Joe Cinderella (1927 - 27 October 2012) was an American jazz guitarist. Guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, writing for Allmusic.com, said of Cinderella that "He was a technically brilliant, original player who for long periods let his creative talents become obscured not by piles of soot and ash but by their musical equivalent, commercial studio jobs."
Cinderella started playing the guitar from the age of nine. His father was a music publisher, and played the banjo, his brother, Don, played the double bass. After service in the US Army in the Second World War, Cinderella started performing progressive jazz with musicians such as tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh and trumpeter Conte Candoli.
In the 1950s Cinderella recorded extensively with the saxophonist Gil Mellé, and accompanied vocalist Chris Connor with double bassist Vinnie Burke. Cinderella worked as a session guitarist for much of the 1960s appearing on music for radio, television, and film. As a studio musician Cinderella performed with such artists as the Beach Boys, Billy Joel, as well as the classical composer John Cage. Cinderella taught guitar in a New Jersey college from 1969, and wrote several instructional books for jazz guitar. He self-released the album Concept in 2002.
- With Gil Mellé