Often known as "Dr. Joe", he is a virtuoso pianist and
composer born in Kansas. He
studied at the Wichita State University and gained his Doctorate in Music from
the University of Kansas. He
began his career in the 1960s where he performed a gig in Wichita, Kansas, and
since then he has performed throughout the United Stated and Europe. He has made numerous recordings
since the 1960s, with one of the first being Christmas Eve at the Wurlitzer
where he performed on the organ of the Miller Theatre in Wichita, before it
was demolished. Acclaimed for
his performance of jazz, ballads, blues and Broadway numbers he is also
recognised for his piano improvs.
Each year he performs at the Tony Awards gala, each Christmas season
he performs in the lobby of the Empire State Building and each week he
performs at Regents in New York.
As a composer he has written over 225 compositions of which many are
works for the piano, organ and harpsichord that he has received ASCAP
awards for annually since 1991.
As a teacher he holds improvisation
workshops and is on the faculty of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield,
Connecticut. He is also Director
of the Stratford Sister Cities Chorus and Organist and Music Director of the
First Congregational Church of Stratford, Connecticut.
Louis Alter & Eddie DeLange recordings
Do You Know What It
Means to Miss New Orleans
Connoisseur CD 4215
Piano - Joe Utterback