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  • January, 2022:
    "JAZZ SPOKEN HERE", spontaneous jazz meets unrehearsed words 

    In the grand tradition of nine previous Joseph Hayes/La Lucha collaborations, spontaneous creation drives towards an unknown destination.

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    July 16, 2017:
    The word premiere of "Bucket Boy" a new play by Joseph Reed Hayes

    Following the successful 2015 Timucua production of “Tom Waits For No Man”, we returned to the White House with a new work, “Bucket Boy”, featuring unexpected performances from poet Gloria Muñoz, actress Alison Burns and La Lucha drummer Mark Feinman as The Bucket Boy, with a guest appearance from oboist Beatriz Ramirez-Belt.

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    November 22, 2015:
    The concert preview of "Tom Waits For No Man" a new play by Joseph Reed Hayes

    The story of Bobby Ace; semi-professional third-rate road musician trying to make a living by singing the songs of Tom Waits. This sold-out concert performance featured actor Cole NeSmith in a bravura performance and jazz wonders John O'Leary, piano; Mark Feinman, drums; Chuck Archard, bass; Riad Abdulsalam, tabla; Jeremy Birdsall, guitar; Loi Jeannette, vocals; and Daniel Jordan, saxophone. live on the Timucua White House stage.

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    November 6, 2014:
    House Concert featuring La Lucha with Jun Bustamante and special guest Benoit Glazer

    Pianist John O’Leary, bassist Alejandro Arenas and drummer Mark Feinman have toured and performed at jazz festivals around the world, including events in Italy and France. They performed with singer/songwriter Jun Bustamante, along with the host of the Timucua White House music series and musical director of Cirque Du Soleil, trumpeter Benoit Glazer and a reading by Jazz On Edge founder Joseph Hayes.

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    March, 2014: Jazz On Edge Unplugged, featuring Nicole Omat and Derrick Harris

    Two in a series of Jazz On Edge popup shows, placing amazing talents in unannounced, unexpected places to showcase Orlando and its musicians. Funded by the Awesome Foundation.

  • June 2014:
    House Concert with Jun Bustamante

    Composer, producer, and singer/songwriter Jun Bustamante performed to an intimate living room audience, along with a performance by playwright, workwrite and Jazz On Edge producer Joseph Reed Hayes

  • Jazz On Edge 5th Anniversary Series/13in13:
    Brian Groder & Tonino Miano

    13in13, the year-long creative project, spotlighted the talents of Brian Groder and Tonino Miano
    April 4: workshop in improvisation at the University of Central Florida
    April 5: live session with students, Taste College Park
    April 8, premiere of the CD, FluiDENSITY, at the Timucua White House

  • June 2011
    House Concert with the Per Danielsson Trio

    The Per Danielsson Trio (Marty Morell, Richard Drexler) appeared with their latest CD, TIME WILL TELL, full of what the Swedish call känsla—feeling, emotion, soul. Also bringing emotion and feeling to the House'cast stage is Kerouac House writer-in-residence David W. Berner, and in his first Jazz On Edge appearance as a performer, playwright Joseph Reed Hayes releases some never-before heard scenes from his work.

  1. Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel

    "Jazz On Edge" is a concert series that is the brainchild of Orlando freelance writer, promoter and musician Joseph Hayes, who put together the inaugural show in 2008 at Taste in College Park. The follow-up is moving on Saturday to the larger Garden Theatre in the emerging business center in downtown Winter Garden. He's calling the show "International Flavors and the Sound of Sax," and the headliners are designed for jazz fans who appreciate challenging music that leans on skilled musicians equipped to solo.
  2. Orlando Weekly

    "An admirable tilting at windmills – a balancing act of challenges and accessibility."
  3. Claire Courchene, musician

    "Jazz on Edge is a great thing for our community! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. Thanks so much for the opportunity! I can't wait to see what's in store for the next one!!"

freelance writer

As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and New York City, with a specialty on all things Orlando. Whether it's a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've written it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.


My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 60 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001; creator of House Theater Project and the year-long 13in13 series of shows. "Best local playwright: Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

food writer

Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs. I can write about the front of the house of a restaurant as well as the kitchen with equal expertise. Founding member, goFLA/SunshinePlate Central Florida.

jazz producer

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz since 2008, showcasing the best that Central Florida and the world has to offer in jazz to appreciative audiences, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online. Founder Word Play series, former Chair of Alternative Programming, Timucua Arts Foundation.