JOE GRAZIOSI is a New York City based Tenor/Soprano Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. 

 

Photo Credit: Timothy Murray

Photo Credit: Timothy Murray

From packed festivals in Italy, shores as far away as Tasmania, and historic jazz venues in New York City, saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and award-winning composer Joe Graziosi has performed his music all around the world.

Since setting down roots in New York years ago, he has been working all around the city with the Joe Graziosi Quartet, a group with one foot firmly planted in the rich tradition of jazz, and the other ready to embrace any and all influences. The group can be heard every Tuesday night at Gin Fizz in Harlem, where Graziosi also hosts a weekly jazz jam session.

Graziosi’s versatility as a multi-instrumentalist and proficiency in many styles of music has led to him performing with such artists as Peter Erskine, Robin Eubanks, Alex Sipiagin, Gil Goldstein, Norbert Leo Butz, Bill Holman, The Drifters, the Nelson Brothers, Anthony Wonsey, Kenyatta Beasley, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Matthew Morrison, Rumer Willis, Atomic Funk Project, Ernie Krivda, Isabela Moner, Justin Guarini, The Zou, The Vindys, and Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra. 

Graziosi is a two-time winner of the Ruth Friscoe Prize for Jazz Composition, an award presented to a student to recognize creative prowess in the form of a contemporary jazz composition for big band. His pieces “It’s Your Move”(2008) and “The Judge”(2010) were both winners of the award and scholarship. Graziosi, though now mainly composing for his quartet, often uses singable, folk-like melodies masked with sophisticated harmonies to achieve his personal sound. He also believes in the incorporation of humor in music as you can tell from his pieces “Sphere Does the Foxtrot” and “The 4 Train Blues”.


Wind section for the 2018 National Tour of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical”

Wind section for the 2018 National Tour of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical”

Along with his jazz career, Graziosi has spent an equal amount of time performing in orchestras for musicals, most recently as part of the 2018 national tour of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical.” Other shows Graziosi has worked on during his career are “Chicago”, “Rent”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Mame”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Jekyll & Hyde”, “Titanic”, “Parade”, “Matthew McConaughey vs. the Devil”, “Company”, “Beauty & The Beast”, and many more.

In 2013, Graziosi performed on sax and keyboards with Tony Award winning Broadway and TV actor Norbert Leo Butz as part of “The Angel Band Project”, a St. Louis based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help “survivors of sexual violence through music.” This collaboration produced the album “An Evening with Norbert Leo Butz”, released on Broadway Records.

More recently, in 2018 Joe performed as part of “From Broadway With Love: Parkland”, a benefit concert for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The night paid tribute to the lives of the students and faculty who were the victims of gun violence, and also featured original work from some of the MSD high school students. The project included Broadway stars such as Matthew Morrison, Deborah Cox, Justin Guarini, Christy Altomare, and more working alongside the students to bring their songs to life at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.

When he’s not busy performing or touring, Graziosi teaches privately all around NYC and over Skype to students all over the world. He has also taught masterclasses on music theory, improvisation, and transcription to aspiring high school jazz and college students.

Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Graziosi graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Music, Jazz Studies. He’s been lucky enough to have a chance to study with wonderful teachers including Tim Harker, Shawn “Thunder” Wallace, the late Mark Flugge, Sam D’Angelo, Steve Enos, Douglas Pierce, and Dr. Ted McDaniel. He has since travelled the world while working for a time as Musical Director for Royal Caribbean’s “Brilliance of the Seas” and on other ocean liners. Most importantly, Joe is a long-time avid Cleveland Browns fan.

Joe Graziosi is available for concert bookings, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, and ensemble coaching. For further info, please email Joe at joe.graziosi@gmail.com.

 

 

Photo Credit: Paul Sauline

Photo Credit: Paul Sauline

Discography

Joe Graziosi - I Gotta Fly!

The Angel Band Project: A Night with Norbert Leo Butz

Isabela Moner - Stopping Time

When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation Live at 54 Below

Darryl Alexander, Sr. - Transitons

Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra - Jazz Tempo

Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra - Dreams Come True

The Zou - Kills

Ross Kratter Quartet - It's Time