Joseph Maher a/k/a "Big Joe" Maher has been a performing drummer/singer over past 30 years. His list of credits is like a "who’s who of blues & jazz," having performed at an early age in his high school jazz band "The Starliners" with the likes of greats like Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Mudell Lowe, James Moody, just to name a few. Thanks to Col. Joe Carley, a retired Air Force Colonel and Director of the Starliners, who knew all of these great musicians and invited them to sit in as guest performers often. After high school Joe went immediately on the road with his own jazz trio. His mission then started to become an accomplished singer/drummer. Over time he shared the stage and backed up musicians like Jimmy Witherspoon, Bullmoose Jackson, James "Thunderbird" Davis, Nappy Brown, Otis Rush, Earl King and more. In the late 80’s after performing with and managing nine piece swing band "The Uptown Rhythm Kings," and after a few years as drummer and touring with the Tom Principato Band, Joe formed his own 5 piece blues jump group "Big Joe & The Dynaflows." In between touring and local performances with the Dynaflows, in the mid-90's Joe accepted the role as musical coordinator for Mick Fleetwood's club in Alexandria, VA "Fleetwoods." His knowledge of the local and national blues & jazz scene helped him land the position which had the club filled with top notch talent!
The Dynaflows release "I'm Still Swingin" on the Maryland based Severn Records received the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) "Best Blues Recording" in 1998 and their 2000 release of "All Night Long" also on Severn, is currently receiving very favorable reviews.
Past Dynaflows releases include "Layin' in the Alley" on the New Orleans based Black Top Records. This CD received the (WAMA) "Best Blues Recording" in 1994. There is also the Dynaflows first release "Good Rockin'Daddy" on the Powerhouse label & "Cool Dynaflow" on a European label.
You Can't Keep a Big Man Down, Severn CD 0051
All Night Long, Severn CD 0009
I'm Still Swingin', Severn CD 0004
Big Joe & the Dynaflows, Layin' In the Alley, Black Top
Big Joe & the Dynaflows, Christmas Sampler, Black Top
Big Joe Maher & Jeff Sarli, Mojo, Mapleshade Records
Big Joe & the Dynaflows, Cool Dynaflow, Tramp
Big Joe & the Dynaflows, Good Rockin Daddy, Powerhouse/Ichiban
Bob Margolin, The Old School, Powerhouse/Ichiban
Tom Principato, In Orbit, Powerhouse Ichiban
Mark Wenner, Nothin' But, Powerhouse/Ichiban
Ann Rabson, Music Makin' Mama, Alligator Records
Joe Stanley, King of the Honkey Tonk Sax, Mapleshade
Compilation, The Blues You Would Hate to Lose, Right On Rhythm
Compilation, Jumpin' the Blues, Wanna Dance
Compilation, Made For Dancin', Beach Bag
Compilation, Blues on the Loose, Beach Bag
Compilation, I Warned You Baby, Gutter Records