Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. His live shows are a mixture of virtuosic musicianship, breath-taking theatricality and interaction with the audience, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits.
As a singer-songwriter he has released 5 critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK Jazz chart. Joe has toured around the world with his band and as a solo act, appearing in festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls from Ronnie Scotts to The Barbican to Birdland in New York. He is frequently a guest performer with orchestras including The John Wilson Orchestra, RLPO, RTE and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and regularly puts together his own Big Band for sold-out shows across the country. He hosts annual shows featuring illustrious names from the worlds of theatre, comedy and jazz at Crazy Coqs, Joe Stilgoe and Friends, and his Christmas specials at the Lyric Hammersmith have included Rob Brydon, Jamie Parker and Meow Meow. He made his Albert Hall debut as a special guest with Guy Barker’s Big Band.
He works extensively on radio, having hosted and starred many times in BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, while also being a regular presence on the station (catch him with his own show on Christmas Day this year). He has appeared on the Now Show, Loose Ends and The Horne Section for Radio 4, and is a regular on In Tune for Radio 3.
As a performer he starred in High Society at The Old Vic in 2015, which led to him being invited to perform at the 2016 Olivier Awards, and in 2018 starred in Guys And Dolls at the Albert Hall.
As composer and lyricist, he wrote music and lyrics for a new production of The Jungle Book, which toured the UK in 2018, and The Midnight Gang, an adaption of the David Walliams novel.
On TV, he has appeared most notably hosting BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, and least notably in Bargain Hunt.