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Joe Castellano

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Musician, composer and arranger of international fame, Joe Castellano is now in the limelight of Italian blues since 18 years, since when he leads his JOE CASTELLANO'S SUPER BLUES BAND on the most prestigious stages of the best music festivals.

From year 2004, Joe and his own Super Blues & Soul Band are awarded as "Best European new original Big Soul Band" by the National Italian Radio – RADIO 1 RAI – and by so many International Radios and legendary American artists.

His last double live record "Blues & Soul with my Latin side" has been inserted in the June 2009, in the special hit "Top 25 album of the year" for the biggest American Blues/Soul Radio, "Blues Critic Soul Radio".

He took up a career as musician when he was only 14 and after several experiences, always connected with black music, in 1994 debuted with his Joe Castellano's Blues Band together with its special guest, the American sideman Arthur Miles (nephew of Jack McDuff and contributor to the first Zucchero's releases), and during the summer of the same year performs the opening act for the great King of Soul Solomon Burke. Since many years he is regarded as one of the most representative musicians of European soul/blues music, and has reached such a high level with his Super Blues Band, that it aroused enthusiasm also in the most expert public and in the most exigent critics in the world.

Active since more than 18 years on the blues stage, Joe has played with and has hosted in his band some leading international musicians, among which: The Blues Brothers, The Holmes Brothers, Johnny Adams, Sherman Robertson, Eddie Floyd, Sugar Blue, Pee Wee Ellis, Matt ‘guitar' Murphy, al Mckay, Sax Gordon Beadle, Chris Cain, Lenny Castro, Charles Walker, Keisha Jackson, Roy Roberts, Tony Coleman, Bobby Durham, Vernon Garrett, Gavin Christopher, Joey del Leon, Boney Fields, Waldo Weathers, Thornetta Davis, Harriet Lewis, Rev. Lee Brown, Simone De, Gordon Metz, Andy J. Forest, Bobby Johnson, Arthur Miles, Steve Logan, Derek Martin, Alec Milstein, Sharon Lewis and many others….

He sometimes hosts in his shows also some friends of his, who are the best in Italian soul/blues music, such as Michael Allen, Roberto Ciotti, James Senese, Giulio Todrani (Giorgia's father) and Paolo Belli.

He has performed the opening act for Solomon Burke (1994), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1995 and 2003), CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE (2004) and EARTH WIND & FIRE by Al McKay (2006 and 2007), on several Italian tour dates.

Since 2003 he was awarded "Best soul performer in Italy" by Radio 1 RAI every year and was finalist in the prestigious "International Songwriting Competition" (Nashville), a festival devoted to the best composers in the world.

He performed many times in the best Italian and European blues Festivals. From Nancy to Munich, through the stages of the best summer festivals of our country. Since 1995 he has been organizing promotional events and side-events for Blues & Wine Soul Festival, playing in some celebrated theatres and famous cities such as: Roma – Foro Italico and Roman Theatre of Ostia Antica, Napoli, Firenze, Milano, Taranto, Cesenatico, Trieste, L'Aquila, Ruffano (Lecce), Agrigento, Lamezia, Palermo, Cefalù, Siracusa, Marsala, Noto and many others….

Dr. Joe took part in and organized several concerts all around Italy and abroad, such as Agrigento Blues Festival (1994) and the festival La Ferrari e la musica (2006) – at formal invitation of the legendary Maranello brand and has played with the greatest interpreters of these musical genre.

Since 2010 on he has also presented the show "JOE CASTELLANO & THE SUPER SOUL LEGENDS".

Contacts & Information:
Joe Castellano
email: info@joecastellanobluesband.com
web: www.joecastellanobluesband.com

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