Joe Saylor

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Joe Saylor

Joe Saylor is a percussionist, educator, and jazz artist based in New York City.

Life and career[edit]

Saylor was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to musical parents. His mother Paula and father Nevin are music teachers for Purchase Line and Indiana Area School Districts respectively. He began playing drums at age three and was in a jazz trio called Paj 3 with bassist Phil Kuehn (a fellow Indiana native) and pianist Angelo Versace[1] throughout high school.

Saylor graduated from Indiana Area Senior High School in 2004, and later attended the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.[2]

Saylor plays percussion in Jonathan Batiste's Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He also performs at various jazz clubs, festivals, and venues around the world. He has conducted jazz workshops at various educational institutions including the prestigious Stanford University. He has performed at such places as the Howard Theater,[3] the White House,[4] Lincoln Center,[5] Rockwood Music Hall, Webster Hall, and the Great GoogaMooga.[6] He has performed or recorded with Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Dwayne Dolphin, Steve Wilson, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, and Ellis Marsalis.

He appeared on the cover and feature article of the April 2016 issue of Modern Drummer,[7] was featured in the March 2014 issue of Drum Magazine,[8] and appeared on the HBO series Treme in 2010.[9]


  1. ^ "Angelo Versace | Pianist – Home". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Joe Saylor, Rise Up". Modern Drummer. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform at Howard Theatre". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Search – Smalls Jazz Club". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Bryan Carter-Joe Saylor Jazz Band Drum Fest!". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Batiste Bassist Phil Kuehn Drummer Joe Saylor… News Photo | Getty Images UK | 169011941". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Jon Batiste and Stay Human's Joe Saylor - Late-Night Deep Grooves". Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "DRUM! Magazine – Drumming For Fanatics". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Treme Pictures, Jonathon Batiste Photos, Tony Jarvis Pics, Phillip Kuehn Pictures, Rob Brown Photos, Joseph Saylor Pics – Photo Gallery: Treme". Retrieved March 4, 2014.

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