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 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


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?

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.



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Previous events


Solo Piano @ Hopedene

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Newport, RI



Wedding Cocktail Hour

Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI



Rehearsal Dinner

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Wedding rehearsal dinner featuring music from Chopin to Ellington to Bruno Mars! PRIVATE EVENT