JOE'S PUB WORKING GROUP (JPWG) aims to enrich the sustainability and growth of New York-based emerging and established artists’ careers by providing administrative resources, physical space and curatorial services, further cultivating a community atmosphere wherein those artists can create and sustain new and developing work.
Playwright / Songwriter
Dan Fishback is a playwright and performing songwriter. His musical The Material World was called one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012 by Time Out New York. The Village Voice said his play You Will Experience Silence was “sassier and more fun than Angels in America." Fishback has released several albums and toured Europe and North America, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread. Fishback founded and directs the Helix Queer Performance Network, a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics. Fishback is a proud member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council. Fishback will mount a reading of his new musical Rubble Rubble on March 1st. Cheese On Bread will release "The One Who Wanted More, their first album in 11 years, at Joe's Pub on April 6, with a performance hosted by Cole Escola and featuring guests Molly Pope and Michael R. Jackson.
Multi-instrumentalist / Composer
Dana Lyn is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, who works and performs artists like Tony Award-winning musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Irish poet Louis de Paor, actor Vincent D’Onofrio, Taylor Mac and avant cellist Hank Roberts. Her compositions have been performed at the Savannah Music Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Austin’s NMASS Festival, Stillwater Music Festival and Carnegie Hall. Her own projects are a mixed quintet called Mother Octopus, a collaboration with D’Onofrio entitled Slim Bone Head Volt, and a duo with guitarist Kyle Sanna, all of which have releases in 2018. Dana has been an artist-in-residence at the Avaloch Music Farm Institute since 2014 and was an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2017. She will celebrate the release of her third album with Sanna on April 13 at the Irish Arts Center, and the release of the second Slim Bone Head Volt album on May 4 at Joe's Pub.
Violinist / Composer
Juliette Jones is a multi-genre acoustic and electric violinist. A BMI composer, Juliette has scored, recorded and contracted countless film, TV and multimedia projects, including the Oscar-nominated film Mudbound, the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards Elton John Tribute, Solange Knowles’s performances of A Seat at the Table at the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall and more. As a performer, Juliette has worked with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, JustinTimberlake, Janelle Monáe, Hans Zimmer, John Legend, Toshi Reagon, Pharrell, Common, Frank Ocean, Hit-Boy, Florence + The Machine, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Ryan Leslie, Kid Cudi, Richard Smallwood and Sheila E. She is the founder of Rootstock Republic, a boutique string production company. Her latest work, a six-piece orchestration of Nina Simone’s love songbook, will make its NYC debut at Joe’s Pub in celebration of Women’s History Month.
SAMORA ABAYOMI PINDERHUGHES
Composer / Pianist / Vocalist
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist, known for large multidisciplinary projects examining sociopolitical issues. His album The Transformations Suite was named by Downbeat Magazine and Apple Music as a Top 10 album of the year. A graduate of Juilliard, Samora has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Anna Deavere-Smith, Glenn Ligon, Branford Marsalis, Lalah Hathaway, and more. He is also a member of Blackout for Human Rights, the arts & social justice collective founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, and was musical director for their #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events. A Sundance Composers Lab fellow, Samora recently scored the award-winning documentary “Whose Streets?”, and co-wrote "The Cross" for the Netflix film Burning Sands along with Common and Robert Glasper.
Singer / Actress / Comedian
Tori Scott is a singer, actress and comedian who was recently called “the Bette Midler of the new millennium” by Provincetown Magazine and has been named a Top 10 Cabaret Performer by Time Out New York. She has graced the stage of Joe’s Pub for the past five years and has toured her solo shows to London, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Provincetown and cruise liners full of shirtless gay men at sea. On television, she's counted to 20 as a singing garbage woman on “Sesame Street” and dubbed the vocals of a singing hooker on HBO's Cathouse: The Musical. Her debut album Plan B! was recorded live at Joe’s Pub and was released on Chicken Ranch Records in December 2017. Her new show Tori Scott Shame Spirals will be performed at Joe's Pub April 10, May 17 and June 12.
VAN LIER FELLOW
Singer / Composer
South African jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe also joins the program as part of The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship, which offers support for talented young artists from historically underrepresented populations.