What a trip!!!
Had a great adventure playing in Denver for the very first time. I played 5 gigs in 3 days (one in Breckenridge), appeared on the Lewis and Floorwax show Fox 103.5 and taught a drum lesson.
It was nice to meet some many great people who greeted me with open arms. There are some plans to play some festival gigs there this summer and maybe even do a recording.
One of the highlights was getting to perform with the great Kenny Passarelli on bass during “Rocky Mountain Way” at the Grizzly Rock warming up for Brian Howe of Bad Company. What a night!!!
Thanks to Rick Lewis for making it all happen…
Also thanks to Steve Crenshaw, Brian Hornbuckle, Jeff Andrews, Dave Fox, Tim Kae, Kenny Hoffman, Joe Sellars, Eef Guitaar and everyone that I might have forgotten 😉
Joe was born in New York State and moved to The Big Apple after graduating college with a music performance degree.
During the early years of Joe’s career in NYC, he performed in various groups with some of the best jazz musicians in the world. He has performed with bassist Ben Wolfe, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, saxophonist Jerry Weldon, trumpeter Tom Harrell and pianist Joel Weiskopf to name a few. When not touring, Harry Connick Jr. and musicians from his band would sit in with Joe’s jazz quartet.
In addition to Joe’s jazz chops, he is an accomplished rock, blues, funk and pop drummer who spent many years recording and touring the east coast music scene and regularly performed at national festivals.
In 2004, Joe left NY for the southwest in search of warmer weather, new industry connections and more opportunities to tour and record. His pocket groove, stylistic approach and the depth & breadth of his musical knowledge, was greeted with open arms.
Joe stays busy with a heavy regional live performance schedule, touring to other parts of the country, recording drum/percussion tracks for various artists and giving back through his clinics. In addition to his time spent behind the kit, Joe runs JC Productions, which books music for a variety of venues and bands.
When in Arizona, Joe often performs with well-known organist Papa John DeFrancesco. Joe has also performed with Joey DeFrancesco, Johnny DeFrancesco and Francine Reed.