Press Releases

Prof. Joe Ferry Releases New Ska CD

Date Released: 10/29/2007

Multiple Grammy-nominee Joe Ferry’s new CD, 55:22 features a great blend of Jamaican ska all as only Ferry can do it. Joining him on the recording are ska legend Victor Rice, drummer Phil Wartell of the Radiation Kings, guitarist Brett Tubin (King Django, Rudie Crew, Big Ska Band), and others. This is his second release on Shantytown Records, and he has written seven of the nine songs on 55:22.  His previous ska CDs include Skallelujah, Big Ska and Bootleg.

Dr. Ferry is Chair of Studio Production in the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, and a producer, bassist, arranger and composer. He produces over 200 recording sessions each year for such record labels as CMH, Vitamin, CMG, Mighty Tiger, Shanachie and Larchmont, working mostly in the genres of reggae, ska, blues, klezmer, lounge, classical and jazz.

Over a career spanning almost 30 years, Dr. Ferry has produced records and played bass on recording sessions for such noted artists as the Skatalites, Dr. John, Rhonda Vincent, Eileen Ivers, Nicolette Larson, John Hammond, Sue Foley, Double Trouble, the Roches, the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, the Skandalous All-Stars and Delbert McClinton. His critically acclaimed productions are among the most famous of the 80's and 90's, including “People Get Ready—A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield” (featuring David Sanborn, Vernon Reid, and Huey Lewis & the News, among many others), “Bluesiana Triangle” (featuring Dr. John, Art Blakey and Dave Newman) and Hi-Bop Ska (the Skatalites).

Dr. Ferry has toured the USA extensively as bassist with the Sue Foley Blues Band, Billy Vera, Richie & the Pocket Rockets, Syndicate of Soul, the Lounge Brigade, Jackie Martino, as well as his own bands Hurtin' Buckaroos and Big Ska. He has played bass and guitar on thousands of record dates for a variety of artists including Sue Foley, Mick Taylor (formerly of the Rolling Stones), Arlene Smith (lead singer of the Chantells), Debbie Davies, Michael Hill, Luther Vandross, Debbie Allen, Rhonda Vincent, Guy Davis, Pete Seeger, the Full House Ryhthm Kings, Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors, and many more.

He owns his own publishing company, Joe Ferry Music, as well as his own production company, Big Ska Productions.