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Magnarelli, Joe (Joseph Anthony)

Magnarelli, Joe (Joseph Anthony), trumpet, piano; b. Syracuse, NY, 19 January 1960.

At the age of 12 he started to play the piano at home by ear, and a few months later started formal guitar and trumpet lessons in school. His early musical experience came playing the trumpet and guitar in church, through grammar school and high school, and then in college Joe was the pianist and choir director at the Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY. Joe was also a high school varsity basketball player and played two years of college basketball at Onondaga Comm. College. In 1982 Joe got his bachelors degree from Fredonia St. University, and in 1986 moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. In 1990 Joe finished as a semifinalist at the Thelonious Monk competition. Joe's credits include working on the bands of Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Toshiko Akioshi, John Hendricks, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. Currently Joe is working with Ray Barretto's New Sextet. He is seen frequently playing in clubs around the New York area, as well as performing and teaching all over the world. Magnarelli began playing trumpet in the sixth grade, piano in the seventh. Piano was his main instrument and basketball his primary avocation until age 21, when he became serious about the trumpet during a semester at the Berklee School of Music with Louis Mucci. As a child he soaked up the music from the show records and commercial singer dates that were his parents' primary listening fare. "My father used to sing and I'd comp for him on piano," he remembers. "I played by ear; I never took piano lessons." After hearing a record of Clifford Brown with Sarah Vaughan in college, he became interested in jazz trumpet. Soon after arriving in New York in 1986, he joined Lionel Hampton until 1989. He's had steady work on good money gigs with the Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller orchestras. Of late, Magnarelli's continued an ongoing association with Akiyoshi-Tabackin that goes back to 1987; he's played Monday nights with both the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Vanguard Orchestra. As far as small groups, there were significant associations at the top of the '90s with Jack McDuff and Jon Hendricks. His blend of proficient reading and fluent blowing puts him on the A-list for numerous contemporary ensembles such as the Ben Wolfe Sextet, the Charles Davis Quintet, the Jim Snidero Quintet, and the Walt Weiskopf Nonet. The recent association with sax master Davis imparts a direct link to one of the Magnarelli's primary influences, Kenny Dorham, and hence to the musical universe of Charlie Parker. Magnarelli still practices to Charlie Parker solos. Joe also currently performs with or has played with in the last couple of years Marty Sheller Nonet, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr., Maria Schneider Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell Big Band, Chico O'Farrell, Buddy Rich "Burnin' for Buddy" Big Band, Charles Davis Quintet, Cecil Payne, Junior Mance, Hard Bop Quintet, Ben Wolfe Band, Walt Weiskopf Nonet, Dick Oats Quartet, John Pizzarelli and Don Sebesky.

Why Not (1994); Always There (1997); John Swana - Joe Magnarelli Sextet: Philly-New York Junction (1998); Mr. Mags (2000); John Swana - Joe Magnarelli Sextet: New York - Philly Junction (2003)
As sideperson:
Grant Stewart Qnt.: Downtown Sounds; Andy Fusco Qnt.: Out of the Dark; Walt Weiskopf Nonet: Siren, Song for My Mother; Jazz Underground: Live at Smalls; Jack McDuff: Write On, Cap't; Bill Heid: Dark Secrets; Alex Graham: Countdown; Charles Davis Qnt.: Numero Uno; Jim Snidero Qnt.: The Music of Joe Henderson; NY Hardbop Qnt.: The Clincher, Rokermotion, A Whisper Away; Ben Wolfe: Bagdad Theatre, 13 Sketches; Jerry Weldon: Midtown Blues; Laverne Butler: No Looking Back; Tom Harrell: Time's Mirror; Toshiko Akioshi: Night and Dream, Toshiko Akioshi: Toshiko Plays Toshiko, Live at Carnegie Hall, Desert Lady Fantasy, Four Seasons, Monopoly Game, Tribute To Ellington; Lionel Hampton: 90th Birthday Celebration, Cookin' in the Kitchen; The Gothem Jazz Orchestra: Thought Trains; Buddy Rich Big Band: Burning For Buddy

Contact information:
(212) 979-8732

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