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Take Five With Joe Bagg

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Meet Joe Bagg:

Joe Bagg earned his Masters Degree from Rutgers University, studying with Kenny Barron.

He has played, toured, and/or recorded with Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Higgins, Larry Coryell, Anthony Wilson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bud Shank, Jack Sheldon, Alphonse Mouzon, Bill Holman, Arthur Blythe, and many more.

Joe Bagg

Joe co-leads Option 3, which released its first CD in 2008, consisting of original tunes and guitarist Jamie Rosenn.


Piano and Hammond B3.

Teachers and/or influences?

Influences on piano: Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley and Brad Mehldau.

Influences on organ: Larry Goldings, Larry Young, Dan Wall, Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (Columbia)—Kind of Predictable.

CDs you are listening to now:

Keith Jarrett, Yesterdays (ECM);

Miles Davis, Live at the Blackhawk (Columbia);

Kevin Hays, Andalucia (Blue Note);

Bloomdaddies, Racer X (Self Produced) ;

Art Tatum, Solo Masterpieces (Pablo).

Desert Island picks:

Bud Powell, Verve Box Set (Verve);

Miles Davis, Plugged Nickel Box Set (Columbia);

Paul Desmond, Complete RCA Bluebird Recordings with Jim Hall (RCA);

Bluebird Keith Jarrett, Live at the Blue Note Box Set (ECM);

James Brown, Star Time (Box Set) (Polydor).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? In flux. Hopefully getting better eventually.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be: Some kind of scientist.

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