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Joe Augustine

  • Jazz
  • Pianist

Biography

Whether playing classic standards or his own compositions, Joe Augustine's inventive musical style has been described as accessible and engaging…lyrical, even playful. The melody always remains solidly up front. This fresh new sound lies somewhere between Oscar Peterson and Dave Grusin with a little Fats Waller stride style tossed in for good measure. A national recording artist of long standing, Augustine's 13 th CD Jazzscapes was inspired by paintings from the collection of the Butler Institute of American Art.


A synergy of art and jazz, visual art as inspiration for sonic art is the recording's basic concept. Augustine draws on his own experience as pianist, composer and arranger to create just the right blend of melody, harmony and rhythm to render his musical masterpiece. This trio project is his third CD for 1201 Music, an independent East Coast Jazz Label. All 1201 music titles are now available on-line including the newest and fourth addition to Joe's collection, Solo Elegant. License to Groove and Cool Today, Jazz Tonight, also for 1201 Music, feature piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, acoustic bass, guitar, drums, and percussion.


The music ranges from funky to lyrical and is a mix of jazz standards, and Augustine originals. Previously Augustine recorded seven albums for Revere Records, a West coast label, beginning in 1992 with Reminisce. Others include Alone, Swing~Then & Now, Chapter and Verse, Touching you, Christmas is… and Moondance. For his first national label, Moulin D'or, Augustine recorded – Sentimental Journey, Swinging on a Star and Synergy. CD's are available nationally from retail music stores and on-line at www.joeaugustine.com .


Additionally, Augustine has recorded for two prominent players systems, fourteen recordings and one video for QRS “Pianomation ” and five for PianoDisc . During his career, Augustine has received numerous honors, including selection to the roster of Steinway artists in 1995-a life-long honor. He has appeared in a variety of musical settings from jazz clubs to symphony halls and is featured as guest artist with the Youngstown Symphony for their first commercial recording….
Home for the Holidays. Augustine also lectures extensively at colleges and universities on subjects such as “Music as a Business and Anixiety and Performance.” This seminar is designed to help students with marketing themselves and their music skills. On many campuses, he often conducts Master Classes as well. These programs have been given rave reviews by college faculty and students nationwide. Joe Augustine's serious study of the piano began at age 15.

He played professionally six nights a week while earning a degree from Youngstown State University . Classical training with Dolores Fitzer and extensive jazz and compositional training with Gene Rush coupled with study in New York with masters in the jazz field distinguishes Augustine's work from other players. Joe's New York Trio performed in Beverly Hills , CA in January 2005 as a guest of Steinway ad Sons at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel. Also, in January, Joe performed 3 solo concerts in Maui .


He performed a series of events at the design center in San Francisco , CA and a series of lectures under the auspices of Steinway (Sherman Clay Co.- San Francisco, CA). Great News! The University of Akron 's School of Music is very proud to announce that Joe Augustine has been appointed ARTIST in RESIDENCE in the Jazz Studies Program. His activities will encompass four categories.


Teaching/lecturing, service/community outreach, development and research. Joe's life-long appointment as a Steinway Artist reflects dedication and commitment only to be enhanced by this collaboration. Joe and his trio recently performed at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus at Notre Dame in South Bend , IN. A Steinway & Sons sponsored event.