Whether performing with his large ensemble; with his evocative Ebony Brass Quintet, his stunning World-music influenced Rituals Ensemble, the Tuba Trio or in sparer solo, or duo contexts; sheer musicality, deeply-hewn emotion and jubilant innovation are always at the core of Joseph Daley’s most singular musical expression. Best known for playing the tuba, Joseph also plays euphonium, trombone and piano; but these days his growing reputation as a visionary composer is bringing him worldwide acclaim.
Born in New York City’s Harlem, Joseph began his musical studies in elementary school and received high honors and recognition throughout his school years (including the renowned High School of Music and Art), and was a member of the most prestigious ensembles in the New York City school system. During his high school years, he began performing on the Latin music scene – wellknown as one of the most powerful foundations of higher musical learning – performing alongside such fine musicians as Rene McLean, Monquito Santamaria, Andy Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez, Alex Blake and many others.
A scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music resulted in his Bachelor’s degree in Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education and led to a career as an educator in the New York and New Jersey school systems from 1976 until his retirement in 2005. Heavily dedicated to the education of young people to the highest values in musical understanding and expression, Joseph balanced his extensive educational commitments with recording and performing in the ensembles of some of the most provocative musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. In addition to those mentioned above, Joseph contributed heavily to groups led by other major artists including Muhal Richard Abrams, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Jason Hwang and Dave Douglas, and is an original member of Howard Johnson’s groundbreaking tuba ensemble, Gravity. He also produced the latest Gravity CD: Testimony.
After nearly 50 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene – with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Muhal Richard Abrams, Taj Mahal and so many more – Joseph Daley has emerged as one of Jazz’ and contemporary music’s most extraordinary composers and leaders. Stunning musicians and fans alike with his brilliant 2011 CD, The Seven Deadly Sins, featuring his Earth Tones Ensemble (a full Jazz orchestra augmented by six additional low-tone horns, and including a seven-member rhythm section and four special guests), this powerfully innovative music mines the same rich vein of musical expression as that of immortals like Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and George Russell, receiving rave reviews and making several Best of Year lists. In 2013 he followed up with The Seven Heavenly Virtues, then in 2014 Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love which includes the five-movement suite Wispercussion: Five Portraits of Warren Smith – both featuring string orchestras. In addition to his orchestral endeavors, Joseph developed a significant reputation as a leader of smaller ensembles. In 2015, The Tuba Trio Chronicles – dedicated to his long time friend and mentor Sam Rivers, in whose Tuba Trio he performed extensively in the U.S. and Europe during the ‘70s and ‘80s – was released to high acclaim, and when time allowed three years later the ensemble toured in more than 15 U.S. cities in the spring of 2018.
Drawing the attention of a number of prominent educators and university programs, since 2018 Joseph has become an in-demand and highly compelling educator, providing activities at various institutions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, Washington, as well as a residency at Dartmouth College resulting in a performance of selections from The Seven Deadly Sins project. Plans for extended residencies are in motion for the future, including a week-long residency that will took place at Seattle Pacific University in January 2020, culminating in a full concert performance of The Seven Deadly Sins.
The Seven Heavenly Virtues (reissue) and The Seven Deadly Sins (remastered 2019) were released as a single disc compilation, just in time to be part of the celebration of his 70th birthday. Part recollection of his musical history, and part celebration and memory of his late wife Wanda Daley, and dedication to her.
JoDaMusic Records 005 Reissue/Remaster: May 2019
On the Virtues
- Joseph Daley – Composer/Conductor
- Curtis Stewart (Concertmaster),
- Mazz Swift, Jason Hwang, and Skye Steele – Violin 1
- Charles Burnham, Elektra Kurtis, Jessie Montgomery, and Sarah Bernstein – Violin 2
- Nick Revel, Janina Norpoth, Trevor New, and Nora Krohn – Viola
- Akua Dixon, Marika Hughes, Amanda Gookin, and Rubin Kodheli – Cello
- Ken Filiano and Ben Brown – Bass
- Lafayette Harris – Keyboards, Piano
- Warren Smith – Percussion
- Guest Artists:
- Jerry Gonzalez – Trumpet, Percussion
- Onaje Allan Gumbs – Keyboards
- Satoshi Takeishi – Percussion
- Richard Huntley – Percussion
On the Sins
- Earth Tones Ensemble
- Joseph Daley – Composer, Conductor, Euphonium, Tuba, Producer
- Marty Ehrlich – Soprano Saxophone,
- Jimmy Cozier – Alto Saxophone
- Bill Saxton, Bob DeBellis – Tenor Saxophone
- Howard Johnson – Baritone Sax, Contrabass Clarinet, Tuba
- Scott Robinson – Bass Saxophone, Sarrusophone, Contrabass Saxophone
- Lew Soloff, Stanton Davis, Eddie Allen, Reggie Pittman, Stephen Haynes – Trumpet
- Gary Valente, Alfred Patterson, Craig Harris – Trombone
- Earl McIntyre – Bass Trombone, Tuba
- Bob Stewart – Tuba
- Vincent Chancey, Mark Taylor – French Horn
- Onaje Allan Gumbs – Piano
- Benjamin Brown – Contrabass, Electric Bass, Tuba
- Warren Smith – Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion
- Buddy Williams – Drum set, Percussion
- Satoshi Takeishi – Asian Drum set, Percussion
- William Bausch – Timbales, Percussion
- Richard Huntley – Percussion