I play trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn.
I minored in jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin, studying with Richard Davis and Joan Wildman.
I have been lucky to perform as a sideman with the likes of Carla Bley, Jane Ira Bloom, Lester Bowie, Benny Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Buck Clayton, Harry Connick, Jr., Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Henderson, Vijay Iyer, Illinois Jacquet, Geoff Keezer, Joshua Redman, Anton Schwartz, and Steve Swallow.
Years back I helped bring jazz on to the Internet, by setting up the Usenet newsgroup rec.music.bluenote.
- The Beauty and the Joe (Joe Hellerstein). For Dan Garcia's Beauty and Joy of Computing course. Joe Hellerstein, trumpet; Band-in-a-Box, all other instruments. August, 2020.
- First Song (Charlie Haden). Joe Hellerstein, trumpet; Band-in-a-Box, all other instruments. June, 2020.
- I Hope She is Awake (Jason Adasiewicz). Joe Hellerstein, trumpet; Band-in-a-Box, all other instruments. October, 2019.
- Flamingos Dancing On Luminescent Moonbeams (Rob Mazurek). Joe Hellerstein, trumpet; Band-in-a-Box, all other instruments. October, 2019.
Brigitte (Freddie Hubbard).
Personnel: Joe Hellerstein, flugelhorn; Tyler Johnston, trombone; Doug Lee, bass; Chris Paxton, drums; Ryan Waite, piano. November, 2008.
Personnel: Joe Hellerstein, cornet; Joan Wildman, piano; Derek
Wright, bass; Dave Kodner, drums. May, 1994.
Head (Ted Alevizos). Personnel: as preceding. November(?), 1991.
- Why Was I
Born Personnel: Joe Hellerstein, trumpet; Alan Dawson, drums;
Whit Browne, bass; Ray Santisi, piano. Buck Clayton's first
recorded solo. April(?), 1990.
(Buck Clayton). Joe Hellerstein, trumpet. Harvard Jazz Band.
Sounds Recycling, Joe Hellerstein/Ivan Tcherepnin, 1989.
Not necessarily in that order.
- Live Chirping Source: disk drive
- Water: fishtank
- Air: flugelhorn
- Mechanical: broken spring-powered alarm clock
- Traffic: 1969 Robin Hood 3-speed bicycle
- Inanimate Object Reflected on a Microphone: 2 racquetballs
- Blank Check: Bulerías ("campana")
Sounds, Joe Hellerstein, 1990.
- Sarmash Bankash: The Machine Knows Its Own Power, Joe Hellerstein, 2005.
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