Joey Altruda is a musician, composer, producer and bandleader from Los Angeles. California.
In 1989, with the help of drummer Willie McNeil, he created the band Jump With Joey, performing American Jump Swing music and early forms of Jamaican Ska. The group gained notoriety for backing pioneering Jamaican musicians such as Roland Alphonso, Laurel Aitken, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, and Ken Lazarus. In 2006, Altruda was awarded a lifetime achievement award for the Preservation Of Jamaican Music and Culture.
In the past 35 years he has worked with a wide spectrum of artists including Seu Jorge, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Bo Diddley, El Gran Fellove, Joe Houston, Don & Dewey, Rose Maddox, Levi Dexter, Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Plas Johnson, Les Baxter, Sir Coxson Dodd, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Rangin, Rico Rodriguez, and many more.
Joey’s music has also been used in many films and television programs for the past 20 years.