Joe Cardillo

Joe Cardillo: Clarinet, Flute, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals

Genre: Acoustic, Jazz

RIYL: Howie Day, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews

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Inception: San Diego, 2005

Influences: Avicii, The Beatles, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, CCW, DMB, Dispatch, The Eagles, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Buffett, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Journey, The Lumineers, Needtobreathe, Oasis, OCMS, One Republic, Otis Redding, Pearl Jam, Phillip Phillips, The Rolling Stones, Sublime. Tom Petty, U2, Van Morrison, Zack Brown Band, Jeff Coffin, Karl Denson, Lettuce, Soulive, Maceo Parker, Tower of Power


While attending the College of the Holy Cross, Joe Cardillo studied saxophone under the Michael Monaghan (Boston Pops saxophonist) and graduated with a B.A. in Musical Performance and Music Education. He has played over 1,000 shows in 35 states on multiple national tours, has recorded session work (on saxophone) on over 20 albums and has recorded and produced local, regional and international touring acts.

Cardillo 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 Cardillo’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.


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