Joe Policastro

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Joe Policastro Originally from Cincinnati, OH, bassist, composer, and arranger Joe Policastro joined MYAC in 2013. Joe earned his B.M. in Jazz/Studio Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and his M.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. He has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries such as Diane Schuur, Jeff Hamilton, Howard Levy, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Howard Alden, Rick Margitza, Jim Snidero, David "Fathead" Newman, and Billy Hart. He leads the Joe Policastro Trio, and the group has two albums featuring his writing, arranging, and performing: 2013’s West Side Story Suite For Jazz Trio and 2016’s Pops! He also leads and co-leads the Gerry Mulligan-esque ensembles, Jeru, the Mulligan Mosaics Big Band, and the Mulligan Mulligan Mosaics Nonet for which he has extensively written and arranged. As composer/arranger, his work can be heard on recordings by numerous artists including Ira Sullivan and the Rob Parton Big Band. As an educator, he has been a Ravinia Jazz Mentor, a Lecturer of Jazz Studies at DePaul University and has taught at Morton College and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. He is happy to make Chicago his home along with his wife, Marie, and his children, Ava and Anthony, and his dog, Fritz.