Joe Goltz

New Orleans brass band, second line and funk trombone


Joe Goltz is a New Orleans-style brass band trombonist living in Rockville, Maryland.  He began playing trombone at age 10 in the public school band program in Monroe, Wisconsin, but it was while at college at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville that Joe met the members of Youngblood Brass Band, by whom he was introduced to the New Orleans brass band genre. 

The fiery, audacious New Orleans brass band style enabled Joe to bring all of his musical interests to the plate: jazz, funk, punk, hip-hop, soul and ska.  With Youngblood Brass Band Joe has pushed America’s oldest form of musical art (New Orleans jazz) toward the modern sounds of hip-hop and electronic musics while remaining steeped in the traditional New Orleans sound with his bands Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, The Extra Crispy Brass Band, and District Brass (with whom he also fronts the band and sings lead vocals).

From the streets to stages and studios; Joe’s done it all: festivals, clubs, weddings, burlesque shows, corporate events, second lines, cocktail parties, presidential rallies, throwing down on your street all the way to world tours. 

Recently, Joe joined Washington D.C.'s award-winning funk and soul outfit AZTEC SUN and performed on their upcoming album produced, and mixed, by soul sultan Alan Evans (Soulive/Matador! Soul Sounds). Joe has been featured on each Youngblood Brass Band album, Mama Digdown’s “Delicious, “ and “We Make ‘Em Say Ooh” albums, The Extra Crispy Brass Band’s “One Step Forward” album,  Four Star Brass Band’s “Get Your Four Star On” album, and arranged horn parts for and recorded with Mike Maimone of Mutts on his new "The High Hat Club EP."  Joe will be touring with English Ska/Rock band Imperial Leisure and Youngblood Brass Band in the Summer and Fall of 2018 and will be performing with Aztec Sun, promoting their new album "In the Name of Everyone," this winter.

The Spring 2015 issue of The British Trombone Society’s ‘The Trombonist’ magazine features Joe Goltz on the cover and the television show Fargo used a live recording of Joe playing Youngblood Brass Band’s “Brooklyn” on their episode ‘Aporia’ (SE3:EP9).