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Smoky Hill River Festival 2010–Interview


Joseph Vincelli
Saxophonist, Flutist, Author

Joseph Vincelli’s signature is his passion towards his music. It is evident on the stage, in his recordings, with his speeches and in his books. What sets him apart from other smooth jazz artists is his ability to create music from an array of sources which many others would consider stretching the limits.

Joseph is a native of New Jersey, although the Dallas Morning News has fondly embraced him as a long time resident of Texas. After spending his childhood in Eatontown, a community along the Jersey shore, he studied in Boston at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. It is here that he learned a deep appreciate for the art of improvisation. Joseph took his knowledge and set off for New York City and Los Angeles, giving him many career opportunities.

During this ten year stint, he toured and recorded with Buddy Miles, Ice Cube, Bobby Goldsboro, Jerry Vale, and Burt Reynolds. Also, Joseph wrote for several film scores and movies, commercials, and jingles. Looking for a quieter life, he moved to Dallas, Texas where he currently resides. The desire for Texas did not change his New Jersey dialect, but it did change his career in a big way.

Joseph has recorded ten CD’s in a seven year period. It includes seven smooth jazz albums, two Christmas CD’s and a classic Jazz CD. As well, he recently has finished a fifteen year project, a three volume book series entitled, My Friend, Music. Joseph does not limit his talent entirely to the stage of entertainment. He devotes time to giving master classes to students interested in the industry of music. As well, he continues to write music and books for future recordings and publications.

Here is a list of his Artist Discography:
TOUCHE’ (2006)
THIS LIFE (2001)
TOUCH (1998)

Joseph has toured extensively throughout North America and with visits to Brazil, Venezuela, England, Italy, and South Africa. Joseph’s diversity with the art of music has given him such honors as the 1998 recipient of the Scott Joplin Award for achievement and the 2000 Hall of Fame winner at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday festival.  Other great awards of achievement for Joseph are: Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2000 Recipient of Hall of Fame Scott Joplin Jazz Festival 1997 Artist of the Year AUTHOR of Intimacy with Music (published 2001) AUTHOR of The Art of Tone – Understanding Our Love for Music (published 2003)

Some of the past festivals Joseph has performed are:  Mustang , Jingle & Jazz (Headliner, host) Dallas Arts and Jazz Festival (billed with Bob James) Harvest Jazz Tour (Headliner, host) Newport Beach Jazz Festival (billed with Earl Klugh & Boney James) Bass Performance Hall, (Ft. Worth, TX) Walt Disney World, Pleasure Island, (Orlando, FL) Clearwater Jazz Holiday, October, 1998 & 1999 (Clearwater, FL) Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO Cotillion, (Wichita, KS) (billed with Boney James) Red River Revel (performed with Shreveport Symphony Orchestra) Toledo Jazz Festival (billed with Al Jarreau) Genuine Jazz in July Festival July, 1998 & 2000 (Breckenridge, CO) Jazz at the Bend, 1997 & 1999 (billed with Angela Bofill) Opening, “Guitars, Saxes and More Tour” performance, Toledo, OH Big Spring Jam (Huntsville,AL) Toledo Jazz and Blues Festival (Toledo, OH: headliner) Humphrey’s (San Diego) Caravan of Dreams (Fort Worth/Dallas) OASIS, KOAI (Dallas) Listener Appreciation Concert ’96 & 2000 Fourth of July Celebration, 2000 (Headliner) Musical Group for Jay Leno- 2002 Musical Group for Martin Short- 2001 Smoky Hill River Festival Salina KS 2009-2010

Joseph Vincelli shares his most personal thoughts:

Insight On Becoming an Artist–I was having a discussion with another artist about what distinguishes an artist from a musician. I explained my thoughts by using painters as my example. A house painter is someone who can do his job well with the skills he has acquired. However, a painter that is painting a picture becomes an artist when he paints what is from within himself. When a person is creating something that comes from his own thoughts and feelings. An artist becomes an artist when the individual expresses himself, regardless of the creative outlet, regardless of the financial rewards.

At the same time, an artist may be expressing himself, but on the whole, is recognized as an artist if those experiencing the person’s artwork sees it as an expression of the persons inner thoughts and feelings.”

How I want to be remembered–‘Not too long ago, I was asked in an interview, “How would you like to be remembered?”. For me, I think the ultimate way to be remembered is to strive everyday to contribute to the betterment of humanity through the instrument I have been given, which is music, and for people to know that it has come from a source greater than I. That is how I want to be remembered.’

More about Joseph Vincelli–

Although, Joseph cooks on stage, his first love at five years of age was a fascination for food. He continues to use cooking and eating fine cuisine as a source of creativity. More recently, he has developed benefit concerts and contests that bring celebrities and top chefs together in order to raise money for young performing artists, including the Kids Who Care Performing Artists Foundation, in Fort Worth, Texas, which raises tens of thousands of dollars every year. More information on Joseph, his music and books, and his cooking ideas are found at his website,

Joseph Vincelli was the “roaming artist” at the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina KS.  I can honestly say, “I have never met a more personal and professional artist who shows an enthusiastic and warm-welcoming style of attention to all his fans no matter what age they are.”–Anne Shiever

(I was more than just impressed! Joseph Vincelli really works the crowd with his performance.)

When you are listening to the weather channel on cable television think of Joseph Vincelli as his music may be what is soothing you from behind the scenes.  Get Joseph Vincelli’s new music now available on “Jump Drives”!  It’s the newest concept for digital age in the music industry.

For booking and contact information, please email Joseph at

or call (214) 906-1059.  (If any of Joseph’s opinions are intriguing to you, e-mail him at Joseph would love to hear from you.)

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