Born: October 6, 1954 Primary Instrument: Keyboard
Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Joel Fairstein has earned critical praise as jazz pianist, composer, producer, and studio musician. His first album, Umbra, an LP recorded at age 24 with eighteen sidemen has since become a sought- after collectors item.
Joel graduated from Berklee college in 1983 and freelanced regularly in Boston before performing cruise ship gigs in the Bahamas and Hawaii. Returning to Knoxville in 1985, Joel began an extended period of engagements with his piano trio and earned his Masters in Music in 1992 at the University Of Tennessee, where he studied with Donald Brown.
He has appeared with Monica Mancini and the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, Eddie Henderson, Ray Anderson, Oteil Burbridge, R.B. Morris, Sam The Sham, Hector Qirko, Dave O’Dell, and many others. Joel has produced six albums of jazz compositions and appeared on dozens of other recordings.
“Some of the coolest jazz chops in the SouthEast.” -Wayne Bledsoe, Knoxville News Sentinal
SideSpin/Square With The Universe
Twelve Christmas Clock Tales
Ethereal Shaking Music
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