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Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Bell!

Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Bell!

Joseph Bell started his camp life at Appel Farm back in 2010! When we heard that he was one of the final twelve selected to compete in the 2019 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition, we just had to pull out the old photos and reminisce!

The final 12 aspiring jazz musicians competed in the Semifinals round, on Monday, December 2nd at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The semifinalists performed before an all-star judging panel of internationally acclaimed jazz guitarists: Stanley Jordan, Lionel Loueke, Russell Malone, Pat Metheny, Chico Pinheiro, Lee Ritenour and John Scofield.

Joe is a Princeton, New Jersey native who is currently completing his final year in the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program in New York. When not pursuing his bachelor’s in biology or working as a research assistant at Columbia Medical Center, Bell is an active performer, appearing with artists including Andra Day, Macy Gray, Eric Harland, Wynton Marsalis and Bob Mintzer. He has served as a featured guitarist on three full-length albums and counts top venues like the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Kennedy Center and Birdland among his performance credits.

Check out Joe’s performance in the semi-finals round here:

And a few more throwbacks of Joe as an Appel Farm rockstar!!!