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Joe Albany
American pianist

Joe Albany

Joe Albany
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American pianist
Was Musician Pianist Jazz musician
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 24 January 1924, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Death 12 January 1988, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (aged 64 years)
Star sign Aquarius
The details (from wikipedia)


Joe Albany (born Joseph Albani; January 24, 1924 – January 12, 1988) was an American modern jazz pianist who played bebop with Charlie Parker as well as being a leader on his own recordings.

Life and career

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Albany studied piano as a child and, by 1943, was working on the West Coast in Benny Carter's orchestra. In 1946 he at least once played with Parker and then 20-year-old Miles Davis. He continued for a few years afterward, and in 1957 recorded an album for Riverside with an unusual trio line-up with saxophonist Warne Marsh and Bob Whitlock on bass, omitting a drummer. Despite that, most of the 1950s and 1960s saw him battling a heroin addiction, or living in seclusion in Europe. He also had several unsuccessful marriages in this period. He returned to jazz in the 1970s and played on more than ten albums. He died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest in New York City at the age of 63.

Albany was the focus of a 1980 documentary titled, Joe Albany... A Jazz Life. His daughter Amy-Jo wrote a memoir about her father called, Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood. The book was adapted for the screen and released in 2014 as the biopic Low Down.


  • The Right Combination (Riverside, 1957), trio recording with Warne Marsh and Bob Whitlock
  • Joe Albany at Home (Revelation, 1972)
  • Proto–Bopper (Spotlite, 1972), trio recording with Bob Whitlock
  • Joe Albany at Home (Spotlite, 1973)
  • Birdtown Birds (SteepleChase/Inner City, 1973)
  • Two's Company (SteepleChase, 1974; Inner City, 1976), duo recording with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
  • Joe Albany & Joe Venuti (Horo, 1974; Parlophone, 1977)
  • This Is for My Friends (Musica, 1976)
  • Plays George Gershwin & Burton Lane (Musica, 1977)
  • The Albany Touch (SeaBreeze, 1977; Interplay, 1979), trio recording with Art Davis and Roy Haynes
  • Live in Paris (Fresh Sound, 1977) with Alby Cullaz, Aldo Romano
  • Bird Lives! (Storyville, 1979) with Art Davis, Roy Haynes
  • Portrait of an Artist (Elektra/Musician, 1982)
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