Bio

Joe Azarello works around the San Diego area with various jazz bands. He plays with the Dave Scott Trio, the Art Johnson Duo, his own groups “Jazzed About Jazz” and “The Azarello Brothers”, and also does solo piano jobs. He can put together small groups up to 9 pieces for club work, private parties, and special events and concerts.  Joe is also taking new students, see HERE

• WORK HISTORY
Live Performances With The Following :
Buddy Rich, Mark Murphy, Kenny Rankin,Chuck Mangione,
Charles McPhearson, Bobby Shew,Steve Gadd,Art Pepper,
Bob Magnison,Brian Bromberg,Harvey Mason, Jerry Niewood,Richie Cole,Hal Crook, Joel DiBartelo, Charlie Mariano, San Diego Pops, Don Menza, Buffalo Philharmonic,
lllinois Jacquet, Blue Mitchel, Ernie Watts, Bill Watrous, Gabe Baltazar, Roy Mcurdy, Joe Labarber, Burt Teretsky, Lou Soloff, Marvre Stamm, AL Porcino.

1994-1996 Musical Director for San Diego
Church of Religious Science.
1990 Created and hosted radio program
“Piano Masters” for KSDS, San Diego.
19 8 7 -19 S 9 Acompianist for Learning Annex, San Diego.
1975-1983 Accompianist at Dick Grove School of Music.
Conducted and arranged for John Valenti with Aeriola Records.
1970 Composer and arranger for the University of Buffalo Jazz ensemble and big band.

Joe and Tom Azarello

Joe with brother Tom

Film and Recordings :
Produced arranged and composed CD’s :
1996 ” So Much Love ”
1994 “Amelia’s Themes ”
Pianisr and composer :
1992 “America Four Four Time” – Eric Show
1987 ” Coping With Change ” Educational film
1976 ” Cannon’s Back in Town “‘- Jim Gannon
Pianist on :
1972 “Live at Caesar’s Palace ” – Buddy Rich
1962-1996 Composed and arranged for recording artists, vocal demos and jingles.

• TEACHING EXPERIENCE
• Private and group piano lessons – See Teaching Page
• Jazz improvisation, history
• Jazz combo ensemble • Theory and harmony
• Arranging for small ensembles • Ear training, Solfeggio
• Big band rehearsing • Vocal coaching and arranging
• Classical technique and literature • Song writing

Joe with Art Johnson

Joe with Art Johnson

1976-1996 Created library of one hundred fifty biographies and discographies of jazz pianists, including workshop and performance related articles.
Produced singer showcases for two years.
Regular Jazz clinics through Young Audience
and trust fund programs.
Organized student workshop clinics with
Art Lande and Mark Murphy.
Concerts and clinics at Isomota College Idyllwild,
with Marshall Hawkins.
Substitute teacher for Mesa College
and City College, San Diego.

• EDUCATION •

1962-1992 Advanced harmony, counterpoint, and arranging with Russ Messina, Jerry
Fenwick, and Hal Crook.
1989 Provisional teaching credential from the state of California.
1986-1989 Classes at Grossmont College and City College San Diego in midi and
electronic music applications.
1978-1983 Private jazz instruction under Clare Fischer,
Dave McKay, Paul Smith, and Melcho Levief. Attended Dick Grove School of Music, Los Angeles.
1972 Attended Berkley College, Boston.
1962-1970 Private classical instruction at the University of Buffalo for six years.

Joe with Ted Williams

Ted Williams and Joe Azarello - Jazzed About Jazz

• PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
American Federation of Musicians Union member for thirty five years.
Jazz Artists Guild of San Diego.
• PERSONAL
1944 Bom February 27, in Buffalo, New York.
1975 -1983 Moved to Los Angeles
1984 Moved to San Diego

2001-2003 Musical Director for EncinitasChurch of Religious Science Rev’s Tom and Giesla Sanner
2002 Performed The History of Jazz Guitar 2 Profiles in Jazz with Guitarist
Art Johnson at the San Diego Museum of Art
2002 Performed Tribute To Barney Kessel with Art Johnson at the San Diego Museum of Art
2001 Created the idea of having a Jazz Family Concert night using brothers, married couples and families of jazz musicians at the San Diego Museum of Art
2000 Afternoon Jazz Concerts at Lycium Theater with Art Johnson
1999Afternoon Jazz Concerts at Scripps Hospital with Burt Turetsky
1998 Young Audiences Concerts for Grammar Schools with Burt Turetsky
1991-1993 Created Singers Show Case to give singers a chance to perfom publicly

2001 Organized, lead and performed The Bose In Harmony With Education History of Jazz School Concerts
2000 Clincian for the Jazz Artirst;s Guild of San Diego Jazz Summer Camp
2000 Created column Jazz-arello’s Corner to show -case local players for the Jazz Artist’s Guild
1999 Wrote and performed big-band arrangement with The Exerter High School Band

1998 Director for San Diego Church of Religious Science Rev. Virgina Barnes
1994-1996 Musical Director for San Diego Church of Religious Science Rev.Leo Fishbeck
1990 Created and hosted radio program “Piano Masters” for KSDS, San Diego
1987 -1989 Acompianist for Learning Annex, San Diego.
1975-1983 Accompianist at Dick Grove School of Music.
Conducted and arranged for John Valenti with Aeriola Records.
1970 Composer and arranger for the University of Buffalo Jazz ensemble and big band.

•References available upon request.