Joseph Wooten & the Hands of Soul
Joseph Wooten & the Hands of Soul return to the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave on Saturday, June 10, 2023. The concert begins at 7:30pm CST (Doors at 7:00pm). The band brought down the house in their previous appearance in February and now they’re back for one night only!
LIVE PERFORMANCE TICKETS ($35) – NEW add a charcuterie box on eventbrite with your ticket, more details here.
JOSEPH WOOTEN: Joseph Allen Wooten, a loving husband and father, keyboardist, writer, arranger, producer, educator, motivational speaker, and author, is a 3-time Grammy Award nominated artist, and since 1993 is the keyboardist/vocalist for The Steve Miller Band. Born to Dorothy and Elijah “Pete” Wooten, Joseph is the 2nd youngest of the 5 Wooten Brothers, all musicians: 5-time Grammy Award Winning bassist, Victor Wooten; 5-time Grammy Award Winner and drummer/inventor Roy “Futureman” Wooten; guitarist Elijah “Regi” Wooten aka “The Teacha,” and the late saxophonist Rudy Wooten. (“Rudy’s Jazz Room” in Nashville, TN is named after him.)
Joseph’s early elementary school years were spent with his siblings playing nightclubs and sharing the stage with Curtis Mayfield, War, and other major artists of the time as “The Wooten Brothers.” In the ’70s, there were more major artists to share the stage with: The Temptations, The SOS Band, Stephanie Mills, Dexter Wansel, Ramsey Lewis, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and others.
As the ’80s arrived, the brothers caught the ear of the popular R&B artist/producer Kashif where they recorded an album entitled “The Wootens” for Arista Records. Joseph’s unmatched talent and undeniable groove landed him the position of band leader and keyboardist for Kashif. During that time with Arista Records, Joseph sang back ground vocals for Whitney Houston on her debut album, Kenny G, and co-wrote with Kashif and brother Roy “Call Me Tonight” which was Grammy nominated for Instrumental of the Year. Joseph contributed numerous compositions and keyboard/vocal work on Victor’s Grammy nominated CD, “Yin Yang”.
Joseph and his brothers had a residency at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, where Joseph honed his skills not only as a keyboardist, but, as an accordion player, arranger, and composer as he composed over 40 pieces of music for every individual cast member.
Joseph is now the keyboard player/vocalist for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Steve in the Steve Miller Band, playing large venues around the world. Whenever his extensive touring schedule allows, he also serves as keyboardist to his brother Victor Wooten, and fronts his own band, “Joseph Wooten & The Hands of Soul”. Joseph is also a member of an elite group of hand picked musicians called Freedom Sings, organized by the First Amendment Center in Washington D.C., presenting a multi-media experience celebrating The First Amendment and free expression. In addition to releasing several of his own albums and singles, Joseph continues to be very active composing, producing, and recording vocals and keyboards for other artists.
In 2017, he published his book, “It All Matters: What I Believe, Words That I Live By.” This collection of thoughts and concepts, originally recorded over the years in Joseph’s personal journal, is intended to make people think and give insight into who Joseph Wooten is as a person. When he is not traveling from city to city, Joseph can often be found speaking to students in middle school, high school, and college, about character development, self esteem, self respect, and personal growth using his own life experiences as examples. Recently Joseph played for career military Veterans and Gold Star families at the Field Of Dreams movie site. He also participated in “Operation Song” which takes the story of a Veteran and puts it to music. He also had the privilege to do a TEDx Talk in Memphis, Tennessee called “Why It All Matters.”
I Matter! You Matter! is a non-profit organization founded by Joseph Wooten and his wife, Stephanie, with the goal of creating positive change through speaking to and working with young people of all ages, giving scholarships to deserving young people, providing aid and support to the homeless and Veterans. Visit imatteryoumatter.com for more information.
Policies: The Jazz Cave is a BYOB establishment, with no alcohol or food service. You are free to bring alcoholic beverages and snacks. We sell soft drinks and bottled water. The Jazz Cave is a listening room, and we ask patrons to keep conversation to a minimum and silence cell phones. Audio and video recording is prohibited. TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. We do not issue refunds.