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Born in Brooklyn, NY. Guitarist, composer-songwriter-arranger, occasional singer. Now resides in NY. Discovered jazz in teens. Studied in 20s with Jimmy Raney, Chuck Wayne, Barry Galbraith. Also composed music from early age. Received critical evaluation and encouragement from Raney and Wayne, also played extensively with and was influenced by fellow guitarist Eddie Diehl. Also from early 20s received invaluable instruction from John Foca, a pianist and teacher in Brooklyn........ 1980s: Member of house rhythm section at Barry Harris's Jazz Cultural Theater and gigged and performed with pianists Jaki Byard, Chris Anderson, drummer Vernel Fournier, closely associated with trumpeter Tommy Turrentine and alto saxophone player Clarence C. Sharpe. Gigged with Big Joe Turner (Tramps, 1981). Tenor saxophonist Percy France recommended him to fellow tenor George Kelly for his Jazz Sultans(also including Richard Wyands, Benny Powell, Virgil Jones, others)for a week at the West End Cafe. Also from West End radio airshots over WKCR FM with Kelly, France, others including Ram Ramirez (composer of Lover Man) Basie bassist Jimmy Lewis, drummer Oliver Jackson........ 1990s: Long engagement with singer Hadda Brooks at Michael's Pub. Co-led well-received 2 guitar quartet with Eddie Diehl at Smalls. Compositions and arranging featured on concerts, club gigs, recordings, radio dates (Around NY WNYC FM).......... Since 2000: Working quartet with tenor Jerry Weldon, organist (the late) Bobby Forrester, drummer Rudy Petschauer. Sitins by invitation with with tenor Bootsie Barnes (Ortlieb's, Philadelphia), Bob Dorough (Iridium, NY). Began producing concert events at Mercy College with colleagues John Eckert; Eddie Locke; John Beal; Richard Wyands; Sean Smith. 2-guitar projects with James Chirillo (produced/performed tribute to Montgomery; Christian; Raney with Chirillo; Eddie Locke, drums; John Beal, bass avail. from artist on DVD) and John Hart; Performed with Hart, Petchauer, organist Don Millitello and appeared on In the Moment (WBAI FM), other gigs. Summer 2004 toured NW Michigan with Petschauer, Eckert, Dutch pianist/organist Bob Wijnen.........2006: Played w/Bob Dorough, Dave Matthews at Cucina de Stagnole, long-running steady Sunday Brunch w/singer Deanna Kirk, bassist Tim Givens, Cucina di Peche. By special request played a special send-off perfrmance for the Rev. Walter C. Barton Jr. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Harlem USA.....Appeared at Smalls with Planet Jazz and Ari Roland Quartet, Terrace in the Sky w/Kuni Mikami Trio...2007: lived and worked in Den Haag, Netherlands with old friends made living there in 2001...2008: Played with vibist Teddy Charles with Ari Roland's group at Fat Cat; began songwriting performance collaboration with Jimmy Norman (composer of "Time is on My Side". Coming
Dec. 23, 2011, 6-8:30:
Lo-Tech live at Fat Cat
Joel Fass, guitar, composer
Britta Langshoen, trombone
Burt Eckoff, piano
Belden Bullock, bass
Vanderlei Pereira, drums
Also: Jan 14, 2012 4:00 PM at Smalls:
Same personnel, add Tim Givens, bass, Deanna Kirk vocalist (both gigs showcase songwriting---melody and lyrics---by Joel Fass
MAY 19 4-7
CALLING ALL ROMANTICS (REDUX)
NEW VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL SONGS PAIRED WITH RESET FAVORITES
WITH A HAND-PICKED BAND AND 2 GUEST VOCALISTS!
ON THE THEMES OF IDEALISM (AND ITS DISCONTENTENTS); LONGING FOR YOUTH/CHILDREN'S DREAMS; SELF-BETTERMENT; ESPECIALLY 'GETTING UP AND GETTING ON'
JOEL FASS, ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITAR, SONGWRITER
MIKE FAHN, VALVE TROMBONE
RADAM SCHWARTZ, PIANO/KEYBOARD
TIM GIVENS, BASS
CLIFFORD BARBARO, DRUMS
MILES GRIFFITH (STAR OF WYNTON MARSALIS'S PULITZER-WINNING BLOOD ON THE FIELDS)
ELLEN WEISS (SONG STYLIST, SONGWRITER OF SCOPE AND DIMENSION)
SEAN HARKNESS, VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS, PROVIDER OF SIBELIUS CHARTS, CO-MUSICAL DIRECTOR