"there's no doubt he's a natural star"- Carolyn Sulcas, New York Times
Joseph Webb and Beautiful Fire embodies a mash-up of musical genres accompanied by lyrics dealing with rebirth and self-affirmation. Their music is a blend of hip-hop, jazz, soul, tap dance and spoken word. Connecting live instrumentation with an incredible rhythm and horn section, Webb creates an engaging and interactive atmosphere evoking sheer inspiration. The lyrical arrangements become a quasi-meditative chant in a similar tone of inspired self-determination: Reach, Stretch, Be all you can be, Not ashamed to stand alone and sing and more. Webb strives for the music to be inclusive of all things positive, relatable, desirable, relevant, loving (both eros & agape), spiritually uplifting, gratifying and nutritionally necessary. He is the musical equivalent of the Griot in rhythm and rhyme. The quartet performed at the Red Hook Festival in Brooklyn, University Settlement, and LaMaMa (NYC) among others.
Album On ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beautiful-fire/id287195549
LIVE in Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhfCGAgebRU
Award winning actor, dancer, and poet Joseph Webb has showcased his talent in performances through the years including the Tony Award-winning Broadway production, Bring in 'Da Noise Bring in 'Da Funk with Savion Glover. Following his Broadway success, Webb appeared in the Martin Scorsese film Bringing Out The Dead, and in numerous print and television ads. He has also performed on talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. He has forged a career spanning rhythm tap and improvisational music as a vocalist and emcee. A true artist, Webb decided to pursue another artistic interest and formed his own band, The Joseph Webb Quartet.
He is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar, one of the National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts Level I awardees and a Presidential Scholar. Webb graduated in 2001 from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Theater Arts. He is a full-time lecturer at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, and has been on staff at Harlem School of the Arts for the past six years. In September 2008, he was a special guest artist at the 25th Anniversary of Gala Des Etoiles Dance Gala in Montreal. In 2009, he was a guest teacher and performer at the D.C. and L.A. Tap Festivals, a special guest artist at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, DE and executed a stellar performance at the Tap City Concert in NYC. He is currently in the cast of Thank You Gregory, which is touring the United States. Understanding that his talent and achievements are attributed to more than his commitment and contribution to the journey, Webb gives thanks for that which has no name but can only be felt, that which has neither beginning nor end.