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  Joe Utterback (1944), jazz pianist and composer, native of Kansas, has performed in concert throughout the United States and Europe.

  His jazz-influenced compositions reflect the energy, color, and moods of his jazz piano improvisations and formal classical training.

  The idiom is tonal, the melodies vocal in nature. Utterback draws on jazz and blues traditions, Romantic and Impressionist colors, and, at times, gospel styles. His style has been highly influenced by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner. He also includes among his favorite influential jazz musicians Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker. Joe's compositions reflect these influences; they also evidence a highly unique personal style.

  Joe composes for solo piano, organ, chorus, harpsichord, vocal solo, piano and organ duet, instrumental ensembles, and student jazz piano. His works are published exclusively by Jazzmuze, Inc., (732)747-5227.

  Commissions have come regularly from both sides of the Atlantic: from vocal soloists, choirs, opera singers, concert pianists, harpsichordists, instrumentalists, organists, and fans interested in celebrating special events in their lives?weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Utterback's student piano compositions have been selected for performance lists of state and regional piano competitions.

  The composer's compositions have been premiered in such venues as London's Wigmore Hall, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Madrid's Teatro Nacional, Austrian castles, the Dayton Art Museum, Princeton and Harvard Universities, New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, and London's Westminster Cathedral, among others.

  The composer holds degrees from Wichita State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. His piano works have been recorded by David Allen Wehr, his organ music by Dr. Andrew Shenton, and his piano and organ duets by the Canadian Duo Majoya.

  Utterback's jazz-influenced compositions have continued to delight audiences by their harmonies, melodic sensitivity, and infectious rhythmic drive.

Joe lives in Connecticut, where he maintains a private studio.

Dr. Joe conducts the Oratorio Choir
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