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   History & Background

Joe Dolister picked up a bass at 11 and never looked back. He started gigging professionally at 14, moved to Milwaukee at 17 and shortly thereafter developed a reputation for being one of the “workingest” bass players in the Milwaukee jazz scene.

The supremely talented group working that scene at the time included Joe Dolister on bass, keyboardists Buddy Montgomery and Melvin Rhyme, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist David Hazeltine, and others. Here is where Joe developed his “ear”, his deepest jazz roots and highest musical standards.

Working with the band “Montreaux”, Joe recorded his first album by the same name and went on the road. After traveling most of the central part of the country, Joe headed West. Home became the gorgeous Sierra Nevada mountains of California, where his involvement in a wide variety of musicians opened his world to new musical styles.

He also raised his son Caleb… who is now a talented drummer and brilliant musician in his own right. Taking after his dad with proficiencies in several musical genres, Caleb’s band The Electrosonics is gaining momentum in the music world with a fusion of jazz, funk and hip-hop.

Equally comfortable on upright and electric bass, Joe Dolister now covers the gamut that begins with his deep jazz roots – and goes on to include latin jazz, funk, rock and soul.

Most recently, Joe has recorded with singers Jackie Landrum and Erika Paul, jazz drummer Mat Maruchi, latin jazz band Terra Nova, jazz guitarist Akio Sasajima and classical violinist Tomoko Sugita. With Akio and Tomoko, Joe has toured in Japan twice. In 2003, the trip was to promote Sugita’s CD “Memories of the Northern Lake”; where the band included Sasajima, Dolister and acclaimed jazz drummer Akira Tana.


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