As a kid, Big Joe (b. Joseph Maher, c.1964, Washington, DC, USA) heard R&B and blues from his dad’s record collection. Within the middle-80s, he started playing drums while still participating in college and was shortly active in regional R&B bands like the Uptown Tempo Kings. On the next couple of years he continuing playing and in addition singing with several groups. He produced his own music group, the Dynaflows, with bass participant Jeff Sarli, who he previously first fulfilled when both had been using the Uptown Tempo Kings. Also in the first Dynaflows line-up was Kevin McKendree (keyboards) while various other members have got included Alex Schultz (electric guitar) and Joe Stanley (saxophone). In his very own band, furthermore to playing drums Big Joe also sang thoroughly; drumming lead performers certainly are a rarity in virtually any genre and specifically therefore among blues rings. Forming the primary of Big Joe’s group’s music may be the fresh and energetic leap blues that acquired its origins within the 40s with Louis Jordan and Lionel Hampton. The impact of musicians such as for example these is noticeable in Big Joe’s repertoire and design and also the music he creates for his music group also owe their type to the sooner custom. On record schedules, Big Joe provides augmented his music group with guests such as for example trumpeter Clyde Hunt and saxophonist Tag ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff, while vibraphonist and key pad participant John Cocuzzi in addition has been very much in proof. Big Joe’s drumming is normally solid and rhythmic and his performing voice, a robust baritone, is normally commanding. In 2005, Big Joe gained a WAMMIE Prize as Man Blues Vocalist Of The entire year. He also information using the Big Three Trio and Big Four Combo.