Joe's music draws on a broad, eclectic background of performance experience spanning 30 years. From small group jazz to swinging big bands, symphony orchestras to avante garde free jazz, Dixieland, funk and rock, Joe has played it all.
His trumpet and fluegl horns resonate with a wide range of styles. Attentive listeners will hear the cool, lean approach of Miles Davis, the bop lyricism of Clifford Brown, the hard bop/funk influence of Freddy Hubbard, and of course, the traditional Dixieland figures of Louie Armstrong.
Joe makes extensive use of classics from the American Song Book and jazz standards for the raw material of his musical canvas. But he makes these classics his own with unique arrangements not heard elsewhere. His 2016 CD, WashAshore, is the most recent example of Joe's creative approach.
A talented composer and arranger, Joe has over 50 compositions to his credit including many original compositions and arrangements. Compositions include standard-sytle ballads, smooth, fusion and hard-bop jazz pieces, contemporary Big Band originals, New Age, Techno and environmental music, orchestral and choral settings and his Elegy for 9/11 - a tribute to those impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
Some of Joe's original Big Band music was featured on the 2009 CD released by the Boston Horns Big Band: Originals Volume 1. This CD includes a solo performance by Joe on his piece Rearview Mirror and guest performances by Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Oscar Stagnaro, members of Paqutio D'Rivera's rhythm section. It is available at www.bostonhorns.com.
Boston-area venues where he has performed include Sculler's Jazz Club, Ryle's, the Berklee Performance Center, The Center for Arts in Natick and the Essex Peabody Museum. On Cape Cod, Joe has appeared at the Harvest Gallery, the Gran Cru Wine Bar, Del Mar, Embargo, Stewarts, The Riverway, Bubala's, the Provincetown Art Association & Museum and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. He has also played classical trumpet in both solo and symphonic settings at various venues on Cape Cod.
Joe received his Master's Degree in music performance from Manhattan School of Music where he was a featured soloist in the Manhattan School Big Band and small group jazz ensembles. While an undergraduate at New York University, he studied jazz performance with Jimmy Giuffre. He also studied arranging with Don Sebesky.