Born: July 5, 1982 Primary Instrument: Sax, soprano
Joe Albano, a native of Boston, MA, now residing in NYC, began his instrumental studies at 14 with local hometown hero, Saxophonist Ray DeNice. Quickly gravitating to the saxophone, and ignoring all logic and reason, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Sept of 2000. He graduated in 2005 and holds a B.A. in Professional Music. His performance studies were with such luminaries as Saxophonists George Garzone and Joe Lovano, Clarinetist Harry Skoler, Pianist Joanne Brackeen, Trombonist Hal Crook and Vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Joe has also studied composition with Mark Muzzerol, Bob Pilkington, Greg Hopkins, and Ken Pullig...
Open The Gate And Flood The Valley (self produced, 2009)
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-Gary Sugal Sopranino sax
-Yamaha Custom EX soprano sax
-Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series Mad Meg Alto sax
-Conn New Wonder (c.1921) C Melody sax
-Buffet S-1 Tenor sax
-Cannonball Big Bell Global Series Tenor sax
-1935 King Zephyr Baritone sax
-Amati Full Bohem Bb soprano clarinet -Noblet Alto and Bass clarinets
-c.1929 William S. Haynes C flute
-Artley/Haynes Alto flute
-Cabart Oboe w/Vandoren reeds
-Schreiber Bassoon w/Schrieber bocals and Albion Gold reeds
-AKAI EWI 4000s w/VOX VT30 amplifier
Joe plays (and would absolutely LOVE to endorse) Selmer, Vandoren, RIA, and Pormarico mouthpieces, Vandoren and Rico reeds, and Selmer, Vandoren, and Rovner Ligatures.