Specializing in saxophone, guitar, vocals, flute, and clarinet with genres ranging from jazz to funk, and rock. Available for touring, studio session work, private parties, corporate events, weddings.
BIOGRAPHY Throughout his music career, Joe Cardillo has played over 2,000 shows in 36 states on multiple national tours, has recorded session work on over 20 albums and has recorded and produced local, regional and international touring acts. He has also had over 100 private lesson students and has written, recorded and produced 6 children’s albums. While attending the College of the Holy Cross, Joe studied saxophone under the infamous Michael Monaghan (Boston Pops Saxophonist) and graduated with a B.A. in Musical Performance and Music Education. It is apparent that Joe is well-versed and knowledgeable in diverse fields of music. He understands that people strive to learn and grow through playing and recording music while maintaining positive experience in the surrounding. Joe has a upbeat attitude, a hard- work ethic and is naturally a team player. Whether he is doing a solo show, teaching a lesson/class, playing or producing a recording session, or performing with his band, Joe’s overall passion and drive to share music is contagious. He is courteous, fun, reliable, creative and will strive to give you the best product possible.
SOLO ACT INFO Joe creates a unique combination of live loops using percussive beats by thumping his guitar, laying down the chords, and playing bass lines (using the octave guitar pedal). In addition, he sings the melody while often times looping vocal harmonies. Perhaps the most unique aspect of his show is Joe’s ability to open up the songs by picking up any of his four saxophones and playing soulful solos with the loops in the background.Joe’s sound can be described as a melting pot of One Republic, Dave Matthews, Van Morrison, and Jason Mraz topped off with tasteful saxophone solos.
Throughout his music career, Joe has opened up for acts such as Sister Hazel, Dispatch, Everclear, Eric Martin, The Pat McGee Band and worked with Lakewest Studios producer Jack Gauthier (Dispatch, Pete Francis, Rich Price, Cardinal Direction).Joe has brought a whole new meaning to a “solo” act. In fact, when listening to his CD, numerous people have commented their disbelief in one person being able to produce the array of instruments and vocals without pre-recorded tracks. In order to truly appreciate and understand his style, a fan must see him play live at a show. The interaction and relationship Joe employs with his movement of tapping the various floor pedals to create loops and different sounds, while simultaneously playing his instruments and singing provides the audience with a voluminous sound and a distinctive live show that will make them come back for more.
Mix of Cover Songs using Loop Pedal:
Sax & Flute w/ Backing Tracks:
Duo ft. Mellow Cover Songs with Guitar Accompaniment:
A few recent wedding testimonials:
"Joe was professional and gave us everything we asked for at our wedding. He struck the perfect balance between being entertaining and unobtrusive. Without even being asked, Joe played extra songs to cover for a last minute delay. His musical talents added just the right touch of originality." — Matt and Sarah
"Joel and I just wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did at our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Literally every person commented how good the music was! Your music really made the wedding that much more fun. We appreciate how you worked with us in selecting just the right music on such short notice. Everything from the initial meeting to our wedding was very professional and well done. We will definitely recommend you. Thanks again, we had a great time!" – Hendrika & Joel
"During our big day we decided to have live music as part of the wedding, recession, and reception. Going into the experience my wife and I had an idea what we wanted but didn't know how to pull it all together. Working with Joe Cardillo, he made it easy and really helped create the mood and emotions we were going for. He was proactive with suggestions but not pushy. There really is a lot that goes into the prep of a wedding but with Joes professional experience it helped immensely. Come wedding day he had everything set up and ready to go from the PA system to the flow with the church director. He was kind and understanding throughout the process and we found him very pleasant to work with. The music was amazing and really created "live" moments that will live with us forever. Overall we both would recommend Joe for your wedding as he made our day even more special than it was planned to be." — Andrea and JD "Huge thanks to Joe for making our wedding one of the best nights of our lives! He was prompt, professional, and played the most amazing music we had heard in a long time. Practically every single guest commented on what an amazing musician we had. Anything we requested, if it was possible to do, Joe did his best to make it happen. He gave great suggestions and through the process he continued to be extremely helpful and polite. We definitely plan to use him in the future for other events and have referred him to friends. Joe truly goes out of his way to make your experience wonderful!" — Jessica and Steve "Joe and Kenny played our wedding in July and outdid themselves. Throughout the preparation process Joe was always professional and receptive to my ideas and captured them perfectly for our ceremony. Walking up to the beach and seeing Joe blasting away on his sax I knew these guys were not your run of the mill cover band. Fun of course, but also class. Playing the Beatles and Van Morrison with the waves crashing in the background, our guests gave nothing but positive remarks about their performance. Their tunes in the cocktail party were perfect to set the mood, and we were blown away by how well they learned some of our song requests. We gave them a song for our first dance and were nervous about how they'd play it. Joe took the time to listen to different versions of the song and by the big day had it down. Our first dance was amazing thanks to Joe and Kenny. We are so grateful." – John + Katie