Joe Puma

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Joe Puma
Born(1927-08-13)August 13, 1927
New York
DiedMay 31, 2000(2000-05-31) (aged 72)
New York
Years active1949–2000
Associated actsHerbie Mann, Chuck Wayne

Joe Puma (August 13, 1927 – May 31, 2000) was an American jazz guitarist.

Puma was born in the Bronx, New York. His first professional experience came with Joe Roland in 1949–50. He played in the band led by Cy Coleman.[1] He acted as a session musician for many jazz musicians of the 1950s, including Louie Bellson, Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, Eddie Bert, Herbie Mann, Mat Mathews, Chris Connor, and Paul Quinichette, Lee Konitz, and Dick Hyman;[2] he also recorded extensively as a leader at this time. In the 1960s he worked with Morgana King, Bobby Hackett, Gary Burton, and Carmen McRae, and between 1972 and 1977 he and Chuck Wayne led an ensemble. He continued to perform and teach into the late 1990s.


In 1957 he won the New Star Award for Guitar from Metronome Magazine.[3]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Eddie Bert

With Chris Connor

  • 1955 This Is Chris
  • 1957 Chris
  • 1957 Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Songs
  • 1998 All About Ronnie

With Morgana King

  • 1992 This Is Always
  • 1997 Every Once in a While
  • 1998 Looking Through the Eyes of Love
  • 2000 Tender Moments

With Herbie Mann

With Mark Murphy

  • 1975 Mark Murphy Sings
  • 1992 Stolen...And Other Moments
  • 1998 Jazz Standards
  • 1999 Songbook

With Joe Roland

With others


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  4. ^ "Joe Puma | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Joe Puma | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 March 2017.

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