Drummer, composer & arranger based in New York, Joe Spinelli performs regularly throughout the New York/New Jersey area performing with the Candice Reyes Quintet, Jazz Exchange Band, PJ Rasmussen Big Band, Big Beat Big Band, Alexis Cole, and many others. He has had the pleasure of performing with Rich Perry, Steve LaSpina, Freddie Hendrix, Bucky Pizzarelli, Duane Eubanks, and Scott Archangel. Joe can be seen performing at such venues as Small's, Smoke Jazz Club, 55 Bar, Kitano, Dizzy's, Birdland, Minton's, Tomi Jazz, Bar Next Door, and The City Winery.
While Jazz is his primary focus, Joe especially enjoys Funk, R&B, and Soul because there's no better feeling than sitting in a groove. Modern Jazz is another favorite of Joe's - he believes while keeping the historical and musical elements of jazz very much alive, the band has much more freedom to explore and take risks.
Joe's versatility as a drummer expands into Pit Orchestra as well. He has played several musicals in the New York area. Since 2000, Joe has played such musicals as Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Seussical, Hamilton, Footloose, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Carrie, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Songs for a New World, as well as many others.