Joe Diorio

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Joe Diorio
Birth name Joseph Louis Diorio
Born (1936-08-06) August 6, 1936 (age 80)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, teacher
Years active 1960–present
Labels Diorio, RAM, Spitball,

Joseph Louis Diorio (born August 6, 1936, Waterbury, Connecticut) is an American jazz guitarist. He has performed with Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, Anita O'Day, and Freddie Hubbard.[1] In recent years he also recorded albums with modern performers including Robben Ford, Gary Willis, David Becker and Mick Goodrick.

Following in the footsteps of an uncle, Diorio took up the guitar, studying formally in the early 1950s at a local music school. He worked for a while with local bands, but in the early 1960s he ventured into New York City, where he played with several jazz musicians.

In April 2005 he struggled to regain the full use of his left hand following a stroke he suffered at his West Coast residence in San Clemente.[2]

Diorio currently teaches at the University of Southern California. He was also one of the first instructors for the Guitar Institute of Technology.[3] He has published several instructional books and videos, and has released 10 albums under his name.[4]


  • Solo Guitar (Spitball 1973)
  • Rapport – with Wally Cirillo (Spitball 1974)
  • Solo–Duo – with Cirillo (Spitball 1976)
  • Straight Ahead to the Light – with Steve Bagby (Spitball 1976)
  • Peaceful Journey (Spitball 1977)
  • Bonita (Zdenek 1980)
  • 20th Century Impressions – with Jeff Berlin, Vinnie Colaiuta (J Disc, 1981)
  • Earth Moon Earth (Nocturne, 1987)
  • Italy (MGI, 1989)
  • Minor Elegance – with Robben Ford (MGI 1990)
  • Double Take – with Riccardo Del Fra (Ram, 1992)
  • We Will Meet Again (Ram 1992)
  • Rare Birds – with Mick Goodrick (Ram 1993)
  • The Breeze and I – with Ira Sullivan (Ram 1993)
  • Quartet Narayani – with Hal Crook (Ram 1994)
  • More Than Friends – with Steve La Spina, Steve Bagby (Ram 1994)
  • To Jobim With Love (Ram 1995)
  • Day by Day – with Cathy Segal-Garcia (Dash Hoffman, 1995)
  • I Remember You: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery (Ram 1998)
  • Stateside (Diorio Jazz 2000)
  • Joe Diorio Live (Diorio Jazz 2002)
  • It's About Time (Diorio Jazz 2005)
  • The Color of Sound – with David Becker (Acoustic Music 2005)

With Eddie Harris

With Sam Lazar

With Sonny Stitt

With Horace Silver

With Anita O'Day

  • Mello'day (GNP/Crescendo, 1978)

With Ira Sullivan

  • Ira Sullivan (A&M, 1976) with Jaco Pastorius
  • Peace (Fantasy, 1978)
  • Multimedia (Galaxy Music, 1978)

With Pete & Conte Candoli

  • The Candoli Brothers (Essential Media Group, 1978)

As a mentor[edit]

  • Alone Together - Eric Leboucher-Radiguet & Joe Diorio (Djazz 2003)
  • Under the Influence - Pino Marrone.


  1. ^ Jim Ferguson, "Diorio, Joe", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed April 14, 2008).
  2. ^ Bill Milkowski, "Joe Diorio: Rehabilitation & Reinvention", Jazz Times.
  3. ^ History of Musician Institute of Modern Music
  4. ^ Jazz Structures for the New Millennium by Joe Diorio. Mel Bay Publishing, 2000.