Jazz great Dr. Billy Taylor, was the first to give air play to Joel’s first jazz album, “MOVE”, which was reissued in Japan.
A contemporary of Bill Evans, Joel has entertained 5 presidents, has been a pianist/bandleader for thousands of events, and has performed at concert venues in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Greece. NYC venues include: Windows On The World and The Rainbow Room.
He has recorded four CD’s and also holds an M.A. (from Rutgers University).
His latest recording, “Live At Steinway Piano Gallery” was performed on a Steinway Model D Concert Grand, released in Japan
Joel Zelnik — Live At Steinway Piano Gallery ... CD
Think (Japan), 2010. New Copy .... $16.99 24.99
A great recent recording from pianist Joel Zelnik – the player who's probably best remembered for his rare 60s session Move! Joel still sounds great here – working in tight trio formation with a groove that's openly lyrical, and nicely swinging – lots of those forward-thinking moments we remember from before, but with a new sort of sensitivity that's mighty nice – more than enough to get him ranked right up there with some of the better-known aging piano talents of his generation recording today – like Steve Kuhn or Denny Zeitlin! Titles include Dream Dancing, Turn Out The Stars, The Opener, Old/New Waltz, You've Changed, and How Deep Is The Ocean
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