Born: October 6, 1944
Jazz great Dr. Billy Taylor, was the first to give air play to Joel’s first jazz album, “MOVE”, which was reissued in Japan.
A contemporary of Bill Evans, Joel has entertained 5 presidents, has been a pianist/bandleader for thousands of events, and has performed at concert venues in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Greece. NYC venues include: Windows On The World and The Rainbow Room.
He has recorded four CD’s and also holds an M.A. (from Rutgers University).
His latest recording, “Live At Steinway Piano Gallery” was performed on a Steinway Model D Concert Grand, released in Japan...
Joel Zelnik — Move (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD Felicia/DIW (Japan), 1968. New Copy .... $19.99 A rare jazz nugget from the late 60s – a pretty great trio set by the Joel Zelnik Trio – an American combo, but one with a groove that's every bit as hip as some of the best European piano groups of the time! Zelnik plays the lead instrument, but the album's definitely a strong three-sided affair – with the participation of bass and drums as important to the overall groove as you'd get on some of the best bossa trio sessions of the 60s! In fact, there also seems to be some of the best Brazilian trio dynamism going on here – even though the sound is strongly American overall – and other group members include Harold Slapin on bass and Dave Rose on drums and arrangements. Titles include Maybe September, Tune Up, Cultivation, Move, Walk Right In, Blues Web, and Minor Thought.