Hunt, Joe (actually, Joseph Gayle)

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Hunt, Joe (actually, Joseph Gayle)

Hunt, Joe (actually, Joseph Gayle), drummer; b. Richmond, Ind., July 31, 1938. He studied in Indianapolis with Willis Kirk (author of “Brush Fire”), and at Ind. Univ. with Richard Johnson. He played with the Dave Baker band 1956-59 while attending Ind. Univ. He was a member of the George Russell sextet 1960-62 (performer in residence at the Lenox School of Jazz 1960), also with John Handy. He served in the army (1962–64), and played with the Stan Getz quartet (1964–65), the Jim Hall trio (1965), the Gary Burton quartet (1966), and the Bill Evans trio (1966–67). He freelanced in N.Y. till 1971 and also attended Mannes Coll. He moved to Boston and joined the Berklee Coll. faculty in 1971 and remained there as a Professor of Percussion. He has since toured with the National Jazz Ensemble and Barry Harris. While in Boston, he has led groups including John Scofield, Jimmy Mosher, Mick Goodrick, and Mike Stern. In the mid-1990s his group included Paul Fontaine and Ray Santisi. He is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orch.


George Russell: At the Five Spot (1960); Stratusphunk (1960); George Russell Sextet in Kansas City (1961) Ezzthetics (1961); The Stratus Seekers (1962). Stan Getz: Getz Au Go Go (1964); Getz/Gilberto #2 (1964); Nobody Else But Me (1964); The Canadian Concert of Stan Getz (1964). Don Friedman: A Day in the City (1961).

—Lewis Porter

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