Joe Diorio

Guitarist and composer Joe Diorio was born in Waterbury, CT, August 6, 1936. Joe has 50 years experience playing the guitar and over 40 years experience as a performer and recording artist. He has worked with such jazz luminaries as Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, and Freddie Hubbard. He has recently toured Italy with Riccardo Del Fra (bass player with Chet Baker, Johnny Griffin, Toots Thieleman).

His most recent releases include three CD reissues on the Art of Life Records label,, “Straight Ahead to the Light” with percussionist Steve Bagby reissued in 2018, “Peaceful Journey” reissued in 2017 and “Solo Guitar” reissued in 2006. Other releases include: I Remember Wes, a tribute to Wes Montgomery; A solo guitar album We Will Meet Again; Double Take with live recordings of the performances with Riccardo Del Fra; and Rare Birds, a duo album with Mick Goodrick.

Highly respected as an educator, Joe has many books and an educational video to his name. Joe currently teaches at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and has conducted jazz guitar seminars throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil. Additionally, Joe was one of the three founding instructors for the Guitar Institute of Technology (G. I. T.) in Hollywood California.


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Joe Diorio-”Solo Guitar” CD Reissue Review

Vintage Joe Diorio recording that was originally released in 1975 on the Spitball label (SB-2). Some of the other records by Joe on that label were, Straight Ahead to the Light with Steve Bagby, SoloDuo with Wally Cirillo, Rapport with Cirillo and Peaceful Journey (solo). Peaceful Journey and Solo Guitar are my favorites of that series. Solo Guitar is a huge departure from what was generally being played in 1975. The innovations Joe was doing were hardly noticed as it sounded so easy and right. I think Joe is using the middle pick-up as the sound is so sharp and biting

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