JOEL FORBES, an accomplished master of the acoustic bass was born in 1956. He has held a place on the NY jazz scene for 30 years. With tours throughout the US, Europe, Japan and Australia Joel has achieved international recognition. His Father, also Joel Forbes (1928-2002) was a pianist who grew up in New York City. "Having a father playing and singing so many of the great jazz songs around the house from before I was born really put the music in my ear...in my heart. Hearing the music live like that and playing gigs with him was very lucky for me. I owe him a great deal."
Joel has played and / or recorded with... Buck Clayton, Jon Hendricks, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Junior Cook, Bill Hardman, Charles Macpherson, Doc Cheatham, Dave Mckenna, Ronnie Mathews, Ray Mosca, Junior Mance, Tommy Flannigan, Leo Mitchell, Leroy Williams, Vernel Fornier, Marion McPartland, Wild Bill Davis, Mike Ledonne, Kenny Washington, Tiny Grimes, Michelle Hendricks, Teri Thornton, Charles Davis, Tom Kirkpatrick, Brian Lynch, Dennis Mackrel, Benny Golson, Duffy Jackson, Bill Charlap, Larry Willis, Curtis Fuller, Richard Wyans, Jackie Maclean, Jimmy Lovelace, Clifford Barbaro, Chuck Riggs, David Hazeltine, Bruce Barth, Michael Weiss, Dan Nimmer, Jeb Patton, Rossano Sportiello, Ralph Lalama, Jim Rotondi, Grant Stewart, Joe Magnarelli, Brad Mehldau, Peter Bernstien, Joe Cohn, Larry Goldings, Al Harewood, Rob Schniederman, Sam Yahell, John Campbell, Reene Rosnes, Rob Bargad, Dick Wellstead, Herman Foster, Rich Perry, Tardo Hammer, Brian Lynch, Warren Vache Jr., Joe Temperly, Jake Hanna, Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Joe Ascione, Dave Schnitter, Lew Tabacken, Kenny Daverne, Dan Barrett, Becky Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Eddie Bert, Dave Frishberg, John Bunch, Jon-Eric Kelso, Scott Robinson, Tom Baker, John Allred, John Eckert, Bobby Pring, Bobby Pratt, George Masso, Cecil Payne, Eric Alexander, Frank Gant, Doug Lawrence, Kenny Hing, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Dr. John, Jane Monheit, Randy Sandke, Gene Bertencini, Byron Stripling, Lee Musiker, Butch Miles, Mel Lewis, Carmen Leggio, Jerry Dodgion, Ryan Kisor, Frank Wess, Aaron Goldberg, Carl Allen, Wayne Escoffery, Eddie Higgens, Ed Metz Jr., Dick Hyman, Eddie Locke, Elliot Zigmond, Irvin Stokes, Virgil Jones