A diverse musician, Joe is experienced playing a multitude of styles including funk, jazz, blues, rock, country and everything in-between. He is a regular performer throughout NYC, performing at venues such as Small’s, Smoke, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Birdland, Kitano, and Minton’s. Joe is also an active recording artist, as well as a drum instructor.
Joe’s musical journey began when he received a beginner drum set at just 4 years old, and began studying at that young age with TJ Tomlin. Starting lessons so young provided Joe with early exposure to the fundamentals of jazz and big band. Still young, with the help of his parents and TJ, Joe sought out any musical experiences he could get involved in from elementary school through high school, which included drumming for school bands, plays, theater groups and experimenting with different musical genres with friends.
Upon graduating high school Joe knew he wanted to pursue a musical performance degree. While granted a scholarship to The New School in NYC, he recognized that there was more fundamental work/learning he wanted to gain in a more intimate setting, so he chose to attend a local community college to take some fundamental music courses including music theory and jazz history. This decision shaped the path for Joe’s education after he met Scott Drewes, the drummer for the West Point Jazz Knights. Scott recognized Joe’s talents and suggested he pursue further musical training. Scott encouraged Joe to attend an upcoming Jazz Knights performance at William Paterson University, whose lead vocalist was a WPU alum. It was during that visit, that Joe knew WPU was where he wanted to pursue his degree.
He attended WPU the next fall and graduated in 2014 with his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies & Performance. While there he studied with Mulgrew Miller, Scott Drewes, Steve LaSpina, John Mosca., and many more. While working on his undergrad in Jazz Performance, an interest in composition and arranging was sparked. He applied to WPU for his masters and was awarded a full scholarship. He graduated in 2016 with his Master’s degree in Arranging/Composition, where he studied with Jim McNeely, Cecil Bridgewater, Pete McGuinness and Bill Charlap.
Throughout his years at WPU Joe was awarded the seat in the WPU Jazz Big Band for 4 years. During those years he had the honor of performing with such greats such as Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Steve Nelson, and Jerry Dodgion.