Joseph Martone is an active freelance musican in the Baltimore/D.C. area. He plays regularly with his father Joe Martone of the Joe Martone Trio and jazz trio Bruit with vocalist Jacqueline Morgia and guitarist Eric Brightfield.
Joseph began music lessons on the electric bass guitar at the age of 12 and soon thereafter began learning his favorite songs from classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Rush. Participating in his middle school and high school jazz bands was an invaluable experience that not only challenged him as a performer but also opened his ears to other styles of music. These experiences contributed to his further musical development at UMBC where he began lessons on the double bass and participated in the Symphony Orchestra, Baroque String Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, various small jazz ensembles, and the Pep Band. His double bass instructors include Tom Baldwin and Laura Ruas.
Joseph has always had a strong interest in music, but more importantly, what makes music work. What happens when you combine elements of different styles? Can "good" sounding music be made from breaking the conventional rules? A study in music composition allowed Joseph to explore these questions in closer detail and develop a personalized style of music. In 2008 he earned his B.A. in Music Composition from UMBC and in 2011 earned his post-baccalaureate Certificate in American Contemporary Music Composition from UMBC. He has studied composition with Dr. Linda Dusman and Dr. Stuart Saunders Smith.
Joseph's compositions mostly consist of chamber works for small ensembles. His most recent work Circus Parade for jazz big band was written for Rick Humphreys and his ensemble at Southern Middle School in Lusby, MD. The work was funded by the Arts Council of Calvert Country, MD and was premiered in Spring 2012.
In addition to performing and composing, Joseph maintains a full roster of private students on electric bass, double bass, guitar, and ukulele. Please visit the lessons page for more information.