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Joe Bongiovi

Joe Bongiovi is the Director/Owner of the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra (PJO). PJO is an All Star Big Band comprised of the best college and high school musicians in the Philadelphia and New Jersey region of the United States.

The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra has performed all over the world and will be touring Europe once again this summer with performances at La Spezia International Jazz Festival and at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.

In addition to The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, Joe Bongiovi is the band director at Princeton High School and the conductor of the Princeton Studio Band. The Princeton Studio Band has toured all over Europe as well and competes often at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston. The band has won the festival under Bongiovi's direction 8 times in the past 10 years, including the past 7 years consecutively.

Awards

2016 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival 2015 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival 2014 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival 2013 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival 2012 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival 2011 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival 2010 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival 2007 - 1st Place Berklee College Of Music Jazz Festival


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“The bridge for us is good music programs in the public schools,” says Bongiovi in an interview squeezed in between meetings and rehearsals for the Princeton High School Jazz Festival, which took place February 12 and 13, and featured master classes and performances by renowned jazz trumpeters Tim Hagans, a 2011 Grammy nominee, and Marvin Stamm. - from the February 16, 2011, issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper Just Jazz: Cultivating the Next Thelonious Monk by Kevin L. Carter http://www.princetoninfo.com/index.php/component/us1more/?key=2-16-11jazz

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