Joel Bowers

Joel Bowers is a 38 year-old native of San Jose, California. Joel is a 1997 graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. In May of 2002, he completed his Masters of Music Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While attending CU Boulder, Joel was the jazz department's teacher assistant and his duties included assisting the jazz faculty, coaching jazz ensembles and teaching private students through the Universities continuing education program.

Joel, who has been playing the saxophone since age nine, is unique among young saxophonists in that he has a very strong interest in older styles of jazz. His influences include such legendary saxophonists as Lester Young, Stan Getz, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Mobley and Dexter Gordon. He has learned to play in the idiom of those players and has done so quite convincingly. Joel has personally studied under such recognized names as: Jimmy Giuffre, Plas Johnson, George Garzone, John McNeil, Joe Maneri and Jerry Bergonzi.

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“They got the name of the group right on this one (The Greasy Beats) - - because the music here is greasy and gritty — partly deep funk, and partly older soul-styled grooves! The overall groove is rich and full — almost with Memphis soul touches at times, but cut down with the leanness of the modern deep funk generation.” -

“JB and the Rebellion is an alumni reunion of jazz-funk's perennial players. Organized by tenor saxophonist Joel Bowers, the disc boasts spots from scene heavyweights like organist Robert Walter, bassist Chris Stillwell, percussionist Chuck Prada and DJ Mister Rourke, among others

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Culver City, CA

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Joel enjoys sharing his love of music and the craft of jazz with aspiring musicians, both recreational and professional. He currently directs the Instrumental Music department at St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey, CA and has previously taught at Crossroads Elementary School and New Roads High School in Santa Monica. Joel has also been a frequent clinician at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in Stanford, CA.

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