Joe Diorio

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Joe Diorio
Birth nameJoseph Louis Diorio
Born (1936-08-06) August 6, 1936 (age 82)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, teacher
Years active1960–present
LabelsDiorio, RAM, Spitball

Joseph Louis Diorio (born August 6, 1936) 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 taught 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]


As leader[edit]

  • Solo Guitar (Spitball, 1975)
  • Straight Ahead to the Light with Steve Bagby (Spitball, 1976)
  • Peaceful Journey (Spitball, 1977)
  • Bonita (1980)
  • Minor Elegance with Robben Ford (1990)
  • Double Take with Riccardo Del Fra (Ram, 1993)
  • We Will Meet Again (Ram, 1993)
  • Breeze and I with Ira Sullivan (Ram, 1994)
  • Italy (1994)
  • More than Friends (Ram, 1994)
  • To Jobim with Love (Ram, 1996)
  • Narayani (Ram, 1997)
  • I Remember You (Ram, 1998)
  • Stateside (2000)
  • It's About Time (2005)
  • Live (Mel Bay, 2006)
  • Rainbow Shards (2009)


As sideman[edit]

With Pete & Conte Candoli

  • The Candoli Brothers (Essential Media Group, 1978)

With Eddie Harris

With Sam Lazar

With Anita O'Day

With Horace Silver

With Sonny Stitt

With Ira Sullivan

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. ^ Milkowski, Bill (1 August 2008). "Joe Diorio: Rehabilitation & Reinvention". JazzTimes. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  3. ^ History of Musician Institute of Modern Music
  4. ^ Jazz Structures for the New Millennium by Joe Diorio. Mel Bay Publishing, 2000.
  5. ^ "Joe Diorio | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2019.