Joe LoCascio has spent a lifetime creating and performing music. He has composed music using a variety of techniques and has performed and recorded jazz prolifically and to much critical acclaim.
A student of David Barnett, John Mehegan and Neil Slater at the University of Bridgeport, LoCascio went on to perform and record with major jazz figures such as Chet Baker, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Frank Rehak, Freddie Hubbard, Mel Lewis, Bob Brookmeyer, George Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Marvin Stamm, Carl Fontana, Hank Crawford, Ernie Watts, Arnett Cobb and Jon Faddis, among others.
A prolific composer in traditional and jazz idioms, recent commissioned works include Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra; Concerto for Contrabass and Chamber Orchestra; “Ben Turner’s Blues” for Woodwind Ensemble; 13 for Piano; 4 Bagatelles for Saxophone Quartet; “Scars” for Tenor Saxophone and Fixed Media; “Tattoo” for Solo Tenor Saxophone; and "In the Wilderness, the Cities" a 3 movement work for Piano,Violin and Violoncello.
He is currently Assistant Chairman of Jazz Studies and Composition at Houston Community College, a position he has held since 1995. He teaches Improvisation, Arranging and Composition, Jazz Ensemble, Music Fundamentals, Music Appreciation, and Improvisation Theory.
LoCascio is now working in collaboration with Saxophonist Woody Witt on various projects.
About Joe LoCascio
Joe LoCascio, Pianist/Composer