As a lead guitarist, experienced in many genres of music, Inspirational Gospel Jazz music, has become the focus and the passion. Years as a studio musician, performing artist and composer, has led to relocating to Los Angeles from Cleveland Ohio.
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A little About Joe....
My passion for guitar was recognized early in life. My dad bought my first electric guitar on my 12th birthday. After that, my guitar and me were inseparable. I played my first gig in a club at the age of 15. After touring with a rock band at the age of 18, I decided to go to college to study graphic design and marketing. While working as an illustrator and design artist, I was asked by a friend to record on a project in Detroit where I met a world renowned saxaphonist, who intoduced me to some great opportunities as a lead guitarist with a variety of nationally known artists. I've also been a studio musician for over 24 years and appear on numerous recordings. After closing a sign business in Cleveland, Ohio, I decided to move to Los Angeles in the fall of 2005, where I'm currently writing and producing jazz and gospel projects. My desire is to get into film scoring and music production for TV.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.