Joe Mama is a rising five-piece smooth jazz, blues, and rock band. Based in Ocala, FL, they bring quality music to local bars, upscale restaurants, and numerous other venues in the area. If exhilarating music is what you seek for your event, this smooth jazz and blues band is perfect! Meet the members of this band and how they came to be.
From Tucson, Arizona, Manuel has lived in Northeast Texas, Nashville, Tennessee and Muscle Shoals, Alabama; and has been influenced by the diverse musical styles signature to those areas.
Listening early on to country music and rock n’ roll, Manuel picked up his first guitar at the age of 13. In college, he added the 5-string banjo and mandolin to his repertoire. He began playing pedal steel guitar in graduate school.
It wasn’t long before Manuel’s interest turned to piano and keyboards. He fell under the instruction of Bob Black, a Berkeley School of Music grad, who sparked an interest in Jazz. Bob introduced Manuel to Joe LeGrande, another student who had similar interests. Manuel and Joe began rehearsing together often. Soon Manuel’s friend and co-worker, Dave Montagna, a guitarist, asked to “sit in.” Another co-worker, Melanie Moody, overheard this conversation and expressed her love for singing jazz. Manuel rang up his pal, Greg McCracken to join them for a rehearsal… and from that session was born JOE MAMA.
No matter what occasion, playing classy smooth jazz, blues, and rock music is the way to go. Let Joe Mama treat you and your guest to soothing music, and book them today! You can also check them out on their upcoming band shows. For more information, feel free to call.