Joe Beck (July 29, 1945 – July 22, 2008) was an American guitarist who had been notable in jazz for more than 30 years. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Beck also briefly flirted with rock music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Beck played in a variety of jazz mediums, including jazz fusion, post bop, mainstream jazz and soul jazz. Beck began as a member of the Gil Evans orchestra. In 1970 he released Rock Encounter on Polydor Records.