Guitarist Joel Shapira is an internationally acclaimed musician residing in St. Paul / Minneapolis MN. He's a leader and/or member of multiple top Twin Cities' jazz ensembles, as well as a master of the demanding discipline of solo guitar. He performs regularly with world class musicians, has numerous recordings to his credit, and is an artist featured on the NYC record label Unseen Rain Records.
In 2017, with the release of his first solo guitar recording "In Essence", Shapira has received glowing accolades from critics in Vintage Guitar magazine, The Jazz Police, The Villager newspaper, Jazz writer Andrea Canter, as well as from listeners and fans. KBEM Jazz/88.5FM in the Twin Cities, has given the recording extensive airplay since it's release in early June. For info and sound samples check here.
Other current projects include: The Joel Shapira trio every Sunday at Basement Bar Mpls, Jazz Qt. Bottomless Pit, Charmin and Shapira jazz guitar/vocal Duo, with international vocalist Charmin Michelle, Vic Volare Quintet for twenty years running, Trio 280, a jazz organ trio featuring original music, Lowertown Trio, a jazz, funk, rock trio with vocals and percussion, a regular church Duo with piano every Sunday at Andrew Riverside Church Mpls, The Joel Shapira Qt., with its release "Open Lines" in 2011, and a multitude of other sideman gigs and solo guitar gigs, including solo guitar every Tuesday 4-7pm at MSP international airport, and for over two years the dinner show twice monthly at Vieux Carre on Thursday’s at 6pm.
Joel has studied with some of the world's great guitarists including (the late) jazz legends Joe Pass and Tal Farlow. He studied guitar, harmony and composition extensively with the great NYC jazz guitarist Jack DeSalvo, as well as attended the Mannes School of music whilst living in New York City for over six years.
CHARMIN & SHAPIRA
Performing for twenty years and running, guitarist Joel Shapira and vocalist Charmin Michelle have what may be considered the most formidable jazz duo in MN. Charmin and Shapira. The duo is available for all venues, private events, corporate events and more. Add the great sidemen of Paul Harper (sax, flute), Tom Lewis (bass), and Nathan Norman (drums), makes it a jazz ensemble of the highest order. Dozens of performances at the Dakota jazz club in Minneapolis, Vieux Carre St. Paul, Orchestra Hall, Bloomington Black Box theater, and countless other locations. Please inquire for prices and availability.
Joel has over 20 years experience performing at weddings and private events at all major indoor and outdoor venues. Check out Joel's classical, jazz, and pop song lists, and please contact for prices and availability.
For over 25 years Joel Shapira has taught guitar extensively. He currently teaches in St. Paul at Cadenza Music. For lesson inquiries please e-mail.