Joe Traina has kept jazz bands of various sizes together and working extensively in the New York-New Jersey metro area since 1990. His groups have appeared at Iridium, The Rainbow Room, Tavern on the Green, Sardi's, The Player's Club, Metronome and many others.
He has produced and recorded four compact discs including “Friday Evenings at Sardi’s,” “Only in New York,” “Tea for Two” and “Ten by Eleven.” Traina's next recording "Tip of the Hat", featuring the Joe Traina Septet, is now available at the shop on this website.
About "Tip of the Hat," Ken Peplowski says:
"Great songs, great arrangements & great musicianship add up to a wonderful listening experience."
According to Sammy Nestico, legendary jazz arranger (for among others Barbra Streisand and Steve Allen):
"Traina's unique approach takes the art of standards and swing in a new direction."
Joe has worked with dozens of nationally renowned jazz and Broadway orchestra musicians including Chuck Bergeron, Scott Neumann, Mike Holober, Jeb Patton, Lee Musiker, Mike Karn, Grant Stewart, Greg Gisbert, Scott Wendholt and Pete McGuinness.
Three-time GRAMMY Award nominee trombonist, vocalist and arranger Pete McGuinness and Traina have worked together on all recordings and McGuinness has arranged all of the charts for Traina’s quartet, quintet, septet and dectet.
For two and one-half years Joe Traina held forth at world-famous Sardi’s Restaurant in New York’s theatre district presenting not only many jazz musicians but vocalists from Broadway shows and cabaret including Marin Mazzie, Karen Ziemba, Lillias White, Howard McGillin, Tim Di Pasqua, Jo Sullivan Loesser and Terri White.