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In 1999, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust honored me by naming me the “Established Artist of the Year.” I remember telling them that my career has been a “work in progress” since age three.

As a child performer, I performed on radio and appeared in theatrical and stage productions throughout the tri-state area. I was even chosen to become one of Pittsburgh's “Stars of Tomorrow.” A voice change shattered my confidence and I stopped performing. Shortly after, I began to seriously study the guitar.

By age sixteen, I was playing well enough to win a job with one of the country's top swing bands. I soon became a featured member of the band and traveled nationally with them for about two years. Though the army briefly sidetracked my career, it by no means stopped it. I was fortunate enough to meet up with several top-notch jazz musicians and together we continued to develop our musical skills.

In the early 50's, I enrolled at CMU (Carnegie Tech) and I picked up some important musical training and overall grooming. I feel very strongly that these years rounded me as a person and prepared me for the work that was still to come. Following CMU, I landed a job in the “brand new” media of television. It was the start of a forty-year career. My TV work began at KDKA-TV where I headed up my own trio and following that, I spent some twenty years at WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh's ABC affiliate) as an “on the air performer” and musical director.

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”Joe is not only the best royal handyman in the neighborhood, he's a consummate jazz musician who delights us all.” --Fred Rogers

”Hey Joe, Wow these cd's are a home run! These are among the best jazz guitar cd's I've ever heard. I've never heard a jazz guitar improvisor with so much taste, class, and swing in their playing. I just thought I'd send you an email. Great job!” --Tom Mowrey, Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter

”Negri is a master jazz guitarist who converses with the Brazilian lexicon with the ease, rhythm and flair of a hard working Carioca musician, It's obvious from the opening statement, Jobim's “O Grande Amor” that here's a musician steeped in the technical know-how of his instrument, but what's surprising about Afternoon In Rio, is how warm, beautifully understated and smooth most of the album is.” --Mark Ruffin, The Brazilian Music Review


Album Dream Dancing by Joe Negri

Dream Dancing

Noteworthy Jazz



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guitar, electric
Barney Kessel Barney Kessel
guitar, electric
Lage Lund Lage Lund
Tal Farlow Tal Farlow
Herb Ellis Herb Ellis
Les Paul Les Paul
guitar, electric
Ben Monder Ben Monder
Sylvain Luc Sylvain Luc
Doug Raney Doug Raney
Ximo Tebar Ximo Tebar

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