Joe Deal

Joe started his first band at the age of ten performing at school and community functions.  Joe played trombone during jr. high and high school and picked up the bass guitar at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he auditioned on electric bass to enter  Indiana State University’s School of Music. He was awarded a scholarship, and started his study of the double bass.

His main influence / mentor at ISU was Dr. John Spicknall. His bass teachers included Greg Dugan of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. During his pursuit of a music business degree, Joe played in jazz band, jazz combos, and orchestra. Joe played in several pop bands in the area during
this time.  He participated in  clinics with jazz bassists:  Percy Heath, Rufus Reid, Ron Carter, Miroslav Vitous and Milt Hinton.  He played the Circle Theater Jazz fest in 1994 and graduated Indiana State University with a BS Degree in 1985.

Joe’s first gig in Indianapolis was in 1983 with trumpeter  Clifford Ratliff and drummer Mad Harold Cardwell.  He has played with Indy greats Jimmy Coe, Pookie Johnson, Russell Webster, Chuck Carter, David Young, Steve Allee, Claude Sifferlen and Frank Glover among others.  He has performed for such notables as Indiana governors Otis Bowen, Robert Orr, Senators Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar, as well as president George H. Bush.

Joe Deal has performed with jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Pat LaBarbera, Phil Wilson, Mike Metheny, Art Blakey pianists James Williams and Geoff Keezer, and Spyro Gyra member Dave Samuels.  He has worked with with television recording artist Ann Hampton Calloway, Manhattan Transfer vocalist Laurel Massee and comedian Rich Little. 

Recordings include studio and commercial dates as well as the following CDs: The Joe Deal Jazz Trio “Moods” “Red Green and Blues” by Ron Enyard and “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” by Harry Miedema with Deep 6.

Joe was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008.


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