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Joe Farnsworth


Joe Farnsworth is already regarded as one of the top jazz drummers in the world, but as far as he is concerned, he is just getting started. He is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming as conceived by men like Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Arthur Taylor and it keeps him in the practice room trying to continue and extend it. Joe was born on February 21, 1968 in South Hadley, Massachusetts into an unusually musical family. His father was a renowned music teacher who immersed his five sons, and it became clear early on that, Joe as the youngest would choose a career in music and would ultimately be a great success



Label: Alys Jazz
Released: 2023
Track listing: Says Who?; Prim and Proper; A Mother's Love; Train of Thought; A Stitch in Time; Bird in the Hand; O Mito; Mr. Walton; Rest and Be Thankful; Just the Ticket; A Song for Herbie.


What's Love?

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Feelin' It In Your Bones; Firefly; For All We Know; Catalyst; I'm Moving On; What's Love Got To Do With It; Just When I Thought; With You; Let Life Lead You; Blues That Soothe My Soul; I'll Love Again; Born To Be Blue; Right Here, Right Now.


Live At Smalls Jazz Club

Label: Cellar Music group
Released: 2023
Track listing: Four; At Last; My Funny Valentine; Meditation; Blues For Smalls; Nearness Of You; New York, New York; When Sunny Gets Blue.


Far Far Away

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Far Far Away; Infinity; It Might As Well Be Spring; Nowhere To Hide; Obsession; Pat; Search For Peace; Little Falls.


In What Direction Are You Headed?

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Terra Nova; Filters; In What Direction Are You Headed?"; Composition 4; Two Way Street; Safe Corners; Bobby No Bags; Someday We'll All Be Free.


Live at Smalls Jazz Club

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Gingerbread Boy; Ceora; Cup Bearers; These Foolish Things; Juicy Lucy; Rhythm-a-Ning; Street of Dreams; Love for Sale.


Blues For Gerry

Label: Criss Cross
Released: 2023
Track listing: Here Again; Tangerine; Blues For Gerry; Firm Roots; Body And Soul; It Could Happen To You; Skylark; Minor Disturbance; You Know I Care; Here We Go.


Article: Album Review

Joe Farnsworth: In What Direction Are You Headed?

Read "In What Direction Are You Headed?" reviewed by Dave Linn

Joe Farnsworth grew up in a musical family and began playing drums at a young age. He later attended and graduated from William Patterson College in New Jersey, where the staff included Harold Mabern and Cedar Walton, who would prove instrumental in kick-starting his career. He landed a gig with Benny Golson that lasted eight years ...


Article: Album Review

Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made to Sing

Read "Songs Were Made to Sing" reviewed by Dave Linn

One of eleven children, Mary Stallings was born in San Francisco in 1939. In her teens, she began singing in San Francisco night clubs and performed with Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Red Mitchell, Teddy Edwards, and Wes Montgomery. Before graduating from high school, she joined R&B singer Louis Jordan's Tympani Five. In the early '60s, she ...


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