This new music has been a few years in the making – writing and arranging, selecting the final set list, trialling tunes in front of audiences and rehearsing live and locked away. These last two days Joe and the band took to Systems Two Studios in Brooklyn and laid down the groundwork, before further shaping […]
In February 2017, Joe appeared with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Kenny Washington for a three-concert series in Scotland, presenting the music of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mandel. Under the leadership of saxophonist Tommy Smith, the SNJO has climbed to the top ranks of Jazz orchestras in the world in its 21 year […]
An elegant, hard driving unit comprised of kindred spirits whose joy in music making is palpable from the first note. Joe is teaming up with two of his favourite musicians – star organist Pat Bianchi and legend Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums – for a string of West Coast concerts next month (May 2017).
The title of this tune was too tempting not to find reflection in its final editing, and has eventually received a rather predictable colour treatment. So although they are usually coming in all colours, this one is only “Available in Blue”. The black and white sheet music of this solo vibes piece can be purchased […]
I’m in London, sort of decompressing after a beautiful and intense week with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of something that was so intellectually challenging and so rewarding on the emotional level. This labour of love from Tommy Smith that is the Scottish National Jazz […]
The instrument I play is my vehicle of expression and should enhance not hinder my creativity. The Malletech Omega does just that. It makes me feel like playing. When I step up to it and play a note it responds in a way that makes me feel good. Makes me wanna play another note and another note after that. It’s amazing […]