Born and raised in Southern California, Joe started
playing by ear on a toy xylophone at an early age.
His parents quickly got him a piano teacher, and Joe
took piano lessons for a few years after that. He
discovered jazz while in college and immediately
changed his major from computer science to music.
Upon hearing that jazz pianist Kenny Barron was
teaching at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Joe
enrolled in the graduate program there and obtained
his Masters degree, studying with Barron for two
years. After a couple years in the Army, as a Russian
linguist stationed in Germany, Joe moved back to the
states to California, where he has been a fixture on
the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1997, Joe started
playing the Hammond B-3 organ after meeting organist
Larry Goldings in New York.
Since arriving in L.A., Joe has played and/or
recorded with most of the jazz musicians in Southern
California, as well as a number of visiting musicians
including: Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Larry
Goldings, Charles McPherson, Anthony Wilson, Seamus
Blake, Lea Delaria, Brian Lynch, Billy Higgins,
Arthur Blythe, Ralph Moore, Marvin "Smitty" Smith,
Joe LaBarbara, Alphonse Mouzon, Jack Sheldon and many
more. He also has played extensively overseas
(Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, Dubai) and the
States (Yoshi's (Oakland), Birdland (New York), The
Moore Theater (Seattle), The Alladin Theater
(Portland), Richard's (Vancouver)).
"A masterful organist" - Don Heckman, L. A. Times
“A highly refined player with a light touch who
listens” - Downbeat