Joe Policastro

Chicago bassist JOE POLICASTRO grew up in the fertile jazz, classical, and popular music scene of Cincinnati, OH. He studied Classical Double Bass Performance on full scholarship at Miami University. Joe earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Studio Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. After performing and recording in Germany, he relocated to Chicago where he quickly established himself an in-demand bassist and arranger/composer. He has performed and recorded with a wide array of artists such as Diane Schuur, Jeff Hamilton, Howard Levy, Phil Woods, Pat and Debby Boone, Tim Ries, IraSullivan, Howard Alden, Rick Margitza, Jim Snidero, David “Fathead” Newman, and Billy Hart.

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”Policastro…is a melody-minded bassist who prioritizes group cohesion over individual displays of virtuosity. His solo on The Pixies' “Wave Of Mutilation” best exemplifies his improvisational style, which bears the mark of solid, unadorned craftsmanship.” - Brian Zimmerman, DOWNBEAT

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune has praised Policastro for the “ample rhythmic propulsion” of his bass playing and noted his “exquisitely voiced” and “shimmering” writing/arranging.

“[Policastro] sings on his instrument.” - Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives

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