Joe Negri

Joe Negri January 2016It is hard to describe music in Pittsburgh without first mentioning the name Joe Negri. A legendary figure with an enormous capacity for sharing his love of jazz, Joe (b. 6-10-26) has managed to easily straddle the line between performing artist and educator. At home with the symphony, in the classroom at Carnegie Mellon or Duquesne University, teaching young children with his “Jazz in the Neighborhood” program, or with a jazz quartet at a nightclub or society party, Joe is the quintessential professional guitarist/educator. Of course, millions of children (over several generations) remember him as Handyman Negri from the PBS Show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. But jazz guitarists think of him as a dedicated, knowledge-filled, versatile straight-ahead player with elder-statesman status and common sense approach to music.

Joe Negri with his Bravo Model. (Photo by David Aschkenas)

VIEW JOE’S SITE – (Composer & TV Personality)

Joe Negri, Center for American Music staff member Kathryn Miller Haines, left, and Ed Galloway, ULS Archives Center 2015Jan. 2015! The Joe Negri Collection became the 1,000th collection guide produced by the University Library System (ULS) at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh.



Joe Negri Uptown Elegance CD2014! Listen to Joe’s gorgeous CD (with the great name!), Uptown Elegance: Joe Negri, produced by Marty Ashby



Support the Joe Negri Scholarship Fun c/0 The Marry Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University.

Joe Negri in 2012 (Nate Guidry Post-Gazette) with caption

Joe-Negri-Jazz-Guitar-Scholarship-Duquesne-University-April-26-2013A Tribute to Joe Negri - Duquesne University Honors the Godfather of their Jazz Guitar Program April 26 2013Joe Negri with Tony BennettJoe Negri in wine cave bio photo2Joe Negri photoJoe Negri and Walt Harper promoting a 1960 jazz concert PittsburghJoe Negri 2014 Pam Panchak for Post-GazetteJoe Negri NPR article on Handyman Negri from Mr Rogers 2010Joe Negri Bucky Pizzarelli at Benedetto clinic at Duquense 2010 GALLERYDuquesne Univ 2010 Joe Negri Bucky Pizzarelli Howard PaulJoe Negri with Benedetto Bravo vintageguitar mag ad 6-2010Negris and Benedettos Pittsburgh 2004Joe Negri at Stephen Foster ceremony Jan 2014 Photo by Larry Roberts/Post GazetteJoe Negri Baby Jeffy with Joe NegriJoe Negri age 5Joe Negri, Center for American Music staff member Kathryn Miller Haines, left, and Ed Galloway, ULS Archives Center 2015