Jo Sallins


“The good things in my life have come as a result of following my dreams as a musician!  Thank you for allowing me to perform for and with you.”– Jo Sallins

About Jo Sallins

Jo’s philosophy – Give away your talent.  Share your joy and talent.  Encourage and support others to find their talent, whatever that may be.  Jo named one of his first CD’s “Ripple Effect, providing a visual image of how music has affected his life.   Jo’s initial mentor and teacher was the drop of water that changed the surface and created rings moving outward connecting Jo to new musicians and people and positive experiences.


  •   Toured internationally in Asia, Singapore, Canada and Senegal, West Africa 

•   Toured the US.

•   Last 17 years Joe has been performing arts in education programs with Tony Vacca, “World Rhythms.”   

•   20 years ago Jo formed a trio for Performing Arts in Education Programming. Programs offered are concert assemblies, student and faculty workshops and professional development.   

•   Massachusetts Cultural Council Events & Residency Roster teaching member.    

•   New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster teaching member.   


•   17 years private orchestral drumming studies with Jim Calapaletis.    

•   10 years private studies with Billy Arnold on jazz & funk drumming.   

•   9 years private studies of Latin and African Drumming with Alvin Carter & Marshall Small.    

•   Bass–self taught.   

•   Piano–self taught. 


•   Performer at the 2008 Montreal Jazz Festival with a crowd of over 10,000 people!

•   Appearance at the Jazz Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco in 2008

•   Headliner for the Hoop City Jazz and Arts Festival 2007 Received the 2007

•   Brother Rick Award in recognition of his dedication, presentation and advancement of Jazz culture in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

•   Performed With: Alvin Ailey, Frank Hatchett, Vishu Wood, Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms™, Dan Akroyd, Matt “Guitar” Murphy of the Blue Brothers (1 year), Dan Akroyd (1 show) Doug Johns, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Jordan, Gerald Albright, Ed Vadas, Michael Gregory, David Newman, Ellis Hall and Gokh-bi System, Marvin “Smitty” Smith –Drummer for “The Tonight Show” band, Stanley Clarke – Bassist from Chick Corea’s RTF Ensemble 

•   Opened For: Mongo Santamaria, Yusso N’dour, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells with Ed Vadas and the Fabulous Heavyweights, Al B. Sure, Kool and the Gang, Chaka Khan, Baaba Maal and Najee, Gerald Albright, and Stanley Jordan Major Creative Influences: Jo met Chick Corea, the major influence on his performing style as a keyboard player. Jo had the opportunity to give Chick Corea a song that he had composed for him, “Epic Mind” from Jo’s CD “Ripple Effect.”  


The Antenna Cloud Farm Music Walk

Saturday, July 2 // 1-7pm Turners Falls, MA

All performances are FREE with suggested donation to Nolumbeka Project. 

Workshop will be ticketed. 

Schedule and locations announced 5/25. (Raindate: July 3)

This special event is a co-presentation with Montague's RiverCulture. 


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