Joe is a jazz piano student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with a passion for performance, composition and arrangement.
Arrived early and was exactly what we wanted. A great pianist!
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Joe first began playing piano at age 6, where he studied Classical grades. By the time he reached grade 3, he had developed an interest in jazz, and decided to complete grades 3, 4 and 5 in both Jazz and Classical. After grade 5 jazz – the highest the jazz grades go – he decided to complete the rest of the Classical grades, and had achieved his grade 8 by the time he was 15. Meanwhile, Joe developed an interest in composition and arrangement, and so decided to arrange his first piece – a jazzy Christmas special of ‘Silent Night’, arranged for his High School’s Wind Band in Leeds. It was around this time that he knew he wanted to pursue a musical life and career, and so decided to audition for Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for sixth form. Here, he developed his jazz playing, as well as his classical, meeting lots of other like-minded musicians who he could interact with. He joined Chetham’s Big Band and small ensembles, as well as forming his own quartet, and has played at various venues such as Wakefield Jazz Club, Middleton Arena and Robin Park for Wigan Jazz Festival. He has played with names such as Richard Iles and Steve Waterman, as well as having master-classes and lessons from people like Jason Rebello, Niki Iles, Dennis Rollins, Les Chisnall, Iain Dixon, Carl Raven and Andy Stamatakis-Brown. He learnt how to develop his composition and arranging and has created works such as a Big Band arrangement of ‘Summertime’, a septet arrangement of ‘My Favourite Things’ and his own composition ‘Blocos De Rua’. Now, Joe is studying Jazz Piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and is in his second year studying with Malcolm Edmonstone, Barry Green and Gareth Williams. Since moving to London he has already taken advantage of his opportunities, creating his own quintet, working on new compositions and arrangements and even playing at probably the most famous jazz club in Britain – Ronnie Scott’s. He is also a part of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), and regularly gigs with them around the country and abroad. Some of his biggest gigs to date include playing at Barbican Concert Hall with members of the Lincoln Centre Jazz Band (Elliot Mason, Vincent Gardener, Marcus Printup and Sherman Irby), and playing Ellington's famous Second Sacred Concert, (in which piano is a heavy feature) in Milton Court Concert Hall with the Guildhall Jazz Band. He also regularly plays weddings, functions, dinners and events on his own, or part of a larger function band that he has set up. He hopes to continue improving his playing, composition and arranging skills into his future career.
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