Joe Puma

A superior guitarist for a half-century, Joe Puma had a steady if low-profile career, uplifting many sessions without getting famous himself. Puma came from a musical family (several relatives played guitar) and his first major job was with vibraphonist Joe Roland (1949-1950). In the 1950s Puma appeared on many recording sessions including with Roland, Louis BellsonArtie Shaw & His Gramercy Five (1954), Eddie BertHerbie MannMat MathewsChris Connor, and Paul Quinichette. Puma was seemingly everywhere during that era. He accompanied Morgana King for two years and in the 1960s recorded with Bobby HackettGary Burton (1964), and Carmen McRae, among many others. During 1972-1977 he co-led a duo with fellow guitarist Chuck Wayne, later became a teacher, and remained musically active on a part-time basis into the late '90s. Joe Puma led recording dates of his own for Bethlehem,...

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Joe Puma Albums

2 records

Albums featuring Joe Puma

14 records