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Turnpike Joe & The Traffic Jam

Band Members:Turnpike Joe and the Traffic Jam

Turnpike Joe - Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Joanne J-Bird Phillips - Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Ira Kaye - Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Jay Sharkey - Drums, Vocals

Entertaining Long Island NY since 1977, Turnpike Joe & The Traffic Jam presents its own "tight interpretations" of Classic Rock/Pop tunes of the 60's & 70's plus Originals.....with music from Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry to The Ramones, Tom Petty and Queen. This professional band, with its signature "tight, clean sound" is comprised of four well seasoned musicians, with a long history of being SELECTED to entertain for some of Long Island NY's most prestigious music festivals and events, private parties, corporate events, the L.I. Library circuit and 30+ years in the local club scene.

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Sat. June 25, 2016 - "Summer 2016 Kickoff", Peter's Clam Bar, Island Park, NY 6-9pm
Sat. July 16, 2016 - "Summertime Fun", Peter's Clam Bar, Island Park, NY 6-9pm
Sat. July 23, 2016 - "Mixed Music Bag" Free Concert, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach NY, 2-3:30pm
Sat. Sept. 3, 2016 - "Labor Day Celebration" Peter's Clam Bar, Island Park NY, 6-9pm
Sun. Oct.16, 2016 - "The Annual Oyster Festival" (The largest waterfront festival on The East Coast), Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay NY, 3-4:15pm, Main Stage
Sat. Oct. 22, 2016 - "Long Beach ROXX NY" Free Rock Music Festival, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach NY 4-5pm


Joanne J-Bird Phillips
Tel: 516-320-3026

Performance Credits

Just a very few band credits include:

  • #1 Rock Band for the NYS Parks Dept. - L.I. Region, as touted on News 12 Long Island
  • Harley-Davidson NYS Rally
  • Long Island Corvette Show
  • Montauk Lighthouse Festival
  • Blooming Grove NY Bicentennial
  • The Annual Oyster Festival, Oyster Bay NY - The largest waterfront festival on the East Coast of the USA
  • The City of Long Beach NY Summer Concert Series
  • OTB of Greater New York
  • Town of North Hempstead Summer Concerts
  • Town of Hempstead Summer Concerts Under The Stars
  • The Brotherhood Winery Summer Concert Series
  • Town of Babylon Beach Blast at Overlook Beach
  • The Jones Beach Lobsterfest
  • Benefits for North Shore Hospital's Children's Cancer Center and Winthrop University Hospital
  • The Nassau County Library Circuit
  • 30+ Years in the Long Island NY club scene

Press Clippings

"THE TRAFFIC JAM, a party band generating a big buzz these days..." ~Good Times Magazine

"The weather was as warming as the delight in the eyes of the spectators as they lined Main Street for the Centennial Parade featuring the music of Turnpike Joe & The Traffic Jam. Their superb rendition of the Beatles' "Birthday" added to the festive flair of the float for Blooming Grove's 100th year at Washingtonville, NY" ~From the Desk of The Blooming Grove Supervisor, The Orange County Post

"TURNPIKE JOE & THE TRAFFIC JAM heats up the party rock..." ~Long Island Entertainment

"The City of Long Beach and the Long Island Corvette Owners Association get together to celebrate the city's 75th anniversary with 'A Day at the Beach' featuring one of the biggest displays of 'Vettes ever. They roll onto Riverside Blvd. where they will park and drivers will cavort to music by Turnpike Joe & The Traffic Jam." ~Newsday

"...TURNPIKE JOE & THE TRAFFIC JAM. Well, you say, that may be good advice for a Saturday night." ~Newsday

"Turnpike Joe & TTJ is a competent band that plays tight renditions of classic rock and pop tunes." ~The Island Ear


"All Over Now" - Performed at The 3rd Annual Long Beach ROXX NY rock music festival, 2014

"I Thank You" - Performed at The 3rd Annual Long Beach ROXX NY rock music festival, 2014