Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist Joe Izen knows his way around a song. Shortly after arriving in New York, he became a regular performer at many Greenwich Village clubs, including the “Bitter End”, “Metro Café,” “Folk City,” and the “Village Gate.” It was here that Joe met and was asked by Richie Havens to share the bill with him for the return of the “Café Wha.” Joe also appeared as the opening act for Joe Cocker, on the Northeastern leg of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, and was a guest performer at the Philadelphia Folk festival. While performing in New York, he also had the honor to have the great Blues songwriter and Bassist, Willie Dixon perform with him at “Kenny’s Castaways,” and appeared as a headlining act at Lincoln Centers Avery Fischer Hall for a concert to benefit the ACWU. His long and fruitful friendship with Arranger/Producer Larry Fallon (of Van Morrison Astral Weeks fame) yielded several recordings, including being co- writer and solo vocalist on “Finalmente” by Renzo Fraiese, (released on A.V.I. Records) and co-writing credits as well as solo vocalist on the album “Breeze” released on the Barclay International label. As a result of his work with various Producers, Joe was signed to a Warner Brothers Publishing agreement which brought his song “Follow Your Heart” to the attention of Carlos Santana in 1986.
In the world of Television and Radio, Joe can be heard as the solo vocalist on many popular National and International Commercials, including “Coke,” “Coors Light,” “Chrysler,” “Dole Fruit,” “Folgers Coffee,” “Long John Silvers,” “Israel tourism” and “Budweiser.”
His group, the Joe Izen Trio, featuring Bill Moring on Bass and Larry Marc-Aurele on percussion and Joe on Acoustic guitar and vocals, played throughout the Metropolitan area, and his current recording work can be found on Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube. His songs are available for download on iTunes, CD baby and Amazon.com