Joe Godfrey is a pianist and educator in southern New England.  He holds degrees in Jazz Studies (MM) from the University of South Carolina and Jazz Performance (BM) from the University of Rhode Island.  Performance highlights include performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, East Providence HeritageFest, and PVDFest.  Joe performs in many venues in the New England area as a soloist and as a member of a small ensemble.  Performance examples include business/social functions, wedding ceremonies and cocktails, restaurants, and church services.

Joe currently teaches piano for the RI Philharmonic and Music School, the Rhody Center, and privately.  He has taught summer camps, private lessons, small classes, and coached jazz combos at the University of Rhode Island and for Friends of the Music Mansion.  While passionate about jazz music, Joe was classically trained from the age of 14 and maintains a classical repertoire.  He is comfortable in a range of genres, including rock, R&B, jazz, pop, and classical.

Photo Credit: Eric Johnson

End June with a helping of music! 

Upcoming Public Gigs: 

Solo Piano @ Newport Dinner Cruise (Newport, RI) 

Friday 6/28- 7pm-8:30pm 

Solo piano music for a small intimate dinner! Your favorite jazz, pop, and classical tunes! Enjoy a wonderful three course meal! Board at Casey's Marina. 



Leland Baker Quartet @ The Parlour (Providence, RI) 

Saturday 6/29- 9pm-12am 

I'll be filling in in Leland Baker's Quartet. We play a wide variety of jazz, soul, and R&B tunes.

Upcoming Public Gigs (June 2019)! 

Hello Friends!
As summer comes upon us I am playing outdoors more frequently and in more public events!  A few chances to catch me this month:

6/15 @ 7pm 

Newport Dinner Cruise 

Casey's Marina (Newport, RI) 

Solo piano music for a small intimate dinner! Your favorite jazz, pop, and classical tunes! Enjoy a wonderful three course meal! 




6/19 @ 9pm 

Leland Baker Quartet 

Acacia Club (Providence, RI) 



6/27 @ 7pm 

Newport Dinner Cruise 

Casey's Marina (Newport, RI) 

Solo piano music for a small intimate dinner! Your favorite jazz, pop, and classical tunes! Enjoy a wonderful three course meal! 




6/29 @ 9pm 

Leland Baker Quartet 

The Parlour (Providence, RI)

Duets with Joe Parillo! 

Hello Friends!

Next Friday (5/10) I'll be playing in a very special concert. I am joining my college piano teacher and mentor Joe Parillo in the final concert of the Spring series at the Music Mansion! We will be playing several piano duets of original music, jazz piano trio with his band, and some tunes with flutist extraordinaire, Wendy Klein! This will be a memorable event. Music starts at 7:30pm. I hope to see you there! 

Music Mansion 

88 Meeting Street 

Providence, RI 02906

Front page of Projo! 

Hello Friends!

This past Wednesday I played with Leland Baker, Matthew Passeroni, and Randy Cloutier at the Acacia Club in Providence. The Providence Journal was on hand and featured us on the front page of today's paper! Pretty cool!






Noon Tunes Tomorrow (7/11)!!! 

Hello Friends,

Tomorrow at noon I will be joining Michelle Cruzand Matthew Passeroni for "Noon Tunes". Food Trucks are nearby to enjoy a nice lunch while listening to us play music that celebrates African American contributions to music literature.  Come grab a blanket and join us!

June Music! 

Hello Friends, 


For the month of June I have several public shows upcoming!  Whether you are looking for music for dancing, music for thinking, or music for the soul, I have you covered!  Stay tuned for more dates! 

6/10/18 @ 2pm- Is This Jazz? Showcase at Burnside Park (Providence, RI) - As a part of PVDFest,  I will be joining Ben Shaw and other musicians as we play original jazz music. FREE to attend. 

6/13/18 @ 12pm- Michelle Cruz Trio at Burnside Park (Providence, RI) - In celebration of Black Music Month, I will be joining Michelle's band for "Noon Tunes". We play a variety of music by African American composers.  FREE to attend. 

6/28/18 @ 6pm- Solo Piano at Newport Dinner Cruise (Newport, RI)- A wonderful blend of jazz, classical and pop for your listening pleasure!  Tickets can be purchased at http://newportdinnercruise.com/cruises/surf-turf-dinner-cruise-2018-06-28-2/.  $100.00 

Legacy Shows: 

6/9/18 @ 9pm- Ciara Restaurant and Lounge (Johnston, RI).  No cover charge. 

6/15/18 @ 9pm- 39 West Restaurant and Lounge (Cranston, RI).  No cover charge. 

6/16/18 @ 8pm- Platforms Dance Club (Providence, RI).  No cover charge. 

Thank you for your continued support!  I look forward to seeing you! 




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?

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