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Joe Negri

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.

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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

Albums

Dream Dancing
Dream Dancing
Noteworthy Jazz
2010
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Guitars For Christmas
Guitars For Christmas
MCG Jazz
2007
buy
Afternoon In Rio
Afternoon In Rio
MCG Jazz
1999
buy

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