Joe Martino started his musical career at the age of seven , having studied under the direction of Vince Geraci and Joe Deluca.He also studied Accordion in Italy. Son of Italian immigrants, Joe reflected upon a culture of which music was part of the fabric and spirit. Winner of the Chicago Tribune Music Festival in Chicago and American Accordion Association competition Joe excelled to greater heights with his artistry and mastery of the accordion.
As part of his performance, Joe combines a classic accordion sound with MIDI technology to create a “one man orchestral effect”. He has appeared in numerous Italian festivals, concerts, commercials and other venues and before politicians and other celebrities. He has film credits and worked with entertainers Al Martino and Henry Mancini.
Joe is member of Sag-Aftra Screen Actors Guild having made commercials and starred on the Steve Harvey Show.
Joe worked alongside with Legendary Accordionist Dick Contino at the major Festivals throughout the country.Joe and Dick were lifelong friends putting the “Accordion On the Map” Joe and Dick were the only Accordionists performing on the stages in Milwaukee during those years…Joe considered Contino as an idol and mentor.
Joe sings “Sinatra” with emotion and conviction, and audience participation is expected during his renditions of the Tarantellas and other accordion classics. Joe performed nationally with the late Singer from Tuscany Luigi Lenzi at many Italian Fests and events both in the US and Italy for 28 years. Joe also recorded with Pierluigi and was half the duo of “Martino and Lenzi” at Festa Italiana in Milwaukee for 20 years. In 2002, Joe and Luigi performed at a special private event for actor Roberto Benigni in Los Angeles. Since 2011 Joe has performed for Italian fests nationally and in Italy. In 2014, Joe worked at the Hollywood Casinos of Aurora and Joliet performing “Italian and Sinatra Favorites at the Casinos. In 2015 Joe performed on the Steve Harvey show in Date your Husband! In 2016 Joe did a Commercial for Fifth Third Bank with 170,00 hits.
“Accordion to Sinatra” was released on CD by Joe in 2015 as a tribute to Frank Sinatra. It contains versions of 19 of Sinatra’s most famous songs with accordion and vocals performed by Joe. The CD has special meaning to Joe, a performer who has spent most of his life playing Sinatra’s music.
In 2016, Joe released “Positano with love” an Accordion and Italian classic CD with 15 beautiful songs complete with orchestration.
Joe has been a guest accordionist at many of the Accordion clubs throughout the USA performing with his Classic Bell Borsini Accordion.
In 2011 the Chicago Accordion Club featured Joe Martino along with the legendary Pianist and Accordionist Frank Caruso with Pianist Accordionist Frank Winkler, Bassist Jim Cox, and Drummer Rusty Jones.
In 2012 the Chicago Accordion club featured Joe Martino with Frank Caruso, Bassist Jim Cox, and drummer Bob Rummage.
Joe has the latest in Technology with WIRELESS roving or strolling acoustic accordion and Vocals with background tracks to cover a room 200 feet effortlessly to cover every table and corner of your room.
If you require Italian at it’s best Joe Martino can feature Female Italian singer Stella Raimondi and the Volare dancers. The perfect duo for an Italian American Event. We are NOW booking dates presently for 2018 and into 2019.! Joe Martino represents “The Onesti Music Corporation” in many of it’s festivals and events! If you need from 4 to 10pc. live orchestra we can provide you with live musicians and special arrangements. If you require “DJ” during breaks we can provide you with that with all the latest line dances, etc.If you would like DJ after dinner Peter Martino can provide the DJ and prepare the songlists. If you require comedy during or before the show we can provide for that. NEW! CHECK OUT JOE MARTINO ON THE MUSIC PAGE FOR YOUR ITALIAN-AMERICAN EVENT!
Festa Italiana Milwaukee 20 yrs.
Festa Italiana Chicago 10 yrs. Festa Italiana Taylor St. Festa Italiana Grand Rapids, Mi Festa Italiana Houston, Tx
Festa Italiana Des Moines, IA
Festa Italiana San Francisco, CA
Festa Italiana St. Paul Mn.
Festa Italiana Youngstown, Oh
Festa Italiana Herrin IL.
Festa Italiana Wausau Wis.
Festa Italiana Rockford, IL.
Festa Italiana Las Vegas, NV.
Festa Italiana Addison IL.
Festa Italiana Bluefield WV.
Festa Italiana Madison Wis. Festa Italiana Charleston SC
Centennial Celebration Standard IL.
Columbus Day Celebration Indianpolis Ind
St. Louis Sicilian Society
Governor’s Mansion, Springfield
Memphis Tenn. Concert (Unico)
Tony’s,Grotto for Baron,Baroness di Sorrento, Italy Houston,Tx
Heart of Italy St. Fest. 25th Oakley
Touch of Italy, Taylor St.
American Airlines Milan Inaugural Hollywood Casinos in Aurora and Joliet IL. Centennial, Highwood, IL. Festas in Naples, Florence,Italy Grand Opening Mariano’s Foods, Caputo’s Marketplace Carol Stream The Steve Harvey Show “Date your Husband” Feb. 17th 2015 Commercial for Fifth Third Bank Commercials for Barilla Pasta, Ruffino Wines French Dining expierence Dinner EnBlanc Lincoln pk. Bastille day event
San Donato Fest, Blue Island
Decatur, IL International Celebration, Spring Valley , IL Celebration
Italian Night St.DanielProphetChurch
Merrillville, Ind. Italian Fest
Racine Italian Fest, Crestwood Italian Fest.
Commercials for American Airlines,
Bolla, Ruffino wines, Celeste Foods
Colitis Foundation, Houston Tx.
For Former President Reagan, 1988
San Lorenzo Italian Fest,ChicagoHts
Mt.Carmel Fest, Melrose pk Addison Fall Fest.
Venetian Inn, Minneapolis, Mn.
Taste of Melrose Pk, Elmwood pk., Stone Pk.,Schiller Pk., Norridge Park
Festa Santissima Lauretana
On the Waterfront Fest, Rockford, IL., Alitalia Airlines
Pat Cooper/ with Frank York Orchestra
In Concert with Luciano Taoli
Grand Openings, Carlucci, Rosemont ,Vinci’s, Stefani’s,
Italian Village, Como Inn, Restaurants
Dept. of the Navy
Italian Community Center, Mil, Wis
Sardi’s New York
In addition to multiple Festival Events, Joe has a long history of professional credits and affiliations:
Appearances on American and Italian Television, Radio Productions
Private function for Actor Roberto Benigni. Performed for Former Mayor Rudy Guiliani Performed with Singer Al Martino Performed with Henry Mancini orchestra. Performed for the National Italian Foundation at the Washington Hilton DC for Piazza d’Italia and President George HW Bush and his wife Barbara, Ex Govenor John Connally and his wife,
Joint Civic Committee of Chicago, Italian-American National Foundation Washington DC., Mazzini -Verdi Club, Marroons Soccer Club, Joe Gentile Fundraisers, Lakeview, Alpine Club, Furlan Club,Calabresi in America, Columbian Club, Our Lady Of Pompeii Church, Italian -American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, Highwood Bocce Club , Sons of Italy, Unico International, Italian-American War Veterans, Lucchese Nel Mondo, Rose Lodge, Melrose Pk., S. Giovanni Beato di Caccamo, S. Crocifisso di Cimmina, Italian Radio Theatre, Casa Italia