Joe Whitney attended Howard University where he earned a Bachelors of Music degree with a concentration in Music Therapy. Upon graduation, he worked as a music therapist and music teacher for the Fairfax County Public School system. He earned his Masters of Music degree with a concentration in Jazz Studies from George Mason University, studying saxophone with Dr. Tyler Kuebler. At Mason, he played lead alto saxophone and solo tenor saxophone in the Mason Jazz Ensembles. Joe Whitney has had the opportunity to perform across the world and perform at concert halls in Tokyo, Yokosuka, Shanghai, and Beijing. He has shared the stage with legendary jazz artists including: Donald Byrd, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Heath, Keter Betts, Yusef Lateef, Phil Woods, and many others. He has completed two semesters of doctoral studies and is on the faculty of the Potomac Arts Academy of George Mason University.
tenor, soprano, & alto saxophone
Joe Whitney has performed at many feature venues such as The National Air and Space Museum, Shanghai Concert Hall, Carnegie Institution, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sylvan Amphitheatre, Embassy of Japan, Washington Ritz Carlton, Phillips Collection, St. Regis, The W Hotel, The National Harbor, Twins Jazz, Twins Lounge, The Carlyle Club, The Black Cat, HR-57, Black Fox, 219 Basin Street, Takoma Station, Columbia Station, Posh, Cities and many others. He has been a featured soloist at The International Saxophone Symposium, The Middleburg Cool Jazz Festival, The John Kirby Jazz Festival, and The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.
Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Joe began playing the alto saxophone at age 9. Two years later, he switched to soprano saxophone and later added tenor saxophone. He picked up bass guitar in high school and quickly earned a reputation among local rock bands. He vividly remembers practicing daily and rehearsing after school with a rock band put together of neighborhood friends, "we would play into the very late hours of the night and would finally stop when the neighbors would tap on the walls". That neighborhood band would eventually compete and go on to win a renowned "Battle of The Bands" sponsored by a popular radio station.
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