New School Jazz student Joel Kruzic (double bass) presents his senior recital.
Joel Kruzic, 21, hails from Kenwood, a small wine town roughly 45 miles north of San Francisco. He moved to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Growing up in a musical household, he was encouraged at a young age to pursue music by both his parents; his father, Paul, is a self-employed woodworker and a bluegrass and folk guitarist who taught Joel to play guitar, and his mother, Linda, is a grocery store employee and great lover of all arts. After starting classical piano lessons at the age of six, Joel began playing guitar shortly after and focused on the latter as his main instrument until his mid-teens, when he discovered the upright bass, which he chose as his instrumental focus and major during his four years at the New School.
In addition to playing with such groups as Santa Rosa Youth Symphony, Billy Harper’s 60 Voices Project, and Liptaf, Joel has studied the double bass with Steve Hoffman, Andy McKee, Bob Cranshaw, and for the past three years, Michael Moore. He has also had the fortune of studying guitar with Keith Richman, Jason Bodlovich, Jim Camilongo and Howard Alden. In addition to playing music, Joel enjoys the outdoors through hiking, fly-fishing, backpacking and rock climbing in his spare time, often accompanying his older brother Max on trips throughout the American West.