I saw a robin this morning
Look again now there are two,
And, now I can happily sing,
And thank every robin for bringing,
Another spring day to spend with you.
“I Saw a Robin this Morning”
Music by Joe Negri
Lyric by Loonis McGlohon

“Beyond the Bluebird”

First off I would like to ask your forgiveness for being so lax regarding updating this home page. It just got away from somehow. I’m sorry and I’ll try not to let it happen again.

Well it looks as though spring has really arrived – and, I have seen a robin. We honestly cannot complain too much about this past winter, if indeed it was any winter at all.

All is well – I’m walking every day and trying to stay healthy. I’m still teaching at Pitt and Duquesne and enjoying working with the young, upcoming jazz guitarists.

I have eased up considerably on my gigging around town although I’m still doing concert dates and my “Mass of Hope” when the occasion arises. We’ll have some dates coming up later this spring and summer that we’ll be sure to keep you updated on.

I’ve been quite busy writing more guitar music and hope to have two new guitar books ready by summer. We’re calling them “One Guitar Vol. 2” and “One Guitar Vol.3.” They will have my arrangements of classic songs from the American songbook, film and TV, latin classics, and some jazz classics. Vol.2, for example, has songs like: But Beautiful, Close Enough for Love, So Many Stars, If I only had a Brain from the Wizard of Oz. and the Errol Garner classic Misty. Volume 3 will have a similar mix of songs.

Incidentally, Craig Cannon and the Bella Voci singers at their spring concert to be held on May 13, at the Community Center in Fox Chapel, will introduce the song at the top of this note “I saw a Robin this Morning.” Visit bellevocipgh.com for more details.
I’ll be the guest at the 2nd Annual Our Lady of Grace Pentecost Arts Fest to be held in early June. I’ll be there on Sat June 3rd at 2:00 PM.

My wife Joni and I are heading down to Naples Florida to spend Easter with my daughter Laurie and son-in-law Dr. Bill Bentz. All the best and happy spring to all!

Keep swinging and put a little jazz into your life,


Here is a video that my Granddaughter Natalie put together for my 90th birthday:

Produced by Natalie Leven, Background music:  Minha Saudade by Joao Donato, Natalie by Joe Negri, Nina’s Smile by JoeNegri

PS: My thanks to Max Leake for his superb handling of the web site. What a Renaissance man!

Be sure to check out the CDs in my store. “Guitars for Christmas” is still a hot item. One of the top jazz guitar holiday CDs. It makes a wonderful gift.

There is a new guitar chart of “Here, There and Everywhere” celebrating the Beatles 50th on the “Lessons” page.

Check out a review of “Dream Dancing”

Check out a couple of videos below of performances old and new!

Check out my updated Calendar of Engagements.


Video from Post-Gazette Story on Joe

Video of Joe and Johnny Costa on the Ken Griffin Show (circa 1955)

Video of the Gershwin Medley with the Wheeling Symphony