Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Joel Fairstein has earned critical praise as jazz pianist, composer, producer, and studio musician. His first album, Umbra, an LP recorded at age 24 with eighteen sidemen has since become a sought-after collectors item.
Joel graduated from Berklee college in 1983 and freelanced regularly in Boston before performing cruise ship gigs in the Bahamas and Hawaii. Returning to Knoxville in 1985, Joel began an extended period of engagements with his piano trio and earned his Masters in Music in 1992 at the University Of Tennessee, where he studied with Donald Brown.
My musical approach is about finding original grooves, themes, and solos in which every note counts. That's how the Southern musicians I grew up listening to approached everything. Once the feel is there, you can take chances and explore the musical landscape without losing your listeners.