Joe Diorio Tribute Lesson

by | Jazz Improvisation

On February 2nd 2022, I was saddened to hear that we lost a great jazz guitar pioneer…Joe Diorio. As a result I have decided to dedicate this lesson to his memory and share with you a sample of his unique contribution to the ongoing evolution of jazz guitar.

When I first heard Joe Diorio back in the late 70’s, my initial impression was that he was doing for the first time on guitar what John Coltrane, and especially McCoy Tyner did on their respective instruments. And if you are familiar with their music, I’m sure you agree!

In this video I share with you a couple of transcriptions that display 2 concepts that when applied to the guitar, Joe Diorio is credited as being one of the main pioneers. And I am referring to the use of quartal harmony, both when improvising and comping, as well as when playing “outside” the changes.


The “Joe Diorio Tribute Lesson” Files can be downloaded for $7.00.  The download includes:  A PDF featuring regular notation and TAB of all the transcriptions, as well as MP3s  and Band In A Box files which you can use to practice all of it if you have the software.

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