Joe Diorio – Bonita (1980)

FrontCover1Joseph Louis Diorio (born August 6, 1936, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA) is an American jazz guitarist. He has performed with legends of jazz such as Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, Anita O’Day, and Freddie Hubbard.[1] In recent years he also recorded albums with modern performers including Robben Ford, Gary Willis, David Becker and fellow guitar education legend Mick Goodrick.

Following in the footsteps of an uncle, Diorio took up the guitar, studying formally in the early 1950s at a local music school. He worked for a while with local bands, but in the early 1960s he ventured into New York City, where he played with several jazz musicians.

In April 2005 he struggled to regain the full use of his left hand following a stroke he suffered at his West Coast residence in San Clemente.

Diorio currently teaches at the University of Southern California. He was also one of the first instructors for the Guitar Institute of Technology. He has published several instructional books and videos, and has released 10 albums under his name. (by wikipedia)


The talented guitarist Joe Diorio has mostly recorded for obscure record companies throughout his career including this set for the completely forgotten Zdenek label. The early-’80s LP features Diorio (who has always had his own sound) in a trio/quartet with other Los Angeles-based musicians: keyboardist Carl Schroeder, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Jim Plank. Diorio stretches out on five standards (including Jobim’s “Bonita”) plus one of his originals, playing some fine post-bop guitar that is often strikingly original. (by Scott Yanow)

Listen to this more or less unknown jazz musicians … this is a superb album !


Joe Diorio (guitar)
Bob Magnusson (bass)
Jim Plank (drums, percussion)
Carl Schroeder (piano)

01. Bonita (Jobim) 5.00
02. If I Should Lose You (Robin/Rainger) 6.42
03. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Wolf/Landesman) 4.02
04. Talla Sunshine – Naima Rainbow, Dance For Their Father (Diorio/Berardi) 4.41
05. Bloomdido (Parker) 2.41
06. Hello Young Lovers (Hammerstein/Rodgers) 6.45
07. Send In The Clowns (Diorio) 3.10