Joseph Jones began studying the bassoon at age 12 when his piano teacher said, “Joey, you might be good at the bassoon.” Several years and many concerts later Joe is a professional bassoonist now based in Manhattan.
Joe has a passion for early music and in 2013 he was awarded a McKnight Foundation “Next Step” grant to help purchase a baroque bassoon and explore his love of baroque music. Currently pursuing a graduate diploma in historical performance at the Juilliard school, Joe is kept busy playing with the J415 ensemble. Other groups he has performed with on baroque bassoon include: American Bach Soloists, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and Oratory Sacred Bach.
For 5 years Joe served as the principal bassoonist with the Minnesota Sinfonia. While living in Minneapolis he was also the artistic director for the St. Paul Postal Band and music faculty at Normandale Community College. Joseph graduated summa cum laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Music. He obtained his Master of Music degree in bassoon performance from the University of Minnesota. Among other academic honors Joe was a Berneking Fellow and was selected to perform as a concerto soloist three times. His primary bassoon teachers include John W. Miller, Norbert Neilubowski, and Dennis Hirst.
Also passionate about new music, Joe has performed/recorded with Rock, Folk, and Jazz, as well as Art-Music groups. His own compositions span a range of genres including collaborations with singers, songwriters, film makers, and choreographers.