Joe has appeared at Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival (Time Out award), Henley Festival, Barbados Festival, Sardinia Jazz Festival, Sicily Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival and in jazz clubs from New York to Berlin to Kuala Lumpur.
He has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras including BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Northern Sinfonia, Lahti Symphony, Finland and the RTE Orchestra in Dublin.
In 2011 he made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe where his show One Hour! was a sell-out and garnered much critical acclaim (5 stars in The Scotsman). Having signed to Candid Records in 2008, he then left the label after releasing his first album 'I Like This One' to self fund his second, the 2012 released 'We Look To The Stars'. On the day of release it went straight to the top of the jazz charts while pulling in rave reviews from the national press and attracting new fans from Tim Minchin to Chris Evans to Sir Michael Parkinson. He has recently been booked to appear at the prestigious London Jazz Festival with a new project called 'Songs On Film', to be released as a live album before a new studio album, released in 2014. With collaborations including conductor John Wilson, British jazz legend Claire Martin and comedian Alexander Armstrong, Joe's career is expanding to contain the promise that BBC Radio 2 recognised when they commissioned Joe to make his own radio show in December 2013. 'Jingle Bell Joe', an hour of music, chat and comedy, aired on December 23rd 2013 and saw Joe singing, playing, hosting and welcoming guests as diverse and stellar as Damian Lewis, Caro Emerald, Cerys Matthews and Tim Minchin.
As a sought after cabaret act for private, charity and corporate events he regularly performs at the most exclusive parties, for a clientele as diverse as Madonna, Mark Ronson, Sir David Frost, Prince Edward, Sir John Major and Tom Ford.
Joe has worked extensively on radio, appearing on 'The Now Show' and 'The Horne Section' for Radio 4, and has been a contributor and special guest with Terry Wogan, Richard Madeley, Michael Parkinson and numerous other Radio 2 programmes including 5 appearances on 'Friday Night Is Music Night'. He has also appeared a number of times on television, most notably in 'Never Mind The Buzzocks', and least notably in 'Bargain Hunt'.
He is a founding member of the hit comedy show, 'The Horne Section'.
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'[Joe Stilgoe] proceeded to delight the audience with his take on a plethora of cinema classics.'more >>JazzTimes
'[Joe Stilgoe has] boundless energy and a cheeky precociousness, wide-ranging musical tastes and, most important, substantive cred as singer and pianist...a rockin' cruise through his cinema-going youth with a slick doo-wop feel.'more >>In Tune International
'I was quite impressed with the singer's refreshing jazzy take on his personal choice...'more >>Jazzwise
'...what came across most forcibly was not only film buff Joe Stilgoe's evident love of this material, but also the infectious joy of performing it...'more >>The Observer
'irresistible'more >>Daily Business Group
'I was in the presence of something special...an hour of breathtaking musicianship...Just stunning. Highly recommended.'more >>The Herald
'...sauve [and] effortlessly entertaining...'more >>Soul and Jazz and Funk
'Joe delivers with gusto, humour (where required) and an obvious passion for his source material.'more >>The Sunday Times
'quick-witted and urbane...no end of fun'more >>The Arts Desk
'Onomatopoeic delights and acerbic wit from top-drawer duo.'more >>The Jazz Rag
'Perfection is the word for this collection.'more >>Jazz Journal
'man of the moment'more >>Jazzwise
'Joe Stilgoe looks back to the Great American Songbook with such feeling, energy and, yes, love that it's impossible not to be swept along by the album's welcoming embrace.'more >>The Arts Desk
'Stilgoe's voice, so demure on the gentler songs, has a gritty rasp when extended, like a trombone played hard...'more >>The Sunday Times
'...the pick of the songs, most of them originals, have a modern, funky sheen.'more >>The Telegraph
Best Jazz Albums of 2015: '...quirky and interesting and there's a nostalgic charm to [the] big band numbers...'more >>When in doubt…Ridout Blog
'I defy you to resist the jazzy goodness...'more >>BBC London 94.9 'Robert Elms'
'A splendid thing indeed.'more >>Sunday Express
'The urbane Joe croons his way through a selection of nostalgia-inspired original songs - snappily arranged and beautifully sung.'more >>Mail on Sunday
'A joyful new big-band album.'more >>Sunday Express 'S Magazine'
'...bursting with new songs and big band numbers.'more >>The Observer
'... an album that you just can't stop playing.'more >>London Evening Standard
'Modern jazz infused with the spirit of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.'more >>BBC Radio 2 'Weekend Wogan'
'A good record.'Marlbank
'...clever, lyrically strong album...'more >>Soul and Jazz and Funk
'Album highlights are two gorgeous ballads - his own "Gold On Silver" and a cover of the standard "Too Late Now".'more >>BBC Radio 2 'Elaine Paige on Sunday'
'A lovely arrangement there...I like that a lot.'more >>
'The syncopated excellence of Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.'more >>London Jazz
'...a wondrous collection of old and new songs...[with] an outstanding band.'more >>Audiophile Audition
'The hallmark of a great Claire Martin album is always the excellent arrangements, and in combination with superb playing and Linn's magnificent sound,Time & Place does not disappoint - this may be her very best album yet.'more >>Choice Magazine
'An album full of delights and surprises.'more >>Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
'...there's tons of class throughout Time and Place. Half the intrigue lies in exactly that, the blend of the genteel with the git-down, the acumen in conflating two worlds to come up with a third...'more >>Daily Info, Oxford
‘Tonight's was a programme I wasn't expecting; nonetheless, I melted into its warm, soothing embrace, and I'll be dancing in the dark for a few hours yet.’more >>The Sunday Times
‘She's Leaving Home is a match for Lennon and McCartney's original. Martin has never sounded more authoritative.’more >>Deep Roots
'Ms. Martin's many admirers will not be surprised by the impact she makes with her cool approach, and newcomers to her art will find a reason to believe.'more >>BebopSpokenHere
'Last night at Sage Gateshead was superb and so was Claire, cellos notwithstanding, she gave a professional performance that clarified her position as numero uno.'more >>WBGO Radar
'The cabaret song [Goodbye For Now], performed with just voice and piano, is a fitting tribute to Bennett, and captures Martin's spirit at its best: she is wistfully clear-eyed and optimistic as only those who have truly lived can be.'more >>Jazz History Online
'As with all of Martin's recordings, the audio quality is exceptional...'more >>The Guardian
'[Claire] has rarely sounded so commanding and moving...'more >>Bop-N-Jazz
'Claire Martin is that rare vocal artist never afraid to push the lyrical envelope!'more >>Jazzwise
'Time and Place is one of those rare things: an album of standouts...Bennett's arrangement of album opener ‘My Ship'...is a thing of unfathomable beauty...'more >>Mojo
'British Jazz's First Lady innately personalises the songs of Kurt Weill, David Bowie, Thelonious Monk, Richard Rodney Bennett and others.'more >>About.com
'Martin's work here is exemplary: rich, romantic, fervent and classy.'more >>All About Jazz
'Few vocalists are as elegant and eloquent as Claire Martin...she's one of the crown jewels of the jazz world.'more >>