Joel Schiavone (Banjo, Guilford, CT) - Joel grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where he received his first banjo at the age of twelve, as a gift from his mother. During the 1960s Joel created a chain of 13 sing-along nightclubs throughout the US and Europe called "Your Father's Moustache". Thanks to Joel, YFM became an incredible success, and a training ground for many of the finest dixieland musicians in the country. Since the early seventies Joel has confined most of his mischief to the New Haven area as the GJB's regular Sunday emcee and banjo man. The rest of Joel's time is spent raising his young family, rebuilding old neighborhoods, and helping to preserve dixieland jazz here in Connecticut. Joel was the CEO of the Great Connecticut JazzFest for several years, and in 2005 was indicted into Oklahoma's International Banjo Hall of Fame.


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