Upon graduation from California State University Northridge with a Degree in classical guitar, Joe went on to become one of L.A.’s most sought after studio guitarists. Combining classical knowledge with a heavy rock background, proved to work in his favor. At a very young age, he began playing on such blockbuster films as Rocky I, Rocky III, An Officer and A Gentleman, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones The Last Crusade, Stripes, Summersby and The Karate Kid. Joe has also worked on such long running television series as Dukes of Hazard, Fame, Knots Landing, L.A. Law, M*A*S*H and Quantum Leap. He has played for and recorded with many artists including Peabo Bryson, Olita Adams, Christopher Cross, Melissa Manchester, Michael McDonald, Bert Bacharach, Dion Warwick, Frank Sinatra, Chicago, George Benson, Kenny Rogers, Pink Floyd “The Wall”, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Buck Page (founder of the Riders of the Purple Sage), RW Hampton, Lionel Richie and Phil Collins.
In addition to Joe’s extensive recording career, he is an accomplished composer,arranger and songwriter. He composes music for TV such as The Bachelor In Paris, Bachelor in Rome, The Miss America Pageant as well as several motion picture scores. He has written hundreds of radio promos, movie trailers and jingles include spots for Chevrolet, Ford, Mitsubishi, and Toyota.
Joe has received a Billboard Award for composing and producing “Best Female Latin Record of the Year” for Charo’s Guitar Passion CD. He was also nominated for two Grammy Awards for his production of the 2005 Buck Page CD Right Place to Start. In addition to the success he has attained as a world class studio guitarist, computer sequencing, Midi, editing and sound design are also among the many areas of Joe’s expertise.