Before long, Joe’s playing found a worthy challenge in the highly improvisatory Musical languages of Jazz, Blues and Funk. After graduating from High School, Joe continued his musical studies at the college level at SUNY New Paltz (studying under Mark Dziuba of NGW fame) and then transferring to SUNY Purchase (studying under John Abercrombie), to finish his degree in Jazz Performance. He performs in a number of groups focusing on Jazz (Straight-ahead, Funk, Fusion) on a regular basis, including his own Trio, as well as his multi-genre Jazz group, Joe Heider's 'Lit Fuse'. The majority of venues he plays range across Central New York and the Hudson Valley, and he is looking to branch into NYC soon. As an educator, Joe also has 100+ hours of private teaching experience in varying styles. Aside from numerous arrangements, he teaches at the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY. Joe’s style is a unique blend of tradition and innovation, of the simple and the complex, harmonious and Dissonant.
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