Dr. Joe Ferry is a Grammy Award Winning record producer, bandleader, author, bassist and educator.
Over the course of his 37-year career, he has produced records and played bass for numerous artists, including The Skatalites, Dr. John, Toots & The Maytals, Rhonda Vincent, Eileen Ivers, Nicolette Larson, John Hammond, Sue Foley, Double Trouble, The Roches, The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, SKAndalous All-Stars, Uzimon, Joey Ray, Huey Lewis and the News and Delbert McClinton. He has several Grammy nominations and one Grammy, The Chancellor's Award For Teaching Excellence @ State University of New York, and Best Fiction Award at the San Francisco Book Festival.
Joe Ferry has led his party cover group, The Ska Ska Band for 20 years and has won critical acclaim throughout North America. The core group - consisting of bassist/vocalist (Joe Ferry), guitarist/vocalist, keyboards/vocalist, saxophonist, and drummer - can be augmented by full horn section and additional vocalists at client's request.
Dr. Joe Ferry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase, and a Ph.D. From Kennedy Western University. He is Professor Emeritus Purchase College, State University of New York.
As an university educator, Dr. Joe Ferry's former students include Regina Spektor, Langhorne Slim, Dan Deacon, Blake Ian, J-Zone, Elite, Phil "The Butcha" Moffa, Richie Castellano (of Blue Öyster Cult), Jenny Owen Youngs, Bess Rogers, Hanan Rubinstein (of Alysia Keys), Cyrille-Aimee, Dan Romer and many more.
Joe Ferry has made a name for himself in the world of Reggae and he has released several albums on the Shantytown Records, Jump Up Records and Shanachie Records, the most recent of which is entitled "Revival". Joe's website, , is the umbrella company for his bands, his music publishing company, his visual arts company, his production company/record label and his book publishing company.
In addition to "Revival", CDs recently produced by Joe Ferry include "The Crux & The Bluestocking" by Emily Hope Price,and the vinyl LP entitled "Connected: Mob Stories & Reggae Ridders". Joe Ferry also played bass on "Fall In Line" and "Double EP" by Matt Simons.
Dr. Joe Ferry ahas written three novels to date, available at Amazon.com:
"Connected: Mob Stories From My Past"
"Connected: Songs My Father Sang"
"Highlife: High Flyers, Nose Divers, True Survivors"
Joe Ferry Solo Reggae CDs
"Skallelujah" (N-Soul/Electica Records)
"Big Ska" (Shantytown Records)
"Bootleg" (Larchmont Recordings)
"55:22" (Shantytown Records)
"Big Up" (Shantytown Records)
"Revival" (Shanachie Records/Jump Up Records)
"Carry On/Jamaica Farewell" 7' Vinyl Single (Jump Up Records)
Song list for parties, weddings and all social occasions includes hit songs made famous by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Doobie Bothers, Bruno Mars, Donny Hathaway, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, The Beatles, Gloria Gaynor, KC & The Sunshine Band, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Peter Frampton, UB40, Bob Marley, James Brown, Soul Train, MKTO, Maroon 5, John Mayer, and hundreds more.