Joe Ford has been an integral member of several bands over the last 40 years. Here are just a few...
For nearly 15 years, the Fort Apache band has been one of the few authentic standard-bearers of what can rightfully be called Latin jazz. As demonstrated on Crossroads, the New York-based sextet’s Milestone debut, this band does not merely play both sides of the fence; it burns the fence down
The Spirit of Life’s universal appeal is grounded in the ebullient 70’s. It was founded by poet, activist, boxing-champion and percussionist Daoud-David Williams in 1975 and quickly became part of the underground loft scene in New York. Since then, the band has gained international recognition.
Buffalo Jazz Ensemble
he Buffalo Jazz Ensemble's first performance was in November of 1972, and was held at the Buffalo Public Library to a standing room only crowd. This was the first local music group to perform concerts at the Keenan Center, the Studio Arena Theater and Artpark, and to receive a grant from the NY State Council on the Arts.
The Buffalo, NY band Birthright from 1976, on Freelance Records. Many great tracks - the communication between saxophonists Joe Ford, Nasar Abadey and Paul Gresham is as strong as ever.
The Gerry Eastman quartet
The Gerry Eastman Quartet is a group of excellence and extraordinary talent that embodies the soul and adopted energy of many historical jazz legends. With over 50 years of experience combined, The Gerry Eastman Quartet is a product of the late great Etta Jones, Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and more!
SUPERNOVA include Joe Ford, Saxophones; James King,Bass; Allyn Johnson, Piano; They perform music from the threshold of Jazz to beyond space and time, while having an artistic license to express their compositions through traditional African rhythms, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, and free form. The quartet’s musical inspirations include John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Duke Ellington among others.
Larry Willis Quartet
The remaining cuts find Willis in a quartet setting that features alto saxophonist Joe Ford and trombonist Steve Davis. Both horn players contribute tunes to the session—Ford’s “Landscape” and Davis’ “Prayer for New Orleans—that nicely (and often brashly) offset the familiar pieces. Fittingly, Davis’ elegiac ballad/burner is saved for last, ending Blue Fable on a grace note.