“What I like about Joe is he can play it all, what I mean is if you need funky rhythm or some pedal to the metal he can give you that. But I guess the other part anout Joe is, he is pure musician, which are becoming a rare breed.” — Bootsy Collins
Joe Mas is a Philadelphia born guitarist/multi-instrumentalist who has a colorful history as one can see through this journey of his musical past.
In the 1980s Joe worked with Jon Bon Jovi at The Power Station in New York, where the two met and worked with multi platinum record producer and guitarist extraordinaire, Lance Quinn. Joe fronted a power trio called Picture This, playing numerous shows as an open act for such artists as Skid Row, Patty Smyth, and Chris Issak, and others. Joe also played in a backup band that toured with the stars of early rock and roll. Among these acts were David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, The Chiffons, Gary U. S. Bonds, and Philadelphia’s own The Dovells.
In the 1990s Joe played with The Philadelphia 76ers House Band. This band played at all of The 76ers home games and also traveled to Europe. One memorable event was a private affair in Siena Italy featuring players that formerly played and toured with Whitney Houston, Chicago, Musiksoulchild, Ray Charles and others. Throughout his career Joe as always been for hire as a studio musician and sideman. His 1999 work with David Fox won the John Lennon songwriting competition.
In 2001/2002 Joe played with John Alberti’s Latin Jazz group Sabroso. Also in 2002 Joe served as Grammy Award Artist Michael Sembello’s musical director. 2005 brought Joe to Range Records as Musical Director. Here he worked on Suzanne Gorman’s record which went to number 6 (FMQB). Joe began to travel to Los Angeles California to do the NAMM show for D’Andrea. While in LA, Joe worked on the record Revolution Of The Spirit. Musicians included: Ringo Starr, Gregg Phillinganes, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Haslip, Nat Watts, and Doug Grigsby among others. He also met and befriended legendary bassist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member Bootsy Collins, with whom he has had continued collaborations.
In 2003 Joe was featured in producer Tom Emmi’s series Studio Jams. This episode featured Rod Morganstern and T. Lavitz along with another Philadelphia legend Eric Bazillian.
In 2004 Joe performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival with Robert Hazard. Joe has a long history playing with Robert dating back to 1993. Joe met and befriended another Philly legend Essra Mowhawk. Joe has performed with Essra many times including headlining the world famous Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK.
Recently Joe has been devoted to writing and recording his own music, working with producer Brian Bricklin and engineer Kevin Wesley Williams on a project called Soul Shred. In 2011 Joe recorded at The Sanctuary in Redbank, NJ, which is Jon Bon Jovi’s private studio.
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Levels Taught: All
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