“He has such harmonic and melodic depth – and an uncanny way of playing through changes. I have the highest respect for him. There aren't many people who have explored music or life the way Joe [Beck] has.”
Mark Egan.

Joe Beck

Joe Beck (1945) is a jazz guitarist, composer and conductor. He has been composing music for TV and film for thirty years and The National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences has honored him five times with their Most Valuable Player Award.

Styles: Jazz fusion, post bop, mainstream jazz, Soul-Jazz, and Jazz-Funk.

As a leader and sideman he has worked alongside a variety of artists like Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Miles Davies, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto Duke Ellington, Larry Coryell, Buddy Rich, David Sanborn, James Brown, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Paul Desmond, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Sergio Mendez, Jimmy Bruno, Ali Ryerson, John Abercrombie and countless others.

jazz fusion, post bop, mainstream jazz and soul jazz

He has produced and arranged for Frank Sinatra, Gloria Gaynor, and Esther Phillips.

He has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra in London, the Milan Philharmonic in Italy, and The Paris String Ensemble in France.

  • Born in Philadelphia, raised in New Jersey.
  • Went to New York in 1962, 17 years old, to play in a jazz trio.
  • 18 years old he started to composed and arrange commercials for television and radio
  • Attracted to Brazilian music. Mendes, Jobim, Gilberto lived in New York at that time.
  • Recognized by Joao Gilberto
  • Recruited by the latin jazz ambassador and arranger Gil Evans. Did several albums with him.
  • 1967, 22 years old, he was hired by Miles Davies on Gil Evans' recommendation.
  • 1968 - 1971 dropped out of the music business
  • Fusion period. Records with Sanborn
  • 1989 - 1992 retired again
  • 47 years old he started touring
  • Mainstream and contemporary jazz releases
  • 2000. Collaboration with Jimmy Bruno.