////Raised 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 the guitar.

     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 later.  Eric Davis on keyboards, 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." 

 

Top 25 CDs

1. Led Zeppelin - Boxed Set CD1
2. Led Zeppelin - Boxed Set CD2
3. Led Zeppelin - Boxed Set CD3
4. Led Zeppelin - Boxed Set CD4
5. King's X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
6. King's X - Faith, Hope, Love
7. Queensryche - The Warning
8. Queensryche - Rage For Order
9. Rush - Permanent Waves
10. Rush - ExitůStage Left
11. Eric Johnson - Tones
12. Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom
13. Steve Morse - High Tension Wires

 

14. Steve Morse - Coast to Coast
15. Dixie Dregs - Full Circle
16. Liquid Tension Experiment I
17. Liquid Tension Experiment II
18. Joe Satriani - Surfing With the Alien
19. Chad Wackerman - 40 Reasons
20. Allan Holdsworth - Secrets
21. Shawn Lane - Powers of Ten
22. On the Virg - Serious Young Insects
23. Derek Sherinian - Planet X
24. Mike Stern - Odds Or Evens
25. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

 

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