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JB and The Rebellion
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This soulful ensemble features many talented new school soul jazz musicians including Joel Bowers (Jive), Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars, 20th Congress, KDTU), Chuck Prada (20th Congress, Black Eyed Peas, Beat Pharmacie), DJ Mister Rourke (Soulive, Fat Bag, Addison Groove Project) and Robert Walter (20th Congress, Greyboy Allstars). Be one of the first to purchase the CD online and then please tell a friend!

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Band History:
Joel Bowers Biography

Joel Bowers is a 28-year-old native of San Jose, California. Joel is a 1997 graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. In May of 2002 he completed his Masters of Music Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon his admission to CU Boulder in 1999, Joel was awarded a full tuition teaching fellowship for the 1999-2001 academic school years to be the jazz departments teacher assistant. His duties included coaching a jazz ensemble, assisting the jazz faculty, and teaching private students through the Universities continuing education program.

Joel, who has been playing saxophone since age nine, is unique among young saxophonists in that he has a very strong interest in older styles of jazz, from Lester Young through Stan Getz and Dexter Gordon. He has learned to play in the idiom of those players and has done so quite convincingly. Joel has personally studied under such recognized names as: Jimmy Guiffre, Plas Johnson, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John McNeil, and Joe Maneri. Joel has received numerous Music Scholarship Awards, Special Music Recognition Awards and Teaching Fellowships.

Joel has played many varied venues across the nation from Boston to Los Angeles both as a leader and as a sideman. Joel has been a founding member of two recognized funk bands, the defunct Boston based ten piece funk orchestra The Daddy's and Colorado's number one party band Jive. He has also been a featured soloist or guest soloist with many established touring bands and legends of the jazz world including Fred Wesley, Melvin Sparks, Pete Escovedo, Leon Spencer, Clyde Stubblefield, Stanton Moore, Ron Miles, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Garage a Trois and Robert Walter's 20th Congress. He has supported Maceo Parker, Karl Denson, Leftover Salmon, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Project Logic, Particle, Wild Magnolias and Rebirth Brass Band among others.

In October of 2002 Joel moved to Los Angeles and, in addition to performing/promoting and doing freelance studio work in the area, has recently produced a new CD entitled JB and The Rebellion that was independently released in August of 2003.