BMHOF Class of 2001
Joel was born and raised in WNY. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University at Buffalo. Joel was the Bassist for 18 years with The Tonight Show Band under the leadership of Doc Severinson with whom he performed with at symphony and pops concerts. Theatrical work on such Broadway shows as Cats, Evita and Les Miserables among others. Television shows such as M.A.S.H., Dallas and Star Trek- Next Generation. Movie soundtracks for more than 60 films including Saturday Night Fever, Jaws and Star Wars. Performers he has worked with include Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson and Chuck Mangione, Buddy Rich, John Abercrombie, Carmen McRae, Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts, Joe Williams, Denny Zeitlin, Sarah Vaughn, and many other internationally known jazz artists.. And he has also won a Grammy for his work with Severinson. A very impressive resume to say the least. Recently he was Teaching a whole new generation of musicians at Northern Arizona University and their highly acclaimed jazz program.
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