Born: January 9, 1971 Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
Biography The relative rarity of vibraphonists in the history of jazz remains one of the musical genre’s true mysteries. Despite the natural beauty of the instrument’s sound and the historical importance and celebrated popularity of its most famous players Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson comparatively few artists have chosen to make the vibraphone their primary means of expression. Fortunately, Joe Baione has and on Oh Yeah!!! - his second outing as a leader and impressive successor to his distinguished debut The Superhero he shows that the vibes and the mallets with which he plays them are in very good hands....
In addition to being one of the hardest swinging members of his generation of vibers, Joe consistently reaches his listeners with the distinctiveness of his musical voice as both a truly creative virtuoso on his instrument and an increasingly compelling composer. In short , both his playing and his tunes speak more and more clearly and strongly to us. -Todd Barkan, Record Producer, Artistic Manager, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
In him you have a young man with vision who is able to realize the future today. -Benny Golson, Legendary Jazz Performer, Educator and Composer
Joe Baione is an excellent example of the new breed of jazz musician -- well educated in the form and its tradition and equally at home on the bandstand or the classroom. Thanks to him and his young colleagues, the commonly asked question of whether there is a future for this music can be answered with a resounding Oh Yeah!!!. -Russ Musto, All About Jazz- New York
Voted Best Jazz Presentation: The Joe Baione Sextet, which was one of the early acts, was also quite dazzling, so much so that noted music connoisseur and reggae Sumfest director Johnny Gourzong was overheard remarking, This is one of the best jazz presentations I have heard in many years. -Jamaica Gleaner, 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival (Montego Bay)
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.