Dr. J Collection
LA VINTAGE GEAR presents the collection of Dr. Joe Jewell
Joe Jewell moved to Los Angeles from Syracuse, NY in 1988. But not before he had become the prominent teacher and guitarist in the Central New York area. He had headed up the guitar programs at the State University of New York at Oswego and Onondaga Community College and had earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in classical guitar. He kept busy performing with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Opera Company and every kind of rock and jazz gig one might find in CNY.
When Joe relocated, his career continued its upward trajectory. Performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Santa Monica and Pasadena Symphonies, Pacific Symphony and more musical theater gigs than you can count kept him busy. Joe’s quest for study led him to be awarded a Doctorate in Studio Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California, as a private student of the great Joe Diorio. And, in 1999, Joe accepted a full-time, tenured position as Director of Guitar Studies at Fullerton College, his current professional position.
But all things change, and in 2016 neuropathy of the left hand all but ended Dr. J’s performing career and, in 2020, Joe will retire from his teaching position at Fullerton College. A 50-plus year career has attracted a large number of beautiful guitars, and Joe has decided now to pass his collection on to other players who will love and utilize these instruments as he has. To make this happen Joe is joining forces with Clif Jones and LA Vintage Gear, Southern California’s most prestigious broker of high-end musical gear. LA Vintage Gear will be exclusively representing Joe in the relocation of his fabulous instruments. Please check out the Dr. J Collection page. We sincerely hope you will find something you love here.