Joel Yennior is a trombonist, composer, and educator currently residing in the greater Boston area.
As a trombonist, Joel has performed and/or recorded with an array of notables including Bennie Maupin, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Antonio Sanchez, Ran Blake, Mulatu Astatke, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Mahmoud Ahmed, John Tchicai, the Spinners, Robert Goulet, the Boston Brass All-Stars, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
As a member of the Grammy-nominated Either/Orchestra since 1998, Joel has recorded five albums and a DVD, and has toured the USA, Canada, Africa, and Europe.
Yennior is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed jazz quartet Gypsy Schaeffer, and has produced three CDs with the group.
“Big City Circus,” released in 2010, was Yennior’s recording debut as a leader. This innovative album features an unconventional jazz grouping of trombone/guitar/drums and was described as “soul music” by renowned author and NEA Jazz Master, Nat Hentoff.
Joel was named a “Rising Star” on trombone in Downbeat Magazine’s annual Critic’s Poll in both 2013 and 2014.
Yennior currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and the Westwood Public Schools (MA) and is active as the Website Administrator and Newsletter Chairman for the Masschusetts Association of Jazz Educators (MAJE), and is the editor of the Contemporary Music column for the Massachusetts Music News Magazine.
Most recently, Joel designed a successful online Jazz Theory course entitled The Real Jazz Method – Building Blocks of the Jazz Vocabulary, currently available online at www.learnjazfaster.com.