Joe Godfrey is a pianist and educator in southern New England.  He holds degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina (MM) and Jazz Performance (BM) from the University of Rhode Island.  Performance highlights include performing at the Newport Jazz Festival and Falmouth Jazz Festival.  Joe performs in many venues in the New England area as a soloist and as a member of a small ensemble.  Performance credits include wedding ceremonies, receptions, cocktail hours, restaurants, church services, business events, social events, and private functions.

Joe has taught private lessons, small classes, and coached jazz combos at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School, and for Friends of the Music Mansion.  He currently teaches privately, for the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School, and the Rhody Center for World Music and Dance.  He plays in the Legacy Band and Show (funk & R&B) and 10:2 (a jazz piano/bass duet with Matt Passeroni).  Joe is active as a performer in New England as a pianist equally proficient in jazz, classical, and popular music.

Photo Credit: Eric Johnson


Flaming Pianos! 

What's better than a piano (trick question: nothing 😎)? How about two of them?!? I'll be joining Thomas White for some piano duet goodness today at Purple Cat Vineyard and Winery from 1-4pm.  This is a rare event to see people setting fire to the pianos (maybe, literally :))   What will we play? Find out  this afternoon!

Legacy is back! 12/23/ Contact me for tickets! 

Legacy returns with a beautiful set of holiday tunes with a funky flair added to our set!  Combine a few great originals with the funky R&B tunes you know and love and you get an unforgettable night of  music!   
I have a few tickets available.  Contact me for tickets!  Only $10! 


Dinner and a Festival! 

Hello Friends! 

Upcoming Gigs: 

Fri 10/6 @ Tavolo (Providence) 7pm-10:30pm- Matt and I are playing three sets of jazz and blues. Fine music to go along with a fine Italian dinner! 

Sun 10/8 @ St. John's Park in Federal Hill (Providence) 6pm-10pm- Legacy takes the stage for Federal Hill's Columbus Day Festival! We have the funk- do you have your dancing shoes?

Cape Verdean Club Tickets! 

Hi Friends,

I currently have a limited amount of tickets for the CV Club show on September 9th.  If you would like them ($10/person), contact me at 401-588-9804.




Return to Hillside Country Club, Festivals, and Legacy! 

Hi Friends,

I will be joining the High Frequency Jazz Band at the Hillside Country Club (Rehoboth, MA) on Sunday (8/27) from 2-5pm. Come join us at the Tiki Bar overlooking the gorgeous fairway for an afternoon of great music and great food! Hint: Try the pizza!  Joining me are Brandon Widdell on drums and Matt Passeroni on bass.

Legacy has two upcoming shows: September 8th @ Ciara (Johnston, RI) and September 9th @ the Cape Verdean Club.  We have a lot of new material that we can't wait to play for you (including originals!).

10:2 (piano/bass duo) returns on September 17th for the Fall Out of Summer Festival.  We will be playing your favorite standards and more!

More to come soon. Stay tuned!  As always, thank you for your support.  I am grateful for you.




Matt Passeroni and I have a bass/piano jazz duo project that is taking off!  We have four tracks that you can hear in the music section of this page, labeled "10:2".  It is great music and you'll be happy that you clicked on the tracks to hear them!

Also, if you like what you hear and want to hear more of me and know what I am doing, please sign up for my mailing list at the top right of the home page.  I will update you on new music, shows and anything interesting happening in my musical life.



Rhumbline date change 

If you were coming to Rhumbline on Friday to hear me play, I am now playing Saturday (7/18).  Come out and hear great music and have a wonderful meal!

More Music on the Website! 

Hello Friends!

I have posted a new track: a very relaxing classical composition by Johannes Brahms (Intermezzo in A Major).  I will soon be posting more songs to showcase the variety I have in my repertoire.  Expect some more jazz tunes, some wedding ceremony music and a few show-off pieces!

I will be playing at Rhumbline again this Saturday (6/27) from 6:30-10pm.  Come out and hear some great live music!

If you have any friends that appreciate the music I play, please pass the word along.  I love what I do and I love sharing it with new people!



Upcoming Shows!!! 

Do you like music?  Do you like eating?  Then you'll LOVE enjoying scenic Newport and Rhumbline Bistro with tasty meals and exquisite music!  
Do you like enjoying Friday evenings or Saturday evenings?  
Whichever one you like, I will be playing at Rhumbline on Friday (5/29) AND Saturday (5/30)!  Pick your date up and enjoy a great meal and enchanting music!  6:30-10pm.

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