Joe Bilardo and Lou Colombo at the Roadhouse Cafe Ft. Myers
Percussionist Joe Bilardo hails from of Cleveland OH. Some of his family members were the first musicians to perform on local radio.
Joe’s father Sam and Uncle Vince were active on the music scene in Cleveland and afforded to Joe many opportunities in music at an early age. He studied with Charlie Wilcox, Jim Chapin and Harvey Mason. Joe’s family background exposed him to a wide range of musical styles including classical, jazz, big band, bebop, funk and rock.
Through his family connections, Joe became familiar with great jazz musicians such as Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Joe Howard, Ellie Frankel, Clyde McCoy, Ray Anthony, Count Basie, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Marilyn Maye and many more.
A typical weekend for the teenaged Joe Bilardo: a big band show at Blossom Music center, Rock and Roll with one of Cleveland’s 60s hit-makers, Saturday playing James Brown-style Soul, and Sunday with the Polish Ballet on tympani.
Joe studied formally at Kent State and Cleveland State Universities in Ohio. His playing career took him to many venues in Ohio as well as Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, among others.
Currently in Ft. Myers, FL, Joe works as a free-lance drummer and also as a network specialist for Lee County FL public schools. He appears every Monday night at the Roadhouse Cafe Ft. Myers with the Joe Delaney Trio.
Joe Delaney, a gifted and highly original jazz pianist, appears frequently at The Roadhouse Cafe in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Listen to “Loro” composed by Egberto Gizmonti.
Joe will be appearing with the Dan Miller Quartet beginning Octobe r2016. For reservations, please call 239-415-4375 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to “It’s You or No One” composed by Jule Styne and Sammy Kahn.
Joe Delaney was born in Brockton, Mass. and grew up in Whitman, just south of Boston. Joe’s father Ed Delaney was also a pianist. Joe started playing at age 3, learning by ear from records, family parties and his father’s band rehearsals. Joe says, “I picked it up and still play about 90% by ear.”
“Costa Rica” by Joe Delaney
Joe started formal instruction and began performing in pubic at the age of 5. Joe says, “Once we started little kid tunes, I’d hear the teacher play it and put about 15 minutes into my lesson and just mimic it back.” He was soon spending hours a day learning popular tunes and George Shearing hits he heard during the band rehearsals.
“My Romance” by Rodgers and Hart
Later, Joe studied briefly with Kurt Wenzel, Charlie Banocos, Kenny Barron and Berklee piano professor Paul Schmeling. During his formative years Joe absorbed the musical influences of George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Evans, Dave McKenna, Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock.
Dave McKenna, Joe Delaney, Tony Bennett, unknown. Bennett has long been associated with the Cape Cod area and is a fan of the Roadhouse Cafe Hyannis.
Joe first met the great Cape Cod jazz pianist Dave McKenna at the age of 12. They became life-long musical and personal friends. Joe says, “Even now there isn’t a time that I sit down to play solo piano that I don’t think of Dave.” McKenna said about Joe Delaney, “He gets better every time I hear him and he’s been around since he was barely a teenager.”
“Goodbye, Jobim” by Joe Delaney
Delaney worked in the Boston and Cape Cod areas until 1981, when he moved to the US Virgin Islands, where he worked for most of the ’80s.
“Confirmation” by Charlie Parker
From 1989-2009 Joe returned to New England, based in Cape Cod, mostly in Hyannis. He had a long association with reedman Dick Johnson, who led the Artie Shaw Orchestra during this period. Joe travelled with the Shaw Orchestra for six years, sometimes playing alongside trumpet great Lou Colombo. While not touring with the Shaw band or his own groups (on 5 continents), Delaney played extended residencies in virtually every live music venue on Cape Cod. He spent 7 years leading the house trio at the Black Cat Tavern at Hyannis Harbor, now owned and operated by David Colombo.
“Valse Africano” by Joe Delaney
Joe has recorded many jazz albums and CDs both as leader and sideman, as well as commercial jingles (for Pepsi, Beck’s Beer, among others), and movie soundtracks (Mrs. Worthington’s Party). For his 2001 trio release, Take 1, Joe is accompanied by bassist Laird Boles and drummer Steve Langone.
Thanks, Joe, for giving us permission to post all the tracks here for us to enjoy!