on a steady diet of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Vale, et
al; Joe's parents' music was all he heard until that fateful day
when "The Immigrant Song" snapped his head back as he
exclaimed, "What is this?!?!" It's been almost
a quarter century since then and those riff-laden tunes still
turn him on today. Moving on to more adventurous music as
he got older, Joe has now settled into a progressive-rock/fusion
listening habit fueled as well by his passion for composing on
Uninspired by the few years of lessons he took, the bulk of his
music education came from listening to his favorite players, including:
Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve
Morse. Music took a back seat to school and family however,
so Joe spent most of his limited practice time writing songs instead
of practicing the instrument.
He explains, "The compositions dictate my playing style; it's
working on songs and melodies that I really love to do and that,
in turn, shapes my guitar playing and technique."
Born, raised and still living in Queens, NY, Joe played in a
couple of vocal oriented progressive rock bands in the late
eighties/early nineties. The typical politics of being in a
band and having difficulty finding good people to play with lead
him to find solace in writing instrumental tunes with a sequencer
backing his guitar playing. Joe's first CD was completed in
the summer of 2003 and he finally put a band together a year
Jay "Byrd" Levine
on bass and
David Penna on drums have
made the material their own and the band has been writing as a
unit for a full length CD. The live shows have been going
real well as the band hones their chops in anticipation of bigger
and better things to come.
An engineer by profession, he has dreams of being a full-time
husband and father to his wife and two daughters while sitting in
his home studio writing and listening to his favorite music.
He adds, "I would also love to perform live as often as possible."