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Saxophonist Joel Press is a versatile musician who has performed with such diverse players as pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Jimmy Garrison of the John Coltrane Quartet, vocalist Sheila Jordan and Duke Ellington's ubiquitous cornetist/ violinist/ vocalist Ray Nance.

In an age of retro preoccupation by younger players, Joel Press speaks the language of swing based, post-World War II jazz in as singular a fashion as any living saxophonist. He has been listening to this music all of his life, and playing it for more than half a century.

 

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Upcoming performances:

SATURDAY AFTERNOONS WITH THE JOEL PRESS QUARTET..... 4:30-7pm

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB 183 WEST 10th Street in GREENWICH VILLAGE

Saturday, September 27th
Joel Press tenor and soprano sax
Tadataka Unno piano
Aidan Odonnel bass
Fukushi Tainaka drum



Interview by Jon Kalish of NPR (.mp3)
Jazz Lives Article: Joel Press, Swing Explorer (March 14, 2009)

Jazz Lives: Poetic: Michael Kanan, Joel Press, Sean Smth, Joe Hunt (Smalls, May 13, 2011)

Profile in New York Jazz Record December 2013 (.pdf)



 

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