Born of Italian
immigrant parents, Joe was encouraged by his cousin to take up bass
at age 9, and almost immediately began playing publicly in bands
with his brother, for weddings and special occasions. Joe and his
family knew early on that he would someday become a professional
Joe spent his teenage years practicing and
continuing to play in public, and studying with bassist Willie Jarvis.
Though an excellent athlete in high school, he never let his athletics
get in the way of his bass. This discipline allowed Joe to gain
entrance to the music program at Mohawk
College in Hamilton, ON, where he studied under Michael Farquharson
and Steve Wallace, among others. Upon graduation, Joe immediately
began teaching bass privately, where both he and his students found
that he had a natural ability to inspire young musicians.
It wasn't long before Joe began playing dates
for Italian entertainer Salvatore Panetta, taking him as far away
as Trail, BC, and the Eastern United States. During his stint with
Panetta, Joe's cousin once again played a role in his career and
in 1990, introduced Joe to Bill Kent of the band Double Exposure,
whom he had met while on vacation. Double Exposure, as it
turns out, was looking for a bass player. After a subsequent audition
and emphatic approval from John B. Miller and Thom Wolf, who were
already members of the band at the time, Joe was in.
The next 10 years saw Joe as a permanent
member of Double Exposure, playing a variety of different
engagements from corporate events for companies such as Air Canada,
to weddings to nightclubs and university pubs. This period with
Double Exposure formed the solid relationships with Thom
and John that would lead to the formation of Coming Of Age,
as a part-time project starting in 1997, and finally becoming a
full-time pursuit in January 2001. In 2015 Joe began playing in
the band Lipstick Scream with Cheryl Hardy.
Joe has appeared on numerous live and studio
recording projects for Double Exposure and others, including
Matt Teeter's Gifts,
a Christmas CD that raised money for the Guelph Wish Fund for
Children. Joe has also appeared on recordings with latin instrumentalist
and international recording artist Johannes
Linstead, and guitarist Steve Manning.
Joe lives in Kitchener, ON, where, between
gigs, he teaches bass and guitar in Kitchener and Milton, as well
as the University of Guelph.
here for photos of Joe and a description of his Gear.