For the second consecutive year, Joel was named a “Rising Star” on Trombone in the August 2014 Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll.
Other trombonists named as “Rising Stars” include Vincent Gardner, Mashall Gilkes, Michael Dease, and Alan Ferber (among others).
The Either/Orchestra also received mention in the “Big Band” (Established Talent) Category. Joel has been a member of the Either/Orchestra since 1998. Current Either/Orchestra member Charlie Kohlhase (baritone sax) also received a nomination to the 2014 Downbeat Critic’s List, as well as former members Miguel Zenon (alto sax/arranger), Jaleel Shaw (alto sax), and Haley Niswanger (alto sax).
To view the complete 2014 list, please click here or download the attached PDF: Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Trombone 2014
Joel’s article entitled, “Fostering Listening Skills in the Digital Era,” was published in the summer issue of the Massachusetts Music News.
The article outlines some of the benefits the internet offers in terms of the wide accessibility of music online, and examines the implications of the internet’s delivery of recorded music on the development of essential listening skills.
The full magazine can be accessed online by clicking here (Joel’s article begins on page 37).
The Massachusetts Music News is a quarterly publication produced by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA).
Joel currently serves as the editor of the “Contemporary Music” column for the magazine.
Joel is featured on a recent release by New York-based guitarist and composer, Dave Fabris called “Lettuce Prey.” Joel performs alongside members of the Atlantic Brass in some adventurous re-inventions of orchestral pieces by Prokoviev, Ives and Khatchaturian. The recording also features Ran Blake on piano and organ.
Lettuce Prey (Great Winds/Musea 3169) is music that is supported equally by the three legs of Rock, Jazz and Classical. It has the guts and glory of rock heroes like Jimi Hendrix (whose tune, Angel, is featured as a guitar solo on this CD). It possesses the surprise and intrigue of Jazz improvisation (like Ornette Coleman’s Sadness – presented here in a jazz quintet format). Lastly, it exudes the intricacy and depth of contemporary Classical music – Ives, Prokofiev, and Khatchaturian are among the composers presented here. But the intent is for the styles to coalesce…that the heavy guitar bass and drum treatment of Ginastera’s String Quartet No. 2, for example, maintains the sublimation of the original while making the listener pump their fist in the air!
Joel will be appearing in the upcoming Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival with the Karen Bell Affair on Saturday, September 28.
Click here for more details and for the full festival lineup.
The Bell Affair featuring Karen Bell is an exhilarating elixir of funk punch poured from a diamond ladle. The music is a mixture of soulful, funky favorites served up by some of the finest musicians in New England. Karen Bell, founder and lead singer for the Bell Affair, has thrilled fans for more than 20 years with her southern charm and heartfelt, powerful vocals. Standing at the helm, Bell has concocted a heady brew of all-star talent in the Bell Affair, a delicate blend of precision, raw passion and that old-school flavor sure to quench an audience’s thirst for a great time.
Joel was named a “Rising Star” on Trombone in the August 2013 Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll.
Other trombonists named as “Rising Stars” include Trombone Shorty, Mashall Gilkes, Michael Dease, and Alan Ferber (among others).
The Either/Orchestra also received mention in the “Big Band” (Established Talent) Category. Joel has been a member of the Either/Orchestra since 1998. Fellow Either/Orchestra members Charlie Kohlhase (baritone sax) and Hailey Niswanger (alto and soprano saxophones) also received nominations to the 2013 Downbeat Critic’s List.
To view the complete 2013 list, please click here or download the attached PDF: Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Stars August 2013