I’m sad to say that Joe passed away this year, the day before Easter. He was 85 years old and lived a full life. Many people reached out during the services and the weeks after to let his family know how much they loved him, how much they miss him, and how much of an impact he had on… Read More In Memoriam
I had the privilege of giving a eulogy at Joe’s funeral this year. Here’s what I said, which I think is a good representation of what he meant, not only to me as my father, but to others as a mentor, colleague, and friend… I think about him when I see the water (ocean or… Read More Eulogy
Here’s a wonderful memorial to Joe from his son-in-law, Keith O’Quinn–one of the best trombone players in the world and someone who knew Joe better than most…
Joe spent many years playing with the Duke Pearson big band, which was a veritable who’s who of late 1960s jazz: Bobby Cranshaw, Mickey Roker, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Burt Collins, Pepper Adams, Benny Powell, Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Garnett Brown, Jerry Dodgion. Joe played solo on Time After Time and hit an unbelievably high… Read More Time After Time
Joe spent a number of years playing at the Dockside restaurant in Tarrytown, NY with lots of great young players. Here’s a vintage live track from that era.
Here’s Joe playing lead with the Honey Drippers, Robert Plant’s post Zeppelin throwback band.
Joe was a busy session player in NY in the 1970s, so he appeared on lots of pop and disco tracks. Here’s a classic from Vicki Sue Robinson with Joe playing lead.
Bobby Cranshaw was one of the greats, and a close friend of our family. He passed recently, but his music will live on. Here’s a wonderful video of him with Sonny Rollins in 2008 that shows how he was always innovating. He was one of the first legit jazz players to use a Fender electric… Read More Bobby Cranshaw – RIP
This 1969 live recording of the Duke Pearson big band is amazing. Here’s another track from it with Joe on lead trumpet: Hi Fly.
Here’s a great track with Joe playing lead with the Duke Pearson big band. Tones for Jones Bones–a classic.
Here’s some classic lead trumpet playing by Joe with the legendary Dave Matthews big band.