Born Joseph Brent Bagale on March 22nd 1983 in Rochester, NY. Joe Bagale is one of the most original and creative artists of his generation. A singersongwriter/composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who is pushing the envelope of what we know as “POP” music. His compositions are a blend of old-school funk/R&B mixed with the sounds of late 60′s/70′s rock and topped off with a jazz/avant-garde influence, coming together to create a style entirely all his own.”
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Joe attended the Eastman School of Music as a jazz-performance major in drumset. His musical experiences in Rochester included lessons from Rich Thompson, Steve Gadd, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter (bass), Clay Jenkins (trumpet) and his father, John Bagale. When Joe was 17 years old he received the “Outstanding Rhythm Section Award” in the “Essentially Ellington Competition” presented by Wynton Marsalis. While focusing on drumset, Joe was also developing outstanding skills on the piano, guitar, and bass, while developing his vocal and compositional ability. Leaving Eastman early, Joe moved to San Francisco in search of his calling, where he now plays drums with the Matt Berkeley Trio, plays Bass and sings for Disappear Incompletely, is a featured vocalist for Brass, Bows, and Beats and leads the Joe Bagale Band.”
Joe has a diverse fan base, having appeared for thousands at festivals and venues along both coasts including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall in NYC, Promise For Peace, the San Francisco Jazz Festival and the San Francisco North Beach Jazz Festival. He has shared the stage with the likes of Antibalas, Benevento-Russo Duo, Will Bernard’s Motherbug, A.L.O., and has performed with Terrill Stafford, Christian McBride, Eric Reed, and Fred Wesley. His long-awaited solo release, combines Joe’s diverse influences into a soulful expression of sound. Not only has Joe written and produced the album, he also played keyboards, drumset, aux. percussion, guitars, bass, synths, samples and sang lead and backup vocals. Tracks such as “Georgia Peach” and “I Need You” reveal true inspiration and are speaking to a growing legion of fans. By connecting with his audience, and displaying phenomenal talent, Joe is creating a revolution. Mass-market appeal hasn’t been blended with soul like this since the heydays of Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan.