Joe Negri

Joe Negri is one of the most recognized names in Pittsburgh and is, without a doubt, one of the finest jazz guitarists in the country. Joe is the recipient of several prestigious awards.
Joe’s career has spanned several decades. He appears frequently as a guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops with Marvin Hamlisch. He has performed with such luminaries as Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Wynton, Bradford, Ellis Marsalis, and Yo Yo Ma.

Joe has served as musical director at WTAE-TV for more than twenty years. He has produced and performed as Handyman Negri for over thirty years on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

He currently teaches Jazz guitar at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.

He has recorded several albums of instrumental guitar music. He has also written a book for guitar, “A Common Sense Approach to Improvisation”.

Joe resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Joni. They have three daughters and three grand-daughters.