Joey has collaborated with Branford Marsalis for over ten years both as a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, and as a duo with Branford. Joey performed and recorded extensively with Michael Brecker, and along with Brecker, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette formed the revered "Tales of the Hudson" band.
Joey recorded several albums as a leader, including a self-titled trio album on Columbia (2000) featuring bassist John Pattitucci and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and more recently the abums Amanecer (2007), and Haiku (2004). Joey has played/recorded as a sideman with artists such as Elvin Jones, Dave Liebman, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Berg, Jerry Bergonzi, and others.
Calderazzo’s signing as one of the first artists on Branford’s Marsalis Music label in 2002 coincided with the latest growth spurt in the pianist’s career. “I’ve struggled with the feeling that I could play better my whole life,” he reflects, “while always feeling that my technique was good enough to play what I hear. Now I realize that the perfect technical take is not always the perfect musical take, and I’m starting to hear things that I can’t always play. Studying more music has opened me up to different possibilities, and playing more solo piano has pushed me closer to the point where the piano itself does not get in the way.”
Joey's Trio includes Orlando Le Fleming (bass) and Donald Edwards (drums). These evenings will be recorded live, for possible release on a live trio album.