Up Close & Personal with Jojo Bowden
by Teens Now Talk ⋅ November 7, 2017
Joe took to the drums over three decades ago and hasn't stopped keeping the beat ever since. His drumming style has been described as complimentary, tasty, musical and highly technical.
A Drummer’s Dream
After decades of honing his creative juices, Nova Scotia-born Joe ‘JoJo’ Bowden, moved to Toronto to pursue his music career. Today he is one of the world’s renowned drummer and composer releasing his debut recording, Voices In My Head.
The CD combines the hard edge of jazz improvisation with the solid backbeat of R&B to create a highly intense listening experience. Featuring all original compositions, Voices In My Head highlights Joe’s intimate understanding of synchronicity, musicality and versatility.
Joe took to the drums over three decades ago and hasn’t stopped keeping the beat ever since. His drumming style has been described as complimentary, tasty, musical and highly technical.
Joe has been a constant figure in the Toronto blues, jazz, pop and R&B circles for many years. He’s performed with such artists as Jackie Richardson, Dave Young, Divine Brown, Blackburn, Dave Rotundo, D.O., Rich Kidd, Maestro Fresh Wes, Salome Bey, Gregory Hines, Montel Jordan, Gerald Lavert, and Musiq Soulchild.
Joe also finds creative outlet by composing and arranging/mixing music. Joe performed in multiple episodes of the Showtime hit series, Soul Food and CanStage’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin, has written the soundtracks for three of filmmaker Nathalie Younglai’s short films, including her latest short doc for Smile Theatre and plays half-time during the Raptures Basket Ball games, just to mention a few.
The power-house Voices In My Head CD, continues to receive rave reviews from all levels of Jazz, Blues and music lover across the world. “When I compose, it’s like listening to musical conversations in my head,” says Bowden. Hence, the title of the CD. The disc opens with the lead track African Dream, which is a call to Bowden’s ancestral roots, and ends with the title track Voices In My Head, which displays the jazz/funk swing that Bowden has become known for.
Rumor has it that JoJo Bowden is working on a new CD entitled – Thank You For Listening, we will get the scoop on this asap and let you know..