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 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.