Bentley was born in London in 1975 and brought up in the East End
where his first musical experiences were on the piano and playing
drums for the his primary school's steel band. At secondary school,
Joe took up trombone but, despite listening to jazz, funk and soul
throughout his teens, it wasn't until he was studying for A-levels
that he began to play in non-classical settings and to attend the
Weekend Arts College's jazz workshops.
in playing continued during four years at Edinburgh University,
where he studied English literature before returning to London to
live and work.
As a trombonist
Joe has performed and recorded with a wide range of London's creative
talent, including Synergy, Polar Bear, Eska Mtungwazi, Bembe Segue,
2 Banks of Four, Chartwell Dutiro and Menlo Park.
sustains a thriving non-musical career. As a web editor and producer
he has worked for BBC1, Channel 4 and Carlton Television, where
he produced the BAFTA-winning website for Starfinder, a reality
gameshow for children. Today he works part-time as Research Manager
for the hub, an east London-based arts development consultancy.
Joe also serves as a member of the F-IRE board.