Guitarist Joe Washington III - born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was a Chicago
Police officer for 11yrs. Started playing guitar under the direction of a local teacher
by the name of Jack Cecchini, who taught on the north side of Chicago. He studied
with a classical guitarist by the name of Paul Herman at the Chicago Music Conservatory,
and the Chicago Musical College. Says he has done some minor studio work, notably
"with a great jazz guy by the name of Bobby Irving". Joe sat in on an album
by a singer named Susan Osborn (produced by Bobby Irving), and he has played with a number
of small groups and bands over the years locally.
Joe says "the one thing that has drawn me to jazz and the guitar would
most assuredly be my dad, who unfortunately passed away, however he's the one who purchased
my first guitar and my first jazz guitar album, "Movin' Wes" by the late
great Wes Montgomery, and that album and albums by George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino,
Pat Metheny, Ronny Jordan, Earl Klugh and many, many more has made me crazy for jazz. At
this stage of my life, I guess more than anything I want to play, but I want to play
with guys (and gal's) who want to play, and truly appreciate the only true American
music heritage, Jazz and all that goes along with that statement".