Joe has been hailed one of “jazz’s most promising young composers” by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Joe Block Quintet

Joe Block Quintet

Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band

Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band

Studying with Ted Nash

Studying with Ted Nash

He has received the following commissions:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: “Volcanic Suite” (2016), “Ruby, My Dear” (2018)

  • Wynton Marsalis Septet: “Limbo Jazz” (2017)

  • Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia: “Venus” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” (2018)

  • Transcriber/Arranger for Harvard Business School Show (2017-2018)

  • Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: “Meditation” and “Eternal Triangle” (2019)

  • Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band: Various Arrangements (2016-present)

Below are some videos and recordings of his arrangements being performed.

Joe has numerous received national recognition/awards including from the National Youngarts Foundation (2017, Honorable Mention for Jazz Composition) and from Jazz at Lincoln Center (2016, J. Douglas White Composition/Arranging Contest Winner). Composition is Joe’s priority as a bandleader; he utilizes the entire ensemble in order to express his visions, emotions, and values as a musician, artist, and human. Whether writing for big band, quintet, or trio, his process and philosophy do not change. Each member of the group has a different voice and a unique role to contribute, and Joe tries to identify and capitalize on these strengths and sounds to create something meaningful. His compositional influences include Duke Elllington, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and Ambrose Akinmunsurie.

Joe teaches arranging lessons, in person or via Skype. Contact him for more details.