b. St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Younger sibling of trumpeter Lester Bowie, Joseph discovered piano and congas but finally resolved with trombone. At age 15 he used bluesmen Albert Ruler and Small Milton and spirit saxophonist Oliver Sain. He spent 2 yrs in Paris with additional members of Handbag (Black Performers Group), after that in the past due 70s documented with Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw within the Human being Arts Ensemble as well as the St. Louis Innovative Ensemble before time for New York to utilize the Contortions, Wayne Opportunity’s harmolodic/punk, no influx group. The horn section became an starting act and a music group in its correct: Defunkt. This device mixed jazz chops and nouveau -funk cheer, touring using the Clash and Speaking Heads and liberating several excellent studio room albums. Following a heroin-induced hiatus on the isle of St. Croix, Bowie came back in 1986 with an incredible entire body and reassembled Defunkt. The brand new line-up, which presented Kim Annette Clarke’s bass acoustic guitar (referred to by one reviewer as ‘cool as the string on Judge Dredd’s motorbike’), came back to the studio room to record the critically acclaimed IN THE US. Since that time, Bowie and Defunkt possess steered between dance music and avant garde jazz having a verve which makes nonsense of the most common pigeonholes. Furthermore to his use Defunkt, Bowie’s occupied schedule offers included use the Chicago-based African blues trio the Cultural Heritage Outfit, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, the Vienna Artwork Orchestra, as well as the David Murray Big Music group.