THE BLOG

An intimate view into the portal of Joey’s life experiences, musings and meanderings.

João Gilberto, Novos Baianos, & Me

João Gilberto, Novos Baianos, & Me

João Gilberto’s music played a seminal role for me growing up, especially during my teen years when I often felt as if I had no one to turn to. His voice brought me so much comfort, love, and an ethereal sense of hope during those challenging years.  I wasn’t like...

When Novos Baianos Helped Me Speak Portuguese

When Novos Baianos Helped Me Speak Portuguese

Picking up where I left off in my last blog post, Finding Seu Jorge. Sometime around 3:00 a.m., after a long night of making music with Seu Jorge in his Silver Lake home, he started showing me all kinds of YouTube music videos that I’d never seen before; really...

Finding Seu Jorge

Finding Seu Jorge

It was the summer of 2009. I had received a call from Mario Caldato Jr. (aka Mario C) asking if I would want to play bass with Seu Jorge for a show at The Hollywood Bowl. At the time, I had to be reminded of who Seu Jorge is, as he wasn’t quite yet on my radar. Of...

Filling Empty Bellies

Filling Empty Bellies

Several years ago I was asked to play a couple tunes for a fundraising event my friend Dinah was putting together at her gallery. It was all local performers coming together, raising money for an organization that shows up at the local park six days a week and feeds...

How I Found The Girl From Ipanema

How I Found The Girl From Ipanema

If you’re wondering how or why I became involved with Brazilian music  it’s a cosmic turn of events that began when I was only eight years old. 1971 (third grade) - Every week I would accompany my father to the Super A Market in San Gabriel for the weekly grocery...

El Gran Fellove Part 3

El Gran Fellove Part 3

When my parents bought their home in 1968, Sunset Beach was just another sleepy little beach town.   It spanned about one mile in length, sandwiched between Seal Beach and Huntington Beach in sunny Southern California.   There were two main rows of houses on the...