Joe Gallivan

Joe Gallivan

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Home of the "Rainforest Initiative ","Love Cry Want" and the big and electric "Urban Green". Over 50 years of touring and recording says this music is worth booking and hearing.Teenage Joe Gallivan's first name gig was Paul Whiteman(What?) and has played with everyone from Gil Evans to----------


Joe Gallivan
This year, I will be offering "URBAN GREEN" the London based electric big-band and the follow up to the acoustic " Soldiers of the Road" with many of the same players, LOVE CRY WANT" with Michelle Webb, Tom McNalley and myself and the "RAINFOREST INITIATIVE" with Anupriya and Paul Rogers and me. Michelle and Tom are the best young musicians I've found in years. Both have a distinctive voice and are mature players having had many diverse experiences in relatively short careers. this trio can play anywhere anytime with great energy and fire----------The first "LOVE CRY WANT" featured the great LARRY YOUNG and had one self titled CD. I gave up looking for another organist like him and turned to two fantastic musicians who played guitar and bass guitar with a similar energy and creativity and we have just recorded the 2nd "LOVE CRY WANT" CD .
, The "RAINFOREST INITIATIVE "was first a nine piece that included Evan Parker, Elton Dean ,Marcio Matto,the great Brazilian bassist and three hawaiian women chanters and healers. Unfortunately Elton and Mahalanie Poi Poi have left us and what was "Rainforest21" has become the "RAINFOREST INITIATIVE'" with Anupriya and Paul Rogers. I would like to be able to share with you the experiences of audiences in Europe where the people become hypnotized by the music and share what for us is a mystical experience.

Joe's Bio:
Born in Rochester, New York, Joe Gallivan began his professional career in Miami at
age 15 working in television and with a series of local bands including the Latin band of Eduardo Chavez
and the big bands of Art Mooney and Charley Spivak, and, later, with trios
accompanying well known singers and musicians including Dizzy Gillespie and Dakota
Staton, as well as comedians including Lennie Bruce, Lord Buckley and Harry the Hipster. He studied music at University of Miami and with various private teachers
including Bower Murphy.

Joe's recording career began in Boston with Bob Freedman, Bill Berry and
Don Vincent; the following year he recorded a single featuring Sonny Criss, and the
year after with the Modern Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Drew on piano. This Miami
recording was released in England and France and was re-released on CD in 2001.

In 1961, Joe moved to New York and co-lead with Donald Byrd an ensemble which
included, at various times, Eric Dolphy, Don Ellis, John Coles, Eddie Bert, Jimmy
Knepper, Pepper Adams, Herbie Hancock and Elvin Jones.

In 1962, Joe returned to Miami and worked as conductor of the television show
"Music USA". At this time he also began a collaboration with multi-reed player
Charles Austin which has resulted in many albums, tours and festival apearances over
three decades. Their music was praised by Igor Stravinsky, who wrote a letter of
recommendation to CBS on their behalf. At the 1968 Miami Pop
Festival, they played after Jimi Hendrix and before the Mothers of Invention. Here's a YouTube of one of Joe and Charles' albums:

In 1968, Joe also worked with N.R.B.Q. (the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) and
organized A Train of Thought, the first all-electronic big band, for which Joe and Stan
Goldstein builtmuch of the equipment . The band was composed of legendary
players that included Charles Austin, Ira Sullivan and Paul Cohen. At a second Miami
Pop Festival, the band backed Chuck Berry and Marvin Gaye.

In 1969, Joe moved back to New York City, where, after eighteen months of
freelancing, including creating five improvisational film scores for Warner Brothers, he
was invited to join Larry Young's ensemble, with whom he worked for nearly three
years. Gil Evans heard Joe play at the Newport Jazz Festival with Elvin Jones and
invited him to join his orchestra; Joe continued working in his band for over two

In 1976, Joe moved to Europe, where he toured and recorded in the ensemble Hopper,
Dean, Tippet and Gallivan. In 1978 he recorded with Elton Dean and Kenny Wheeler
and toured Japan with John Scofield, Miraslov Vitous and Kenny Kirkland.

From 1979 to 1983 Joe traveled a lot, working with Charles Austin in Europe, with
Nicholas in Hawaii, with Butch Morris in Paris, appearing in numerous contemporary
and electronic music concerts in France and in New York City.

In 1983, in Frankfurt, Joe began a series of recordings for Hessicher Rundfunk that
included Albert Mangelsdorf, Heinz Sauer and Christoph Lauer. He also worked in a
duo with guitarist John Schroeder.

In 1984, Joe settled in London and organized the avant-garde big band Soldiers of the
Road, featuring Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Marcio Mattos, and, later, Ashley Slater,
Paul Rutherford, Jim Dvorak, Claude Deppa, and Guy Barker. This ensemble
recorded eight pieces for the BBC, performed often in London including at the London
Jazz Festival, and, in 1992, made


Discography of Joe Gallivan

Modern Jazz Orchestra featuring Kenny Drew (Addess) (re-issued on CD in 2001 by V.S.O.P. Records)
At Last (Man Made) Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan (released as CD in 2000)
Mindscapes (Spitball) Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan (released as CD in 2000)
Expressions to the Winds (Spitball) Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan (also CD in 2000)
Cruel but Fair (Compendium) with Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, Keith Tippet, Joe
Gallivan (reissued on CD by One Way)
Peace On Earth (Compendium) with Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan, John
McMinn, Carmen Lundy, David Deluca, Al Richardson, Marvis Martin
London(Compendium) Intercontinental Express with Joe Gallivan, Charles
Austin, Kenny Wheeler, Nick Evans, Jeff Green, Elton Dean, Ronnie Scott, Ian
Hamer, Roy Babbington, Toni Cook, Stephen Wick.
The Cheque is in the Mail (Ogun) Kenny Wheeler, Elton Dean, Joe Gallivan
Home from Home (Ogun) Charles Austin, Roy Babbington, Joe Gallivan
Mercy Dash (Atmospheres) Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, Keith Tippet, Joe
Gallivan (reissued on CD by Culture Press)
There Comes A Time (RCA) Gil Evans and his Orchestra
The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix (RCA)
And Around (Colin) Jean Schwarz, Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan
Surroundings (Celia) Jean Schwarz, Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan
Miami (Atmosphere) Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan
The New Orchestra (Hannibal) Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan, Ryo Kawasaki,
Clive Stevens, Peter Ponzol, George Bishop, Gene Golden, Sabu Morales,
Wendell Hayes, Tadashi Yasunaga
Voices (Hannibal) Joe Gallivan, Charles Austin, John McMinn, Earl Lloyd
Supply and Demand (Rykodisc) Dagmar Krause, Richard Thompson, John Harle,
Danny Thompson, Joe Gallivan
Mysterious Planet (Hannibal) Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan, John McMinn,
Nelson Padron, Earl Lloyd
Prism (Vinyl) Peter Ponzol, Abbey Rader, Joe Gallivan
Innocence (Cadence) Joe Gallivan with Guy Barker, Elton Dean, Claude Deppa,
Jim Dvorak, Marcio Mattos, Neil Metcalf, Evan Parker, Gerard Presencer,
Paul Rutherford, Ashley Slater
Night Vision ( Brian Cuomo, Joe Gallivan
The Origin of Man ( Elton Dean, Brian Cuomo, Joe Gallivan
Surrender ( Jackie Ryan, Brian Cuomo, Joe Gallivan
Love Cry Want ( Larry Young, Joe Gallivan, Nicholas
Orchestral Meditations ( Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan, John
Timeless ( Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan, John McMinn, Gene
Argel, Brian Cuomo, Hector Serrano
Guitars on Mars (Virgin) Larry Young, Nicholas, Joe Gallivan
Wiretapper (November 1998), Powerfield
Wiretapper (August 1999) Powerfield
Des Del Silenci (Afro-Blue Records) Ektal Ensemble
Electronic/Electric/Electronic (Paratactile) Powerfield
Joe Gallivan/Gary Smith (Paratactile) Joe Gallivan, Gary Smith
Live At Ronnie Scott's (Ronnie Scott's) Joe Gallivan, Jackie Ryan, Brian Cuomo
Powerfield ( 2006) Powerfield
Vienna(2007)Rainforest Initiative
LA (2009) duo w/Benn Clatworthy
neonlighthouse84(2010) duo w/P Y Caplin 40 lifetimes later(2011) LOVE CRY WANT Recorded and Live Radio Broadcasts

1977 Radio France: Two sessions with Elton Dean, Keith Tippet and Hugh
1977 Danish Radio: Live at Club Montmartre (the most famous jazz club in
1977 Radio Bremen: Live at Stadt Theatre in Bremen
1977 Radio France: Recorded broadcast with Charles Austin
1977 Chateau Vallon Festival in Toulon, France: Intercontinental Express Big
1978 Espace Cardin: Live broadcast with Charles Austin and big band from a
theatre in Paris
1980 Radio France: two broadcasts with French composer Jean Schwarz and
Charles Austin
1981 France Musique: Live broadcast
1982 France Musique: Live broadcast with Peter Ponzol
1983 Hessicher Rundfunk Jazz Ensemble broadcast
1985 BBC Radio 3: with Elton Dean
1985 Hessicher Rundfunk Jazz Ensemble broadcast
1986 Hessicher Rundfunk Jazz Ensemble broadcast with John Schroeder
1986 BBC Radio 3: Soldiers of the Road Big Band
1986 BBC Radio 3: with John Corbett
1987 BBC Radio 3: duo with Evan Parker
1987 Public TV, Miami, Florida: One hour show with Charles Austin
1987 France Musique with Nicholas
1992 BBC Radio 1: Soldiers of the Road Big Band at the London Jazz Festival
1992 BBC Radio 1: Quartet with Paul Rutherford, Jim Dvorak, Marcio Mattos.
2000 BBC Radio 3: Powerfield (Joe Gallivan, Gary Smith, Pat Thomas)
2000 to present Black Entertainment Network is broadcasting the Rainforest Initiative taped at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York City
2001 ORF radio (Vienna): Ektal Ensemble at Festival Schnittpunkte
2003 ORF television (Vienna) Joe Gallivan and DJ Orgasmus

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