With a B.A. in music from Carleton College, Joe has pursued a variety of musical projects, from a cappella groups to ukulele duets. In the early ‘90s he was a fixture on the regional Bluegrass scene as bass player in the popular Christensen Sisters Band and performing with folk diva Becky Schlegel – including on A Prairie Home Companion. His own band, the Jaztronauts, rode the late 90s swing dance wave with regular appearances on Channel 45’s Big Bad Movie and Saint Paul Saints games, and even a three week club date in Zurich, Switzerland. His original jazz/pop group the Smarts was the musical component of Minnesota Public Radio’s In the Loop program, and has spent the past 6 seasons as house band for the performing arts showcase series, Sample Night Live. Joe’s compositions formed the basis of the musical play, “Lemonade for the Lawnboy,” and the Smarts served as pit band for the premier run of the production in June 2015. Joe has lent his singing voice to commercials for GMAC, Miller Lite, Affinity Bank and more.