Joe Kaplowitz, jazz pianist

Joe Kaplowitz is a versatile jazz pianist, jazz organist and composer who spent most of his youth growing up in the Washington DC area. He began playing the piano at age 7 and was playing piano and tuba professionally by 15. In his youth Joe was a devoted student of his parent’s record collection and was inspired by the music of Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus and many other great Jazz musicians.

In 1995 he completed his degree in music from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Joe remained in the northeastern Ohio region for several years and performed regularly with his own trio and was a first call pianist in the area. In 1996 Joe began to play the Hammond B3 organ and has been working to find new sounds and to use the instrument in new musical settings. One such setting is a duo with New York percussionist Phil Kester in which musical ideas from around the planet are being infused with improvisation. Joe has returned to live in the Washington DC area and has one piano trio recording, ‘Trio Construction’

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