Joe Bagale manifests a lesson in versatility and growing perspective. A polished multi-instrumentalist/producer bridging multiple styles and sentiments, his sound is fresh but tangibly rooted in nostalgia. His contribution to music hinges on his remarkable accessibility, and is a key component in his long term success as a teacher. Not only a master of his tools, Bagale also delivers an undeniable dose of genuine soul. It’s in this delicate, critical balance of proportions that Joe renders both his own music, and other artists’ memorable.
Though born in upstate New York, it's Joe’s tenure in San Francisco that has produced three albums under his name; a self-titled release in 2008, 2013's "Yesterday Once Again," and 2014’s "Movies," available for free exclusively through the YouTube audio library. The first two albums feature Joe's songwriting accompanied by his vocals, but on "Movies" Joe features his skills as an instrumentalist only. Following the success of his music on “Movies,” Joe was commissioned by YouTube to write and record 30 new tracks to be available in the YouTube audio library, which was the beginning of a new project he calls Otis McDonald. Playing all the instruments, writing, producing, mixing, and mastering 30 songs in a 3 month period, it proves to be his funkiest and most interesting music to date.
All of Bagale’s recordings are supported by hundreds of well-attended performances, teeming with enthusiasm and audience participation. Joe’s eclectic performance
credits includes sharing the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart(Grateful Dead), Fred Wesley(JBs), PeeWee Ellis(JBs), Roy Ayers, Zakir Houssain, Giovani Hildalgo, Dave Schools(Widespread Panic), Mike Gordon(Phish), Martin Luther(the Roots), Gift2Gab, Lyrics Born, DJ Qbert, and many many more. Joe was a cornerstone in the composition and performance of Brass, Bows, & Beats, a critically acclaimed hip hop symphony performed by the Bay Area's Jazz Mafia. BBB was invited to be performed in major jazz festivals around the world including Montreal, Monterey, Newport, San Francisco, and the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.
Mr. Bagale lives by the philosophy that there are only two kinds of music; good music and bad music. For now, Joe continues to beat an indelible mark into the music world all while touching listener's hearts and minds and most likely reminding you to always bring your dancing shoes.
Photographer: Sean Dana
Musician: Joe Bagale with Adam Theis, Daniel Casares and Steve Wyreman
Live at Sweetwater 2016