Joe Magnarelli moved to New York City in 1986 and soon became a
regular participant in the New York and international jazz scene.
From 1987, he toured and recorded with Lionel Hampton and Brother
has nine records out as a leader, and has played on numerous jazz
labels as a sideman. In 1990, Joe was a semifinalist at the Thelonious
Monk International Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.
Joe made his
debut as a leader with 1994s Why Not (Criss Cross).
He followed that excellent album with three others on the Criss
Cross label: Always There (1997), Mr. Mags
(2000) and Hoop Dreams (2005).
released "Persistence" (2007) and "My Old Flame"
(2010), his first big band recording as a leader. He also made two albums co-leading
a sextet with the legendary Philadelphia trumpeter John Swana: Philly-New
York Junction (1998), and New York-Philly Junction
Mags performed with the great Latin jazz conguero Ray Barrettos
New Sextet. Joe recorded on Rays Time Was, Time Is
(O+ Music), which was nominated for a Grammy.
career included touring and recording with Lionel Hampton, Jack
McDuff, Toshiko Akioshi, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr.
and the Hard Bop Quintet.
Also, Joe has worked and toured with the Vanguard Orchestra, Jane
Monheit, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Alvin Queen, Dado
Maroni, Marty Sheller, Tom Harrell Big Band, George Gruntz, Harry
Whitaker, Walt Weiskopf, Grant Stewart, Charles Davis, Nick Brignola,
JR Monterose, Gary Smulyan, The Carnegie Hall Orchestra, Don Sebesky,
John Pizzarelli, Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams,
Michael Feinstein, and the Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Joe is currently
an adjunct professor of music at the Juilliard School of Music and
Rutgers University. He also conducts clinics and master classes
around the world, sharing his musical experience and his knowledge
from his past teachers. These teachers have included Jack Palmer,
Sal Amico, Tommy Turrentine, James Moody, Garry Dial, Arnold Jacobs,
and William Vachianno.
as he is known, first played music at age 12, starting with guitar
and trumpet lessons. He also picked out songs on the piano by ear.
Joes early performance experience, from elementary through
high school, came via playing the trumpet and guitar in church.
Later, while attending Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, he
was the pianist and choir director at the Central Baptist Church
In 1986, Joe
received a bachelors degree in liberal arts from the State
University of New York in Fredonia, and that year, he moved to New
York City to pursue a career in music.