Joe Dolister picked up a bass at 11 and never looked
back. He started gigging professionally at 14, moved to Milwaukee
at 17 and shortly thereafter developed a reputation for being one
of the “workingest” bass players in the Milwaukee jazz scene.
The supremely talented group working that scene at the time
included Joe Dolister on bass, keyboardists Buddy Montgomery and
Melvin Rhyme, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist David Hazeltine, and
others. Here is where Joe developed his “ear”, his deepest jazz
roots and highest musical standards.
Working with the band “Montreaux”, Joe recorded his first album by
the same name and went on the road. After traveling most of the
central part of the country, Joe headed West. Home became the
gorgeous Sierra Nevada mountains of California, where his
involvement in a wide variety of musicians opened his world to new
He also raised his son
Caleb… who is now a talented drummer and brilliant musician in
his own right. Taking after his dad with proficiencies in several
musical genres, Caleb’s band
is gaining momentum in the music world with a fusion of jazz, funk
Equally comfortable on upright and electric bass, Joe Dolister now
covers the gamut that begins with his deep jazz roots – and goes
on to include latin jazz, funk, rock and soul.
Most recently, Joe has recorded with singers
Jackie Landrum and
Erika Paul, jazz drummer
Mat Maruchi, latin jazz band Terra Nova,
jazz guitarist Akio Sasajima and classical violinist Tomoko
Sugita. With Akio and Tomoko, Joe has toured in Japan twice. In
2003, the trip was to promote Sugita’s CD “Memories of the
Northern Lake”; where the band included Sasajima, Dolister and
acclaimed jazz drummer Akira Tana.