Joseph Leo Bwarie

Joseph Leo Bwarie

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandJazzPop

NOTHIN’ BUT LOVE is Joseph Leo Bwarie’s dynamic collaboration w/ legendary arr./prod. Charles Calello. His 13-track debut is taking the jazz/pop music scene by storm. Sexy, fresh, original yet classic – Bwarie is quickly defining himself as the new voice with that infectious Capitol Records “sound."

Biography

Hollywood icon, director/producer Garry Marshall recently declared 'Joseph Leo Bwarie' as: “Three of the most exciting words in show business.”

With the release of his debut album, NOTHIN' BUT LOVE (now 15 weeks at #1 on popjazzradio.com) and his current starring role as Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys," Bwarie's voice is already being heard by hundreds of thousands.

Born in Pasadena, California, to a family of entrepreneurs, Bwarie got his first “gig” at four years old: little Joey was put to work organizing the sprawling candy aisle at his parents’ store – a job that sometimes found his face smeared with “missing” chocolate bars. But from the start, he had an audience: employees, customers, salespeople and the celebrity clientele that would frequent the family business. It was routine for Joey to be asked to sing, and sing he did.

At just nine years old, Bwarie sang his first studio session for Highway to Heaven followed by Michael Feinstein’s children’s album "Pure Imagination." By twelve years old, his resume showcased "Radio Flyer," "The Power of One," "Last of the Mohicans," "Alien 3," and "Batman Returns." He voiced the theme to the TV series seaQuest DSV; and sang countless songs on the new Sherri Lewis’ "Lamb Chop’s Play-Along."

By sixteen, Bwarie was a seasoned studio singer and had recorded with "The Manhattan Transfer" and with Michael Crawford on David Foster’s "The Christmas Album" - sealing the deal that the world of entertainment was not a hobby, but a dream becoming reality.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Boston’s Emerson College, he returned to California where director/producer Garry Marshall recognized Bwarie’s onstage talents, and in 2005 cast him as Fonzie’s cousin ‘Chachi’ (opposite Joey McIntyre) in the world premiere musical "Happy Days."

Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King stopped Bwarie after a performance of "Happy Days" and told him HE should be playing in a show they are trying out in La Jolla called "Jersey Boys." In 2007, Bwarie landed the coveted role of iconic, falsetto-singing Valli.

1500 days, 1000 shows, and 3,000,000 audience members later, JLB continues to sing 27 hit songs a night, six nights a week across America.

It seems all of the above lead to 2010 when (after a chance meeting) Bwarie teamed with Billboard hit-man, arranger/producer Charles Calello, (renowned arranger for Sinatra, Streisand, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Laura Nyro and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons) and began work on his debut album NOTHIN' BUT LOVE.

Recorded in Miami at Criteria Recording Studios (The Hit Factory), NOTHIN' BUT LOVE features legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, world famous Brazilian percussionist Paulinho da Costa, plus Calello conducting a 40-piece orchestra. The session dates were recorded live capturing the authentic big band swing sound and vintage microphone bleed - as Bwarie knew the album should feel (and sound) like the records he played in his grandparents’ home.

He has performed live at the 63rd Academy Awards, the 63rd Annual Tony Awards and the 63rd Annual Horatio Alger Awards. (JLB hopes to break the streak of “63" as the 63rd Grammy Awards are not until 2021.)

In his October 2011 blog entry, "UMBRELLA, ELLA, ELLA, ELLA, ELLA" on www.josephleobwarie.com Bwarie wrote:

What is not to love about music? It makes us feel. All sorts of feelings. Motown. Big Band. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s jams (you know what I am talking about). Disco. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Rockabilly. Classical. Country. Broadway musicals and movie scores. Oldies and Doo-Wop. Barbershop. Funkabilly (yup, Funkabilly). Music has been coined as the universal language. Sometimes I am fluent. Sometimes I crack open the old textbook. Sometimes I make it up as I go. It is a constant in my life and connects us in a way that I respect highly. I like listening to a folk singer in a coffee shop or a new artist at my buddy Max’s bar “Hotel” on Vine Street. I really dig great seats at the Hollywood Bowl on Polynesian night. I appreciate the guy playing the saxophone in front of the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford and hearing the marching bands live on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena as the Rose Parade passes on New Year’s morning. I like to put a vinyl record on my grandmother’s record player and relish the imperfection. I happen to be intrigued by what happened to music when folks like Dean, Frank, Sammy, Mel Tormé, Benny Goodman, Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Darin, Nat “King” Cole and Lena Horne stepped into the studio. And that is just the short list of a long list of names that continue to influence me. I could listen to Ella Fitzgerald for days on end.

JOSEPH LEO BWARIE (to pronounce Bwarie, the BW is the sound in ‘Buenos’ and ARIE rhymes with ‘airy’ or The Four Seasons’ song “Sherry").

Discography

1. “NOTHIN' BUT LOVE” (June 2011) on independent label: Red Banister Productions, Inc.
Radio airplay across the the U.S. (siriusly Sinatra/high standards and many local NPR stations nationwide including interviews with Bwarie)
Internationally: Spain, Canary Islands, Canada and the U.K.
Current on-line play:
www.popjazzradio.com
www.nicenoise.net
www.capradio.com
www.bluesjazzradio.webs.com
www.jazzradio.com
www. sky.fm
"Nothin' But Love" is in consideration for a GRAMMY nomination in 5 categories.

2. "SEASONS GREETINGS - JERSEY BOYS CHRISTMAS" (October 2011) Rhino.
track 3 - "Little Drummer Boy"
track 7 - "Jingle Bell Rock"
Plus other features on a one-of-a-kind recently released holiday album produced by Bob Gaudio for Gaudio/Valli Productions.

Set List

I will be performing the tracks from my debut album "Nothin' But Love" and re-imagined selections from "Jersey Boys" (aka songs from "Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons").

We have taken the full orchestra scoring and re-vamped for the concert setting to a 9-piece band that swings.