the Banned 1990
- Christopher Williams – Adventures in Paradise 1989
- Various Artists – Rock, Rhythm & Blues 1989
- Various Artists – Playlist Plus: Very Special Christmas 1989
- Peter Cetera – One More Story 1988
- Nick Kamen w/Madonna – Us 1988
- Phil Christian – No Prisoner 1988
- Julie Brown – Trapped in the Body of a White Girl 1987
- Cinderella – Night Songs 1986
- Stephan Crane – Kicks 1984
- Stone Fury – Burns Like a Star 1984
- Louise Goffin – Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982
He has also recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Julie Brown, Debbie Gibson, Jody Watley, David Gilmore (Pink Floyd), Boz Scaggs, Chicago, David Crosby, Crosby, Stills & Nash (Woodstock 94 and Studio CD “Only Waiting for you”). He played drums and coordinated the studio musicians for Paul McCartney, Phil Collins (RAADD produced by Paul Rothschild). And was the studio drummer for Ken Topolsky (Producer Paramount Pictures), re-recording and rewriting soundtracks for overseas distribution as well as music for TV show themes and major releases like Top Gun and Witness.
Currently Jody is the president of a production team, coordinating music for television and live events and as well as currently writing music themes and treatments for television. He is also available for lessons. You can contact him by emailing DSTV through our contact page.