Director of Production & Entertainment
Staten Island Waterfront Festival @ the Ferry
Directed the first September 11th Memorial Tribute at Staten Island's Borough Hall, overlooking New York Harbor.
Designed festival site, coordinated logistics, selected artists and repertoire, and programmed musical segments. Served as media and PR spokesperson.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center—Staten Island, NY
Served as Snug Harbor’s first Artistic Director. Conceptualized a Summer Festival demonstrating its potential as a viable arts institution, thus positioning Snug Harbor to become eligible for funding from national, state and city arts agencies. Presented prominent artists and organizations such as:
Initiated the idea to this proprietor that there was a large, yet untapped audience for jazz in the Minneapolis area. Formed and led a cutting-edge jazz group with strong rock sensibilities. This changed the Longhorn from a rock club into a major jazz venue, thus creating the opportunity for Joe to book and present prominent jazz artists, such as:
Writer, Producer, Director
At the behest of the Alumni Association of The High School of Performing Arts, Joe wrote and directed "That Place in Time," a play which was performed at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theatre in New York City.
- To repeal the Cabaret Law (which limited the number of musicians (3) who could play in cabarets)
- Regarding Noise Abatement
Asked to testify before the New York City Council on behalf of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802:
Apple Music Negotiation
Lead negotiator for the sale of the domain name www.applemusic.com for the launch of Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store.
New York Philharmonic
Metropolitan Opera Company
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
Gerry Mulligan & His Orchestra
Maynard Ferguson & His Orchestra
Larry Harlow (Salsa Orchestra)
Il Guilliardi di Piazza
Int'l African-American Ballet Co.
Asia Society Dance
Goethe House Exhibits
New Orleans Swing and Jazz All Stars
The Bill Evans Trio
Eddie Harris Band
Tony Williams Lifetime
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
The Gary Burton Quartet
Earl "Fatha" Hines
The McCoy Tyner Quintet
The Jimmy Smith Trio