Joel Frahm


A regular on the New York City club circuit, award-winning saxophonist Joel Frahm has appeared alongside noted jazz artists such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Dianne Schuur, Freddy Cole, Jane Monheit and others.  He has performed at night clubs , music clinics and jazz festivals around the world. Fans know him for his big tenor sound - fluid, inventive and full of passion.


Coronavirus cancellations

Out of concerns for audiences and performers, many clubs have been closed and events cancelled because of the current medical crisis. Please check back periodically as events are rescheduled.

"The point of this music is to play joyfully..."

Joel talks about his early influences in jazz and offers advice to young players in this podcast from New York City's Smalls Jazz Club.

A Life in Jazz

Joel talks about the music that inspires him in a wide-ranging interview written by Peter Robb of artsfile, a Canadian   media company covering the arts in Ottawa, Ontario.

"Ear-catching inventiveness" in Ottawa

Joel appeared with the  Brad Mehldau Quintet at the 2019 Ottawa Jazz Festival. Here is a review.

Recording news

Joel is one of several guest artists on  Brad Mehldau's "Finding Gabriel," which won a 2020 Grammy award as "Best Jazz Instrumental Album."  Joel also appeared on the Dafnis Prieto Big Band album, "Back to the Sunset," winner of a 2019 Grammy and was a featured soloist on the 2019 Grammy-nominated album, "My Mood is You," by vocalist Freddy Cole.


  • Here is an interview with Joel posted on
  • And another from Chronogram Magazine.

From 'Jazz Times' magazine

New England Public Radio host Tom Reney writes about Joel in this Jazz Times column, "Storytelling Tenor."