Joseph Bowie, Moers Festival 2012
17 October 1953|
St Louis, Missouri
|Genres||Jazz fusion, R&B, jazz, funk|
|Labels||Black Saint, DIW|
|Associated acts||Defunkt, Black Artists Group, Kosen-Rufu|
Joseph Bowie (born October 17, 1953) in St Louis, Missouri is an American bandleader, trombonist, and founder of the jazz fusion band Defunkt. The group has been blending jazz with funk and punk rock music for more than three consecutive decades.
Bowie is the younger brother of avant-garde jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, and saxophonist Byron Bowie. He began his career with the Black Artists Group a musical collective from St. Louis, then later joined the Human Arts Ensemble (founded by Charles "Bobo" Shaw), the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and became involved with various rhythm and blues projects alongside no wave saxophonist James Chance.
After recovering from a bout with drug addiction during the 1980s, Bowie discovered Nichiren Buddhism and has been a practicing Buddhist ever since. He has since founded Kosen-Rufu, another musical outfit aside from Defunkt. In 2003 Bowie moved to The Netherlands, where he lives in the small town of Gorinchem and works with a number of groups.
- 1990: Heroes (DIW)
- Ancestral Song (Silkheart, 1988)
- Hang Tuff (Open Minds, 1991)
- Dance with the Ancestors (Chameleon, 1993)
- 21st Century Union March (Silkheart, 1997)
- The Continuum (Delmark, 1997)
- Papa's Bounce (CIMP, 1998)
- Freedom Jazz Dance (Delmark, 1999)
With Oliver Lake
- Heavy Spirits (Freedom, 1975)
- Joseph Bowie/Oliver Lake (Sackville, 1976)
With Frank Lowe
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