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Joe Ercole from Georgia Atlanta

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                                                                    Joseph C Ercole

Joe started playing piano at the age of 9. He studied at Peabody Conservatory of Baltimore on a scholarship.  Once a month the faculty monitored Joe’s progress. He would have to play in the concert hall for the faculty behind closed doors.
After a year, a handful of professors would offer to teach him for free and come to his house. To cut down on travel time his father elected to have them come to him. That went on for 4 years.  Then Joe heard the Beatles and turned his interest toward that genre of music, despite his father’s disappointment.  At the age of 13 he started a band and started to play rock and roll and Motown cover tunes.

At 16 he heard Jimmy Smith the jazz organist and his attention turned to jazz.  He would listen with his head between 2 speakers for hours.  He became very curious as to what he was listening to.  A friend told him about Berklee College of Music.  He inquired, and decided that this is where he wanted to go to college.  While he made plans for the move he studied classical and contemporary music with Dr. Drucker of Julliard.   After he had things in place and begging permission from his parents he moved at 20 years of age with his girlfriend Denise.  They spent 2 years there and Joe and his new wife ran out of money and went on the road with an R&B show band called The New Censation.  After touring Europe and the states they decided to move back to Boston and finish school.  While attending Berklee, Joe studied with renowned jazz teacher Charlie Banacos on Saturdays for 3 years and studied Be-Bop and contemporary jazz.  Joe absorbed it like a sponge.  He spent 12 hours a day practicing and transcribing the greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett.  He would painstakingly listen to vinyl records and transcribe note for note what was being played. That was quite a tall order by anyone’s standards.

He then graduated at the top of his class summa cum laude and moved back home. He was hired to write music for an off-Broadway musical called “Kaboom” in New York produced and directed by “Godspell’s” John Michael Tebelak.  His music got great reviews from the critics.  He began teaching and enjoyed showing other musicians everything he learned.

Then he decided to get in the business of writing original scores for TV, radio, and documentaries.  While he was doing this he continued to study with Dr. Zlotnick, a professor of music from New England conservatory.

After starting a company known as Clean Cuts Music, he composed all the music for regional and national commercials, writing for the biggest advertising agencies in the world, McCann-Erikson and W.B.Donor as well as others.  He won Clios, Emmys, and other advertising awards.  After 7 years he had a different vision from his partner and left the company.  During this time he wrote and produced a techno CD called No Code.  A single called “Brake” was an underground favorite in the New York and Miami club scene.  His next project was Manhattan Nights, which was his solo smooth jazz debut.
Tracks like “Bluesville” and “Blackbird” were noted by reviewers but got lost in the shuffle because of improper promotion from the record label. He then got signed to N-coded Music, a label of Warlock Records in New York. He composed, produced, and formed a new jazz group called Bona Fide. They had a number 1 hit in 2001 and were voted best new smooth jazz act of the year (Oasis Award). Joe got rave reviews for his keyboard wizardry and his producing skills. “ The Avenue” and “Club Charles” are still in regular rotation on Atlanta’s smooth jazz station 107.5 as well as other stations nationwide.
HBO heard his tracks on the 2nd CD called “The Poe House” and licensed 5 of them for “Sex and The City”.

Joe scored his first full-length film called Pousse Café which premiered at the Sundance film festival.  He also scored a short Film called Groom with a View that premiered at a film festival in Fire Island and scored notable documentaries on the children’s foster care system in America (The Beat Down Club) and recently a number  of documentaries on the Holocaust for a charitable organization called 42:7 trust  formerly known as Exobus.

In the meantime Joe met Dr. Sherif Meleka from Egypt who is a poet and lyricist who asked him to produce a CD of Arabic songs. At this time Joe was very interested in this form of music and had the pleasure of working with top Egyptian musicians who were flown to the USA for this project.  For the past nine years Joe has studied the music of Arab countries, which brings about his new release called EXPOSED.  This highlights a new mix of jazz and Arabic flavors in some of his tracks. Exposed also has tracks of Joes signature funk-jazz flavor with an addition to film score-like music that will take the listener to far away places and dreams.

Joe now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Denise and continues to write for National commercials, award winning Documentaries, film trailers and producing artists of various genres and is now ready to release his new CD….EXPOSED.

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"Exposed" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 22 Apr 2009 05:51 AM

Accomplished instrumentalist/composer, Joe Ercole gives an outstanding performance with his recently released album “Exposed.” A talented and gifted pianist, with several accolades under his belt, Ercole has performed and written for various musical outlets. Original and inventive to the jazz/funk styles of music, Ercole decided to delve into the Arabic musical influences and takes the listener on a new journey of music. The CD is a testament to Joe’s creativity and musicianship. Sweet and soothing, “Oasis” is true to jazz form and offers up a moving solo on guitar. “Hypnotize” is a great example of the Arabic persuasion with vocals singing a melodic chant. “Master Suite” changes from the piano to a stinging jazz organ with infectious funky beats. “Exposed” is an exceptional mixture of jazz/funk with a touch of Arabic bringing listeners to a new and refreshing musical voyage.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Ted Hasiuk
Joe Ercole ... Exposed!! 

Upon starting piano at the age of nine, it was clear that Joe Ercole was no ordinary talent. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore on a scholarship and then went on to gain distinction as a summa cum laude graduate from Berklee in Boston. He spent some time writing scores for film, TV, and radio while additionally gaining recognition for his original compositions that were used in national ad campaigns. After recording a pair of projects, which included a techno effort and his smooth jazz debut, Ercole went on to gain some measure of fame as a founding member of the hip & funky band known as Bona Fide, voted best new smooth jazz group at the 2001 Oasis Award. 

Having immersed himself in the music of the countries of the Middle East for the past several years, Ercole has now fused many contrasting elements into his latest �oeuvre� that may well toss the contemporary scene onto its head!! With themes that range from refined, cinematic, and smooth to techno, Arabic, and full out funk-fests, Ercole entitled this artistic �m�lange� Exposed! Exhibiting musicianship & playing of the highest calibre thruout, on this endeavour the now Atlanta-based keyboardist whisks us away to many a distant place. Personal highlights include the almost title track in the Arabian-house-enhanced tune called Exposure. Other standout selections include the somewhat Bona Fide reminiscent thumping beat of the organ-ic Master Suite, the free for all festivities of Babaloop, and the trance-inducing chants in Hypnotize. The cut Oasis is a rather obvious smooth choice not only for its melodious content but also for its allusive name, while Ercole explores the softer side of his multi-faceted style with the tranquil lullaby of Mc Bear and the gentle caress of Greatest Love. Running a gamut of tempos and textures from delicate to insistent, on this most recent release, Joe Ercole is indeed �Exposed� as the diverse and major jazz-talent that he is!!

- Ted Hasiuk for Caf� Jazz

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POSTED BY: Jazfy POSTED ON: 23 Mar 2009 04:14 AM

I love all music. I graduated from Berklee College of Music. At that time I was mainly interested in jazz, be-bop and fusion. As time went by I got interested in global music. Especially arabic, turkish music, old and new alike. I find the scales, microtunings, and rhythms fasinating. I've had the pleasure to work with top players from Egypt. They were oud, ney, and tabla players.

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