Joyce DiCamillo, pianist, has led her own jazz trio for over thirty-five years. As a pianist, Joyce has performed with such jazz greats as James Moody, Phil Woods, Houston Person, Nick Brignola, Marvin Stamm, Urbie Green, Arnie Lawrence, Steve Marcus, Gerry Neiwood, Bob Mintzer, Butch Miles, Andy Fusco, Martin Drew, and Marlene verPlanck. Her trio has released five trio CDs receiving national airplay, A Touch of Jazz, Freelancin’ (featuring tenor saxophonist Houston Person), Moment to Moment, Love Letters, and Sunrise Lady.
Joyce performs on the Steinway piano and is included on the prestigious International Roster of Steinway Artists. She has performed repeat engagements at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, hosted by the late Dr. Billy Taylor. Her trio has headlined at such venues as Southport (UK) Jazz Festival, Guinness Jazz Festival (Cork, Ireland), Andria (Italy) Jazz Festival, Syracuse Jazzfest, The Jazz Cruise, and Litchfield Jazz Festival. She appeared on the acclaimed National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz hosted by Marian McPartland. She toured as pianist for internationally known pop vocalist Donna Summer, appearing with her in Mexico, Chile and throughout the United States. She is one of the artists interviewed on the A‐F‐of‐M video, “How to Get the Gigs that Pay the Big Bucks”, and has appeared as a panelist at The Kennedy Center discussing the music business.
A long‐time classical piano instructor and jazz coach, Joyce was a longtime member of IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), and co‐founder/instructor of Summer Jazz Workshop, which celebrated 27 consecutive season as the longest running summer jazz program in the NY/NJ/CT area. In 2014 she stepped down after 24 years as Executive Director and Director of Jazz Studies for Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic to launch PROJECT MUSIC for Stamford CT’s inner city children. Built on the principles of El Sistema, PROJECT MUSIC uses the transformative power of music to effect positive social change for students most in need of access, opportunity and inspiration.
A graduate of Syracuse University School of Music, Joyce holds a degree in Music Theory/Composition with Honors in Piano; she studied with concert pianist Frederick Marvin, a disciple of Claudio Arrau. Joyce is listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and Outstanding Young Women of America. She has given lecture/demonstrations on jazz for such groups as American Association of University Women and American Pen Women. She was subsequently selected for membership in the American Pen Women, a professional organization for women writers, artists and composers.
Joyce composed the original score for Arnold Wesker’s The Four Seasons, and her Song Cycle for Voice and Piano, a setting of Hermann Hesse poetry, was performed and danced at the Harlem Dance Theater. A consultant in music education, she appears in concert with the trio and has appeared as clinician/artist in more than 100 high schools and colleges throughout the country.
.....A strong improviser. Classy and creative
.....DiCamillo plays jazz the tried and true way
Syracuse Herald American
.....DiCamillo has a marvelous ear for the melody
.....random flashes of McCoy Tyner, Gene Harris, Les McCann
.....an arresting player with a sensitive touch, an apparently flawless apprehension of time and melody, and a copious grab-bag of clever ideas; canny choice of repertoire
.....DiCamillo is relaxed, comfortable and in command
all about JAZZ
.....brought the house down at this packed Winter Festival by the Sea
Southport (UK) International Jazz Festival
.....plays with conviction and assuredness
.....the music will hold and reward your attention
.....draws on Evans' subtle but rich harmonic palette without imitating
.....If you love beautifully played piano, DiCamillo will take care of you
.....exciting piano "poetry in motion"
L.A. Jazz Scene
.....vigorous inventive player and relaxed communicator; she soloed with the sophistication of one who had investigated a full caseload of post-bop keyboard styles
Jack Massarik, UK
.....nice touch, well constructed chords and interesting solos