Joe is a jazz pianist originally from Leeds, and now based in London. Currently in his final year at The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama, he is studying with Gareth Williams, Gareth Lockrane, Nikki Iles and Jim Hart. He has played gigs nationally and internationally with ensembles and artists such as NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra), Shane Hampsheir and The Alistair Martin Quintet, as well ensembles that he composes for such as North Ark and OUTLINE.
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Joe first began playing piano aged 6, where he studied Classical grades. He then pursued an interest in Jazz, and so continued studying both Classical and Jazz until achieving his grade 8 with distinction by the time he was 15, before attending Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
Here, he developed his piano playing, meeting lots of other like-minded musicians who he could interact with, studying with Les Chisnall, Steve Berry and Iain Dixon. During this time he gained valuable musical experience such as performing at Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as many concerts at Chetham's. He also formed his own jazz quartet, who gigged at Wakefield Jazz Club, as well as playing with The Greater Manchester Big Band at Middleton Arena and Robin Park for Wigan Jazz Festival with names such as Richard Iles and Steve Waterman. He reached the semi-final of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 2014 and 2016, which took place in Cardiff in front of judges including Iain Ballamy.
Currently, Joe is studying Jazz Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and is in his final year, having lessons with Gareth Lockrane, Nikki Iles, Jim Hart and Gareth Williams. Since moving to London he has played at prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Barbican Concert Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Milton Court Concert Hall, with bands such as the Guildhall Big Band and NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra), where he has held the piano chair for two years.
He has also played at various London jazz clubs with smaller bands, including The Vortex with The Ridout Sextet, the Spice of Life with his own band OUTLINE, and the Luna Lounge with another original project of his - North Ark. Joe writes and arranges all the music for his North Ark septet, and is looking to record the band's debut album in the near future. He has also featured on recordings by various original bands such as Jaguar and Tool Kit, the latter being a crossover project featuring a reduced big band with a string quartet. He wrote two original compositions for this band which will be released to the public in the coming months.
He has recently toured Germany and Holland with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, partnering with Bujazzo and NJJO (the German and Dutch equivalent of NYJO), as well as playing a tour of English venues with the same collaboration . Furthermore, in 2016, Joe featured in a performance with Fabrizio Bosso in Milan, as well as playing with Elliot Mason, Vincent Gardener and other members of the Lincoln Centre Band at the Barbican Concert Hall.
Looking into the future, Joe continues to write and arrange music for his North Ark project, as well as OUTLINE and NYJO, and has started planning a tour for next year with these ensembles - including dates at Ronnie Scott's, The Spice of Life, and more international dates in Germany and Italy.