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Music Studies:

Berklee College of Music (Boston) 1972 - 75

Teachers included Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick, William G. Leavitt, Hal Crook and Gary Burton.

Also: Clinics with Lenny Breau and Howard Roberts.

Summer course in electronic music at York University - Toronto.

18 months studying via correspondence with Charlie Banacos.

Career Highlights as Bandleader:

Toronto-based jazz guitarist Joey Goldstein has been performing his original jazz compositions in and around the Toronto area since the early 1980's.

In April 2013 Joey released his second CD entitled The Joey Goldstein Quartet - Thanks Charlie (JG-003) .
This recording presents 8 new and/or previously never recorded original tunes by the leader and features John Johnson on saxophones, Jim Vivian on bass and Vito Rezza on drums.

"wow! joey!! yeah!!... it is just great" - Pat Metheny

In late 1993 Joey released his first CD entitled Joey Goldstein & Friends - A Strange Little Tune.
This album was actually a partial combination of two separate projects (12 tracks in all, totaling almost 75 minutes of music) and contains four tracks from Joey's 1988 cassette-only release, "Time's Square", along with eight newer pieces.
A Strange Little Tune features the talents of Doug Riley and Boko Suzuki on keyboards, Vito Rezza and Mark Kelso on drums, Michael Farquharson on bass, and Rob Bonisolo on tenor saxophone.

In 1988 The Joey Goldstein Band (consisting of Michael Farquharson on bass, Boko Suzuki on keyboards and Mark Kelso on drums) recorded an album entitled "Time's Square".
Although it was only released on cassette, this recording received ample airplay on many Canadian and US mainstream and campus radio stations.

Currently (2021) Joey plays with his own bands around Toronto and/or as a sideman with other leaders, teaches jazz guitar at privately (in Toronto) and online, and plays regularly in the Juno Award winning big band - John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra.


Jazz Times, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Jazz Report, Words & Music, Cadence Magazine, Network Magazine and RPM Weekly.


In Canada: CBC FM (Morningside, After Hours) (National), CIUT, CKLN, CJRT, CHRY (Toronto ON), CFMU (Hamilton ON) and CFUV (Victoria BC).

In the US: KSJS (San Jose, CA), KALA (Davenport IA), WDHA (North Bergen NJ), WGUC (Cincinnati OH), WCLV (Cleveland OH), KANU (Lawrence KA), WBFO & WEBR (Buffalo NY) and KASU (Jonesboro AK).

Selected Album Credits (Leader):

The Joey Goldstein Quartet - Thanks Charlie - (2013)

Joey Goldstein & Friends - A Strange Little Tune

The Joey Goldstein Band (1988)

Selected Album Credits (Sideman):

John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra - The Toronto Sound (2017)

Mike Field
- Attic Jump (2015)

John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra - Our Second Set (2013)

John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra - Our First Set (2011) - Juno Award Winner: Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011

Diane Nalini
- Kiss Me Like That (2009) - With Kelly Jefferson (saxophones), Kieren Overs (bass), Anthony Michelli (drums)

Jeff Madden - Taking The Wheel (2007)

Gene Pool Boys - (2007)

Nadia Petra
- In the Key Of U (2005)

John MacMurchy
- Outside The Ministry Of Truth (released 01/04)

Anthony Panacci - Eclectica Latino - finally finished! independent release (1999)

Freeflight - the Big Band. Released on Sony (CK 80411)
Juno Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Jazz Album - Instrumental of 1999
A REAL STRONG BAND with: Carol McCartney and Vivienne Williams (vocals), Dave Young (bass), John MacLeod (arranger, trumpet & flugelhorn), Bernie Senensky (piano), Steve McDade (trumpet), Jake Wilkinson (trumpet), Mike Felice (saxophones), Russ Little (arranger, trombone), etc., etc., etc. This is a BIG big band! Two French horns even! (1999)

The David Hutchison Quintet - Out On A Limb (1998) - Featuring: Bernie Senensky, Kirk MacDonald and George Koller

Michael Farquharson - The Arrival (Jazz Inspiration Records) (1997)

Darcy Hepner - Darcy Hepner (Water Street Music) (1997)

Freeflight The Big Band - First Flight (Unity) (1996)

Graeme Kirkland - Sing Along With Graeme (Graeme Kirkland Music) (1996)

Graeme Kirkland - Compositional Collage (Graeme Kirkland Music) (1993)

Vivienne Williams - My Temptation (Rocket Records) (1992)

Michael Farquharson - Michael Farquharson (Jazz Inspiration Records) (1992)

Schwendener and Farquharson - Picture Time (Gravity Records - USA) (1991)

Ron Allen - Leftovers (Black Silk Records) (1984) (With Claude Ranger, Buff Allen, David Piltch and Dave Fields)

The Graydon Hillock Group - My First Piano (Independant vinyl release), Players were: Graydon - drums, me -guitar, Howard Ayee - bass, Lou Pomanti - keys, and Earl Seymour - saxophones.) (1980?)

Links to Audio Clips

Performance Credits - Jazz:
Lara Solnicki, Kellylee Evans, Darcy James Argue, Ingrid Jensen, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, Diane Nalini, Campbell Ryga, Phil Wilson. Graeme Kirkland, Ron Allen, Vito Rezza, Ralph Bowen, Dick Felix, Graydon Hillock, Tribal Unit, The Humber College Big Band (under the direction of Russ Little), Brian Katz, Demo Cates, Don Franks, John Cheeseman, John Findlay, The Bobby Herriot Orchestra, David Hutchison, Bernie Senensky, Freeflight, John MacMurchy, Michael Farquharson, The Gene Pool Boys, etc.

Performance Credits - Non-Jazz Music :
Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Melissa O'Neil, Mark Cassius, Jeff Madden, Al Martino, Vivienne Williams, Liberty Silver, Billy Newton - Davis , Paul Christopher, Bob McBride, Sheree Jeacocke, B. J. Reed, Kaleefah, George Olliver, Della Reese, Patsy Gallant, Gwen Swick, Steven Ambrose, Danny B., Rhythm Method, The Club Bluenote House Band, Molly Johnson, Sharisse Lawrence, Leslie Gore, Paul Halley, The Coasters, Paul Gellman, Dennis DeSouza, and others.

Guitarist on jingles for Rosnick Prod., Rhino Prod.,etc.

Producer/arranger for various unsigned vocalists.

Roy Orbison Story (Stage West Theatre Mississauga)
The Sound Of Music (Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton)
Ross Petty Fractured Fairy Tales Productions of:
Peter Pan (Elgin Theatre), Robin Hood (Elgin), Cinderella (Elgin & Centre In The Square - Kitchener).
Shaw Festival's production of Floyd Collins (entire 2004 season)
Shaw Festival's production of Happy End (2005 season - subbing for Bill Bridges)
Shaw Festival's production of High Society (2006 season - subbing for Bill Bridges)
Shaw Festival's productions of Mack And Mabel and Hotel Peccadillo (entire 2007 season)
Shaw Festival's production of Sondheim's Follies (2008 season)
St. Lawrence Centre For The Arts - productions of Something's Rockin' In Denmark (2008) and Hey Marilyn (2009).
Sheridan College Theatre - Two Gentlemen Of Verona (2008)
Stage West Theatre Mississauga - The Wedding Singer (2010) (subbing for Gino Delsole)
Drayton Entertainment - Huron Country Playhouse (Grand Bend, ON) - Dance Legends (2010)
Studio 180 - Parade (2011)
Shaw Festival's production of Ragtime (2012 season)
Shaw Festival's production of Cabaret (2014 season)
Shaw Festival's productions of Sweet Charity and The Next Whisky Bar (2015 season)

Teaching Experience:

From the Fall Semester of 2009 through the end of the Winter semester of 2021 I was teaching jazz guitar at Humber College in Toronto.
From the Fall Semester of 1986 through the Spring Semester of 2010 I taught jazz guitar at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.
I've had a small handful of private students coming to my residence for lessons since the mid '70s.
I've also had a few short stints teaching at Toronto area music stores.
From 1997 through 2003 I was a faculty member at IMC's Camp Rock.

Presently (2024):
Teaching jazz guitar and improvisation privately online.

Performing original jazz music in the Toronto area.

Freelancing with various artists in Toronto area.

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